French Greetings - Learn
How To Great People In French...Bonjour!
In this section, you learn only useful French. You can grab these
phrases, and use them right away.
phrases are a must if you are planning a trip to Paris! Even if you are
not traveling soon, you
will know what to say (and what to do) when you meet a French native in
your own city!
start... Ready to learn
how to greet people in French?
Greetings & Courtesies: The Salutation (Adults).
can also call the greetings: "La rencontre" (means: the
meeting) or "les salutations".
(from New York city) meets Pierre (from Paris).
Both are adults and
they don't know each other. We will see later that if John and Pierre
know each other, the conversation will be different.
Bonjour Monsieur! ....... Hello Sir! (or Good morning)
Comment allez-vous?.......... How are you?
John: Je vais très bien,
merci?........ I am fine, thank you.
while this lesson is relatively short, there are many subtleties:
Bonjour (for bonne journée) which means literally: Good day
, can be used in the morning and in the afternoon as well. But that's
not all, it is also used at 6 pm without any problem.
French people also use Bonne après-midi (Good afternoon) and
Bonsoir (Good evening), however many people will say bonjour if they
meet someone for the first time that day.
the vous here needs a little explanation: In English, you have only
"you" for the second person (singular and plural). In French, there is
a little difference: The second person of the singular is: "tu" (=
you). the word "tu" is familiar. You may use it with your family, and
with your friends.
second person of the plural: "vous" is formal. You should use vous when
you don't know someone, or if you are at work for example. "Vous" is
the word you want to use with your boss!
seems to be insignificant, however you don't want to make the mistake.
Imagine that you say "tu" while you are at an interview, or with a
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