The 12 Ways To Greet In French You Should Know

The 12 Ways To Greet In French You Should Know

Are you looking for the ways to greet in French as you are now interested in learning the language? Greeting in French need not be hard. In this blog post we will learn only that and the right way to pronounce them.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into it.

There are a lot of ways to greet in French. In the video above, not only will you learn the most common ones of them, but the way to pronounce them as well. If there is anyone that is not clear to you feel free to put it in the comment so that I can come back on it.

Bonjour (bon joor) to greet in French in the day.

I know you are familiar with this one. You may have seen at the TOTAL feeling station. Yes! Bonjour is the most frequent way of greeting and the first word you learn in French when you are learning the language. But I want you to pronounce it right! Try to remember the sound “SURE” inside pleasure., measure. By doing that you will always pronounce BONJOUR like a French-speaking person. It is used between 12 AM – 6 PM in Europe and 12 AM – 12 PM in Africa.

Bonsoir ( bon soo wa) to greet in the afternoon/evening

It is used between 6 PM – 12 AM in Europe and 12 PM – 12 AM in Africa. Let me tell you a quick joke: When I was working at the French embassy in Nigeria, there was a day I met my boss in the corridor around 1 PM and I greeted him by saying, Bonsoir Bertrand. He took a glance at his wristwatch and look at me in amazement and said “It is just 15 mn after 1 pm”. I replied by saying Autant pour moi, Bonjour = my mistake, Good morning Bertrand. So when you want to great the French, remember my joke 🙂

Enchanté ( Anchantay): Nice to meet you

The French great in this way with a handshake at their first meeting with someone. When a person A says Enchanté, a person B will reply Enchanté aussi ( osee = too) meaning happy to meet you too

Coucou ( Coocoo)!: Hey!

We greet in French by saying Coucou when we see a friend from far or when we want to great a baby. In other words, mostly in France, you see ladies use it with their friends and with kids. Some men also use it to great ladies.

Salut (Salu): Meaning Hi / Goodbye

We use it among friends and family members only. To get the right pronunciation of the letter U ( which will be part of our next video) say “ee” with your rounded lips. Just pause the video and repeat it. Do not forget you can’t great your boss or teacher by using Salut

Ça fait un bail / longtemps (Sa fai un bye / Sa fai lontan)

It means “long time no see” This is a way to greet in French that you can use when you meet an old friend or someone you did not see for ages. “Bail” which pronounced like “bye” means a mortgage. This phrase comes from the idea that a mortgage is always tied to the long term.

Allô! is used to great in French to say Hello

You can only use Allô to great in French on the phone as the first way to confirm that you are on the line. According to the popular French daily news, Allô is a deformation of the Hello you have in English which was used by Thomas Edison for the first time.

Comment ça va? / tu vas? = Ça va? meaning How are you?

You can use this to greet in French to inquire about someone’s health and how he/she is doing. Comment ça va? and comment tu vas are formal while ça va ? can only be used among friends and family.

Quoi de neuf ?= On dit quoi? ( kwa de neuf, On di kwa)

Quoi de neuf ?= On dit quoi? ( kwa de neuf, On di kwa) which is a way to greet in French which means what’s up? The former one is mostly used in Europe and the latter in Africa. The answer to this question is rien de spécial = nothing special

Au revoir mean Goodbye in French

You use this way to greet in French when you are leaving someone. You can use it in a formal and informal setting.

A Demain = See you tomorrow

You can say à demain to greet in French when you are leaving someone that you are sure to meet tomorrow. You can use it in a formal and informal setting.

A plus tard means see you later

A plus tard means see you later. You can use A plus tard means see you later to greet in French when you are leaving someone you can still meet at any time.



Now that you know the most important ways to greet in French go practice them with your friends even though they are not native speakers. All you need to know is “Do they have interests in learning French?”. If your answer is YES, please call them and great them and tell them that you have started to learn the French language.

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