Lesson 4: Greetings

French Dialogue • Greetings
Greetings Les salutations
Jacques et Marie
Jacques Bonsoir, Marie.
Marie Euh ? Tu t’appelles comment ?
Jacques Moi[1], je m’appelle Jacques.
Marie Ah, oui. Quoi de neuf, Jacques ?
Jacques Pas grand-chose. Alors , au revoir, à demain, Marie.
Marie À la prochaine, Jacques.
Olivier et Luc
Olivier Salut.
Luc Bonjour.
Olivier Tu t’appelles comment ?
Luc Luc. Et toi ?[3]
Olivier Je suis Olivier.
Luc Ah, oui. Alors, à bientôt, Olivier.
Olivier Salut, Luc !


French Vocabulary • Greetings
Greetings Les salutations
Salut Hi./Bye. (informal)
Bonjour Hello (more formal than salut) (all day)
Bonsoir Hello (after 19h00)
Bonne soirée Good evening
Bonne nuit Good night bun nwee
Quoi de neuf ? What’s up (about you)? (lit. what’s new)
Pas grand-chose. Not much. (lit. no big-thing)

Formal Lesson – Greetings

When talking to one’s peers or to children, Salut is used as a greeting. Its English equivalents would be hi and hey. Bonjour, literally meaning good day, should be used for anyone else. Bonsoir is used to say Good evening. Bonne nuit is used to say Good night before going to bed.


French Vocabulary • Greetings
Good-bye Au revoir
Salut. Hi./Bye. (informal)
Au revoir. Good-bye. ohrvwahr (ev not pronounced)
À demain. See you tomorrow. ah duhman (Lit: To/Until Tomorrow)
Au revoir, à demain. Bye, see you tomorrow.
À tout à l’heure. See you (later today)! ah tootah luhr
À la prochaine. See you (tomorrow)! ah lah proh shayn
À bientôt. See you soon. ah byantoe
Ciao Bye. chow (Italian)

Formal lesson – Good-byes

In addition to being used as an informal greeting, Salut also means bye. Again, it should only be used among friends. Another informal greeting is ciao, an Italian word commonly used in France. Au revoir is the only formal way to say Good-bye. If you will be meeting someone again soon, use À bientôt or À tout à l’heure. À demain is used if you will be seeing the person the following day.


Tu t’appelles comment ? is used to informally ask someone for his or her name. It is normal to just reply by stating your name, however you may also respond Je m’appelle [name] (I am called…). In the next lesson, you will learn more formal ways of asking someone for their name.