Have you ever traveled to a French-speaking country and heard somebody greeting you without you knowing how to respond? Have you ever wished to greet your French neighbor in his own language?
French greetings are not so difficult in and of themselves but the pronunciation can be difficult that’s why my first video was about the French alphabet.
Let’s get started! the famous formal greeting is: “bonjour”: the prononciation of the french “r” looks like the german pronunciation of “ch” as in the word “achtung” but in French, the sound is a little bit lighter.
Then, when we greet somebody during the afternoon, we usually say “bon après-midi” and when it’s evening, we say “bonsoir”. Lastly, before going to bed, French people usually say: “bonne nuit”.
But when we are closer to people, like our family and our friends, we tell them “salut” or “coucou” (=hey).
When we leave people we can tell them:
- “Au revoir”→ formal
- “A bientôt” (= see you soon)
- “A plus tard” or “A plus”→ the second one is used with people we know well
- “A demain” (= see you tomorrow) or “On se voit demain/dans une semaine (= in a week) /dans un mois (= in a month)…
A useful link: http://www.fluentu.com/french/blog/learn-french-greetings/