If you’re reading this, toutes nos félicitations! You’ve taken your first step towards broadening your mind and connecting with others by learning a new language. French has a long and storied history and is spoken by people all over the world. But how might you greet a fellow francophone (that’s ‘French-speaker’)? You might try something along the lines of:

  • BONJOUR / HELLO (GOOD MORNING) – a formal greeting, meaning literally “good day”

  • SALUT / HEY – an informal greeting, can also be used as a goodbye

When ending a conversation in French, we can use the following:

  • AU REVOIR / GOODBYE – a formal send off, meaning literally “to meeting again”

  • À BIENTÒT / SEE YOU SOON an informal send off, implies meeting again soon

Before leaving however, you’ll want to exchange information with your new friend! These phrases are essential to conducting introductions:

  • JE M’APPELLE… / MY NAME IS… – this phrase precedes your name

  • COMMENT T’APPELLES-TU? / WHAT IS YOUR NAME? – this phrase is used to inquire another person’s name

  • JE SUIS DE… / I AM FROM…  this phrase precedes your hometown or country of origin

  • D’OU EST TU? / WHERE ARE YOU FROM? – this phrase is used to inquire another person’s hometown or country of origin

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