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In this lesson, we'll learn how to be civilised in French, and say hello and goodbye to people.
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The most usual way to say hello is
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Bonjour.
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This is literally "good day".
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Listen to it bit by bit. First 'good'.
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Bon
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Notice there is no 'n' sound at the end. Your tongue never touches the palate when you say it.
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and then 'day'.
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jour
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Bonjour.
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In the evening, you will often hear an equivalent to "good evening".
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Bonsoir.
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Soir.
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Bonsoir.
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Repeat the word for hello during the day.
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Bonjour.
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Say "good evening" again.
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Bonsoir.
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It's not perfectly clear at what point you switch to it. When you think it's the evening, you can use it.
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Also, French does not have an equivalent to "good morning". You simply use the standard greeting then.
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To say goodbye, you'll want to say:
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Au revoir
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Now some more unformal options. You can use these when meeting friends, or people who use it with you, then you're safe!
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Do not use them when walking into a shop, that will sound rude.
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Both hello and goodbye are the same word, which makes it easy.
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Salut.
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Often you will also hear
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├ža va?
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This normally means "how are you?" but is often used to say hi, mostly by younger people.
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Do you remember how to say hello?
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Bonjour
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What would you rather say in the evening?
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Bonsoir.
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It is usual to ask people how they are doing in most circumstances.
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This is not normally used in shops, where people would feel you are interfering with their private life.
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Here is how to ask formally "how are you?"
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Comment allez vous?
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Comment
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allez
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vous
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Comment allez vous?
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Notice the 't' sound that is added between 'comment' and 'allez'.
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It is called "liaison" in French, and is added for phonetic reasons.
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Ask again "how are you?"
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Comment allez vous?
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Now the informal equivalent:
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Comment vas-tu?
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vas-tu
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Comment vas-tu?
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  • EDL2012
  • source-language:en
  • target-language:fr
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