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French greetings and salutations

  • If you want to be polite in a French-speaking country, memorize these common French words and phrases and use them liberally in your routine interactions. 

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    FrenchPronunciationEnglish
    à  bientôtah bee-ehn-toesee you soon
    à  demainah deh-mehnsee you tomorrow
    à  toute à  l’heureah toot ah luhrsee you later
    à  vos souhaitsah voh soo-ehtbless you (after a sneeze)
    adieuah-dyuhgoodbye
    au revoiroh reh-vwahgoodbye
    bienvenuebee-ehn veh-noowelcome
    bonne chancebohn shahncegood luck
    bonne nuitbohn nweegoodnight
    bonjourbohn-jhoorhello
    bonsoirbohn-swahrgood evening
    de riendeh ree-enyou’re welcome
    enchantéahn-shant-aypleased to meet you (to a male)
    enchantéeahn-shant-aypleased to meet you (to a female)
    mercimehr-seethank you
    merci beaucoupmehr-see bo-koothank you very much
    salutsah-loohello or goodbye
    santésahn-taycheers
    tant pistahn peenevermind
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