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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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    French Pronunciation English
    à  bientôt ah bee-ehn-toe see you soon
    à  demain ah deh-mehn see you tomorrow
    à  toute à  l’heure ah toot ah luhr see you later
    à  vos souhaits ah voh soo-eht bless you (after a sneeze)
    adieu ah-dyuh goodbye
    au revoir oh reh-vwah goodbye
    bienvenue bee-ehn veh-noo welcome
    bonne chance bohn shahnce good luck
    bonne nuit bohn nwee goodnight
    bonjour bohn-jhoor hello
    bonsoir bohn-swahr good evening
    de rien deh ree-en you’re welcome
    enchanté ahn-shant-ay pleased to meet you (to a male)
    enchantée ahn-shant-ay pleased to meet you (to a female)
    merci mehr-see thank you
    merci beaucoup mehr-see bo-koo thank you very much
    salut sah-loo hello or goodbye
    santé sahn-tay cheers
    tant pis tahn pee nevermind

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