Lesson 6: French Basic Words and Expressions 1: Greetings

Learn the basic Greeting words in French. If you want to start with something really simple or if you just want to to be speaking some basic French words to be polite with the French people on your journey to a French speaking country, then this lesson is for you.

1. Text: List of Basic French Words and Expressions 1: Greetings

French English
1. Salut  Hello
2. Bonjour  Good morning
3. Bonsoir  Good evening
4. Au revoir  Goodbye
5. à bientôt  See you soon
6. à plus tard  See you later
7. à demain  See you tomorrow
8. Bonne journée  Have a nice day
9. Bon après-midi  Enjoy your afternoon
10. Bonne soirée  Have a nice evening
11. Bonne nuit  Good night

2. Notes

What you should know about the French and their language is that in general the French are really polite. Whatever has been said about people from Paris (which is another subject), politeness is ubiquitous in France. While dealing with the locals, you will hear a lot of “merci”, “excusez-moi”, and “s’il-vous-plaît”. It is perfectly normal to say “Bonjour” to complete strangers, the people you are just passing by while walking alone on the street. No one will think you are strange or crazy. It is perfectly normal here!

3. Exercises

Click to show the explanation of the exercise
Type in the French translation of the sentence in English. If you are stuck or need a suggestion, look closely into the dialogue above. Some detail might have escaped your attention.
  The punctuation marks have already been added there for you. Don't add the punctuation mark ( " . ", " ? ", " ! ") at the end of the sentence as it won't validate your answer ! Sometimes you may be asked to add a comma ( " , ") inside a sentence.
  For the French characters, if you don't know how to type them on your keyboard, please use the virtual keyboard provided below the exercise. The French characters are necessary for the sentences to be correctly completed. Otherwise, your sentence won't be validated.
  Please, remember: this kind of exercise, that is reading the lesson first and then trying to retrieve it from your memory and / or helping yourself by looking back into the lesson is EXTRAORDINARILY efficient. You will be surprised how fast you will learn and how quickly you will actually build your own sentences.
1. Hello !

2. Good morning / Hello !

3. Good evening.

4. Goodbye / Bye for now !

5. See you soon !

6. See you later !

7. See you tomorrow !

8. Have a nice / good day !

9. Enjoy your afternoon !

10. Have a good evening !

11. Good night !

4. Homework

  1. Read all the words aloud 5 times. Read the words slowly, exaggerating the sounds with each word. Make a short break (5 seconds) after each reading.
  2. Learn the words by heart. (You need to hit 100 % in the translation exercise above without any help)
  3. Imagine in what situations you could use these words.

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