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French Greetings with Pronunciation

Below you will learn basic greetings, introductions and common expressions useful when you want to greet or to start a conversation in French. The greetings and goodbyes found below are used formal and / or informal. If you want to say Hello in the formal way, try to use the French equivalent of Good evening or Good day, depending on the time of the day. Now, let's learn how to say Hello, Goodbye, Thank you and You’re welcome in French.

English French Pronunciation
Hello / Hi Salut sah-loo
Good day Bonjour bon-zhoor
Good evening Bonsoir bonswah
Good night Bonne nuit bon noo-wee
Welcome Bienvenue been-vay-noo
Goodbye / Bye Au revoir! oh ruhv-wah
So long! A bientôt! ah bee-ahn-toh
Thank you / Thanks Merci mayr-see
Thank you very much Merci beaucoup mayr-see boh-koo
With pleasure! Avec plaisir! ah-vek play-zeer

You might wonder why you can not find Good Morning or Good afternoon as a greeting in the French language, the answer is simple, French people do not use Bon matin (Good Morning) or Bon après-midi (Good afternoon) as a greeting. In the morning and in the afternoon, until 6 pm, they greet you, with Good Day (Bonjour).

How to make introductions in French

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions and knowing the proper way to make introductions in a particular language can help you make a good first impression.

English French Pronunciation
How are you? Comment ça va? koh-man sah vah
What is your name? Comment t'appelles? koh-muhn ta-payl
What is your name? Quel est votre nom? (formal) kwehl eh votr nom
What is your last name? Quel est votre nom de famille? (formal) kayl eh votr nom duh fam-eel
My name is... Je m'appelle... zhuh ma-payl
Glad to meet you Enchanté an-shan-tay
Can you help me? Pouvez-vous m'aider? poo-vay-voo may-dee
yes ; no oui ; ne oo-wee ; noo
I do not understand Je ne comprends pas jeu noo kohm-prand pas
I do not speak French Je ne parle français jeu noo parl fran-say
I do not speak well French Je ne parle pas bien français jeu noo parl pa bee-an fran-say
Excuse me Excusez-moi ex-qoo-zay moh-ah
I apologize Je m'excuse jeu mex-qooz
Please S'il vous plaît seel voo play

Important! Because some French sounds are not found in English we have tried to come up with something that sounds similar, for this reason the pronunciation tips from above are simply informational and does not offer any guarantee.

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