French Greetings

Beginner French - Level A1


How much do you know about French greetings? Do you know how to say  “good morning” in French, along with other basic French phrases? This is usually the first task that French learners take on.


Formal and Informal Greetings, saying "Goodbye" as well as basic does and don'ts

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French Greetings

Les salutations - Greetings

Greetings in France are very important in French culture. Below you will find a list of common French greetings that are used in a variety of social settings.

French Expression


Bonjour !

Good morning/Hello!

Salut !


Allô ?


Au-revoir !


À bientôt !

See you soon!

À la prochaine !

See you next time!

À demain !

See you tomorrow!

Bon après-midi !

Have a good afternoon!

Bon week-end !

Have a good weekend!

Bonne semaine !

Have a good week!



  • Bonjour is used at all times of the day. It also takes the place of saying “Good morning.” Be sure to say Bonjour to the shop owner or front-of-house employee as soon as you walk into any store or restaurant in France!
  • Salut is more informal than Bonjour and Au-revoir.

La Bise

  • In addition to a verbal greeting, people in France do something called la biseLa bise is typically done between friends and family where they give an air kiss on both sides of the person’s cheek upon a verbal greeting.
  • In more formal settings (i.e. between business partners or between strangers), handshakes supplement a formal greeting.

Below you will find a list of the most common introductory questions to use in various social contexts.


French Expression



Comment allez-vous ?

How are you?

More formal and polite expression and/or asking to a group of people

Comment ça va / Ça va ?

How are you?

Informal, casual

Ça va bien/mal

I’m doing well/unwell

Either context

Comment t’appelles-tu ?

What’s your name?

Informal, casual

Comment vous appelez-vous?

What’s your name?

Formal and/or plural

Je m’appelle

My name is

Either context


It’s nice to meet you

Either context


Other important French expressions for conversations:

French Expression







Thank you

De rien

You’re welcome

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Directions: Choose the best French expression that you would use in each particular social setting.


  1. Greeting the owner of a boutique on the Champs-Élysées. _________________________
  2. Telling your colleague to have a good weekend. ________________________
  3. Asking your new business partner their name. ________________________
  4. Answering the telephone. __________________
  5. Telling your family that you’re doing well when they ask. ________________________
  6. Greeting your close friend in Lyon. ________________________
  7. Asking the parents of your significant other how they’re doing. ____________________


  1. Bonjour ! - Bonjour is an appropriate way to greet a stranger or business owner at any time of day.
  2. Bon week-end ! - Bon week-end can be used in a formal or informal context to tell someone to have a good weekend.
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous ? - Using “vous” in this expression would be the most appropriate way to ask someone their name in a formal context.
  4. Allô ? - A greeting specifically used on the phone to see if someone is on the other end.
  5. Ça va bien. - Used in a variety of social contexts to say that you’re doing well. Can be interchanged with Je vais bien.
  6. Salut !- Salut is less formal than Bonjour, but both would be appropriate to greet a friend.
  7. Comment allez-vous ? - This expression is used for either formal/polite contexts or when you’re asking more than one person, thus being the most appropriate expression for this example.

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