Does the word "salut" mean "hello" or "goodbye"?
Hello! My name is Alejandra, and the question I'm gonna answer now is: Does the word "salut" mean "hello" or "goodbye"?
"Salut" can be used both for "hello" and "goodbye". It is an informal way of greeting someone or bidding them farewell.
If someone introduces you to a new person, and it is an informal setting, with people your age, you say "salut". And then when each party goes in a different direction, you can say "salut" again.
If you're walking into class and you greet your friend, you say "salut".
If you see a dog on the street and you can't help but go pet him, you say "salut."
If you're chatting online, you can greet someone you know by saying "salut."
Now, remember, "salut" is informal, which means you say it to your friends or acquaintances your age. Another way to greet your peers is "ça va?". Which literally translates to: "Is it going well?"
On a side note: I remember, when I studied in France, the most common form of "hello" that we used was "ça va?". We also used "salut" but we wouldn't use this for "goodbye". This might change in different regions, but the most common ways we would say "goodbye" to each other were:
"à plus tard / à plus"
"à toute à l'heure"
However, saying "Salut" is correct for "hello" and "goodbye", so go ahead and use it in both contexts.
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