Greetings

Salutations

Phrases Les phrases
Play Salut
Good-bye informal Hello
Play Au Revoir
Good-bye
Play A plus tard
See you later
Play A bientôt
See you soon
Play A demain
See you tomorrow
Play Bienvenue
Welcome
Play Bonjour
Good day
Play Bon après-midi
Good Afternoon
Play Bonsoir
Good evening Good night greeting
Play Bonne soirée
Good Evening
Play Bonne nuit
Good Night parting
"Bonjour" means "hello", right? Why can't you say it at night?

In this video, I'm explaining the difference between "bonjour" and "bonsoir". Both are used to greet people but not a the same time of the day. Say "Bonjour" until the end of the afternoon and "bonsoir" once the evening starts. Bonjour is a greeting and only a greeting at the difference of "bonsoir" that can be used to say good bye in the evening and evening ONLY.

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: "au revoir" "à bientôt" "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. Thank you for watching. I hope this was helpful to you. Keep asking your questions publicly to help other students with the same questions, and also remember private video sessions are available! See you around!

What's the difference between "bonne nuit" and "bonne soirée"?

Hello, my name is Alejandra and the question I'll be answering now is: What's the difference between "bonne nuit" and "bonne soirée" in French? We use "bonne nuit" when we are going to bed, and we use "bonne soirée" when the night is still young and we're not turning in just yet. Here are a few contexts in which we would say "Bonne nuit". We spent the evening at the bar with some friends, now we're saying goodbye to each other, everyone is going back to their houses because the evening is over, so we all say "Bonne nuit" to each other. It's our nephew's bed time and we tuck him into bed. We say "bonne nuit" and he goes to sleep. We're having a party and we're playing board games well into the night. I'm tired so I say "bonne soirée" to everyone who is still gonna play for a bit longer, and they say "bonne nuit" to me. Here's the difference. If we were to assign either "bonne nuit" or "bonne soirée" to each person, we would have to give "bonne nuit" to people who are sleeping soon and "bonne soirée" to people who are going to continue with their activities for a while longer. It might be midnight, but if our roommate is just walking out the door to meet their friends at the bar, we tell them "bonne soirée". "Bonne soirée" indicates continuity of activities. "Bonne nuit" indicates sleep or turning in for the night. But something important that these both phrases have in common is that we say them at the end, as a goodbye. I hope this was helpful. Thank you for asking your questions publicly, this way other students who may have the same questions will benefit from the explanations of different tutors. Remember private video sessions are an option for one on one learning. Have a nice day!

What's the difference between "Bonsoir" and "Bonne soirée" in French?

Well, they both generally mean "good evening". But you use one when you greet someone, and you use the other when you are saying farewell. In other words, BONSOIR is in the same category as HELLO, whereas BONNE SOIRÉE is in the same category as GOODBYE. Let's imagine for a moment that it's 6PM and you're walking down the street. You enter a store to buy something, and the employee says BONSOIR and you reply the same way. They are saying HELLO to you. Then you get what you need from the store and pay on your way out. When you grab your purchases and make to leave the place, the employee will say BONNE SOIRÉE. So, as you can see in this example, we use BONSOIR when we arrive at the store, and then we use BONNE SOIRÉE when we leave the store. In other words. BONSOIR means GOOD EVENING. BONNE SOIRÉE means HAVE A NICE EVENING. Do you notice the difference? The first one is a way of saying hello. The second one is a good wish you make to a person you're not going to see for the rest of the evening. Here's another example. When I studied in France, I stayed at the house of a french lady. Every day at 7:30PM, my housemates and I would leave our bedrooms and go downstairs to the dining room to have dinner, and we would greet our hostess saying BONSOIR. And then, if we were going out to a bar or to meet some friends somewhere, she would say to us BONNE SOIRÉE, wishing us to have a nice time for the rest of our evening. The main thing you must remember is that BONSOIR equals to GOOD EVENING and BONNE SOIRÉE equals to HAVE A NICE EVENING.

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