Greetings in French

The French take pride in their language and expect foreigners to at least have a basic understanding of French. Greetings and introductions are key to getting along in French. Even if you're not fluent in French, knowing the basic greetings, and how to introduce yourself and others, will help you start communicating in French – and with the French people. Click on any of the blue buttons below to hear a greeting, then repeat the greating out load.

English
French
Hello!
Bonjour!
How are you?
Comment allez-vous ?
Good morning!
Bonjour!
Good evening!
Bonsoir!
Fine.
Bien.
Very well.
Très bien.
So-so.
Comme ci, comme ça.
What's your name?
Comment vous appelez-vous ?
My name is Mr. Matthews.
Je m’appelle Monsieur Matthews.
It's nice to meet you.
Enchanté(e).
See you soon.
À bientôt.
Goodbye.
Au revoir.
Goodnight.
Bonne nuit.
Where do you live?
Où habitez-vous ?
I live in Paris.
J’habite à Paris.
This is my wife.
Je vous présente ma femme.
This is my husband.
Je vous présente mon mari.
This is my girlfriend.
Je vous présente ma copine.
This is my boyfriend.
Je vous présente mon copain.
This is my friend.
Je vous présente mon ami(e).
I had a wonderful time.
Je me suis vraiment bien amusé.
Hi
(informal)
Salut
Welcome
Bienvenue
How's it going?
(informal)
Ça va ?
It's going okay.
(informal)
Oui, ça va.
Excuse me
(asking a question)
Excusez-moi
Excuse me
(bumping into someone, or moving through people)
Pardonnez-moi
Good luck
Bonne chance
Sir
Monsieur
Madam
Madame
Miss
Mademoiselle
Pleased to meet you!
Ravi de faire votre connaissance!
Have a good journey!; Safe journey!
Bonne route!
Have a good trip.
Bon voyage.
Cheers!
Santé!
Hi there!
(informal, for children)
Coucou!
What's new?
(informal)
Quoi de neuf ?
Have a good day!
Passez une bonne journée!
Have a good evening!
Passez une bonne soirée!