The two main forms of address you will need to use are “Monsieur” (Dear Sir) and “Madame” (Dear Madame), used when addressing men and women, respectively. If you know the name of the person, you should use it afterwards (e.g. Monsieur John Doe, Madame Jane Doe, and so forth.)
What is a typical French greeting?
The most important French greetings include bonjour (hello), enchanté(e) (nice to meet you), bonsoir (good evening/hello), salut (hi), coucou (hey), Ça fait longtemps, dis donc (long time no see), Âllo (hello), Ça va? (how are you?), tu vas bien? (have you been well?), quoi de neuf? (what’s up?), au revoir!
How do you address a friend in French?
Ami(e) simply means “friend” in French. Add an “e” and it becomes the female “amie”, add an “s” to either form and it becomes the plural “ami” for male friends or “amies” for female friends. It’s used to describe a close friend. Sometimes you will hear the terms “petit ami” or “petite amie”.
How do French show their politeness?
French manners and etiquette
A typical gesture of French manners and politeness, which becomes the opposite if you don’t apply it, is to let another person pass through a door first, and a man always gives way to a woman. If someone gives way to you, it is common to thank them or say pardon.
What is considered polite in France?
How to be polite in France — what to do: ALWAYS start any interaction off with a greeting: bonjour during the day and bonsoir at night. Bonjour madame (or monsieur for a man) is appreciated as well. Always say hello before asking for directions, ordering food, and any interaction with a French person.
How do you respond to Bonjour in French?
You can either reply saying “Bonjour” back or you could say “salut” which also means hello but in an informal way. You can also reply either with “comment allez-vous?” which means how are you or how is it going in a formal way or you could use “ça va?” which also means the same but in an informal way.
How do you say hi in French slang?
1. “Hi” in French – Salut! Just as commonly used, but a bit more informal, Salut is what we could call Bonjour’s cool kid. Meaning “hi”, “hello” or sometimes even “bye”, Salut is the informal French greeting you can use with family and friends but not with your boss or teacher.
What is mon ami?
Translation of “mon ami” in English. Noun. Adverb. my friend. my buddy.
How do you address a French woman?
“Madame” (Mme) for a woman. The plural is Mesdames (Mmes). “Mademoiselle” (Mlle) is a traditional alternative for an unmarried woman. The plural is Mesdemoiselles (Mlles).