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Learn some French Quit Sections Saying Hello Saying Good-bye Meeting a new person A Closer Look Culture Practice Ask the Author Resources
Saying Hello Quit Formal- Bonjour Informal- Salut A formal hello can be used with anyone but especially in business situations, on first meetings, and to show respect. The informal hello can be used with friends and family; it can also be used to say good-bye.
Saying Good-bye Quit Good-bye - Au revoir, Salut See you soon. - À bientôt See you tomorrow. - À demain See you later. - À plus tard, À tout à l’heure All of these leave-takings can be used with people you are familiar with; the most formal way to say good-bye is au revoir.
Meeting a new person Quit What is your name? – Comment vous appelez-vous? My name is _____. – Je m’appelle _____. Delighted/ Nice to meet you.- Enchanté(e) These sayings can be used when asking for someone’s name and introducing yourself. You will notice an e in parenthesis for “Enchanté(e).” This deals with masculine and feminine forms. This does not affect the pronunciation of the word.
French Culture Quit La poignée de main – handshake La bise – kiss Shaking hands and kissing on the cheek are two ways to greet a person. In France, deciding which greeting to chose depends on the people involved. The way in which it is done is also specific to French culture.
La poignée de main – handshake Quit Male friends will shake hands when greeting each other. Business associates and co-workers will also shake hands upon meeting and again when leaving. A French handshake is firm but brief; it is a single downward motion.
La bise – kiss Quit Friends and family will exchange a kiss on the cheek. It can be anywhere from 1 to 4. It starting on the right cheek and alternates between cheeks. Sometimes friends of friends will also kiss cheeks when first meeting each other. How to “French Kiss”
Quit Practice Matching __1. Enchanté(e) A. What is your name __2. Bonjour. B. Delighted/ Nice to meet you __3. Au revoir C. My name is __4. Comment vous appellez-vous D. Hello __5. Je m’appelle E. Good-bye Put the conversation in logical order. _____ Enchanté, Marie. Je m’appelle Marc. _____ Bonjour. Je m’appelle Marie. _____ Comment vous appellez-vous? _____ Au revoir Marc.
Quit Practice Answers Matching _B_1. Enchanté(e) A. What is your name _D_2. Bonjour. B. Delighted/ Nice to meet you _E_3. Au revoir C. My name is _A_4. Comment vous appellez-vous D. Hello _C_5. Je m’appelle E. Good-bye Put the conversation in logical order. _3___ Enchanté, Marie. Je m’appelle Marc. _1___ Bonjour. Je m’appelle Marie. _2___ Comment vous appellez-vous? _4___ Au revoir Marc.
Quit Ask the Author Hello my name is Grace Conley. I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University. I am majoring in French for secondary education. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail me. E-mail Grace