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Greetings

There are two ways of speaking in French, formal and informal. This is especially important when greeting somebody for the first time or even after. For instance, talking to somebody you don’t know with to much informality can show disrespect and greeting someone you do know with to much formality can show coldness.

The basic greetings are;

Informal

GreetingEnglishAnswerEnglish
Çava?How are you?ÇavaI am fine.
Çava très bienIt’s going very well.
Çava bienIt’s going well.
Çava pas malIt’s not bad.
Çava bofNot great.
SalutHelloSalutHello

Formal

GreetingEnglishAnswerEnglish
Comment allez-vous ?How are you?ÇavaI am fine.
Çava très bienIt’s going very well.
Çava bienIt’s going well.
Çava pas malIt’s not bad.
Çava bofNot great.
BonjourGood DayBonjourGood day
BonsoirGood eveningBonsoirGood evening