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January 2019
Our Culture - People's Republic of China

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Speak Up! in French

Meeting and Greeting

Speak Up! in French

Meeting and Greeting

Common Greetings

Bonjour, monsieur. - Good day Sir.

Bonjour, madame. - Good day Madame.

Bonjour, mademoiselle. - Good day Miss.

Bonjour is an everyday greeting used by anyone at any time of the day. It is usually followed by monsieur, madame, or mademoiselle when addressing adults who are not your friends. People who work in shops, stores, or other businesses expect the customer to greet them upon entering the premises. In return, the customer is expected to exhibit good manners and act politely towards the the employees of the business. So if you want good service, say bonjour along with the title monsieur / madame / mademoiselle before asking for service.

Speaking to a man

Enchanté. - Pleased to meet you.

Enchanté de faire votre connaissance. - Delighted to make your acquaintance.

This phrase is used more by men than women. To further impress your new acquaintance, you may use the entire phrase Enchanté(e) de faire votre connaissance.

Speaking to a woman

Enchantée. - Pleased to meet you.

Enchantée de faire votre connaissance. - Delighted to make your acquaintance.

Men, if you'd like to make a really good first impression with the ladies, this is a very good start. Usually used along with a light kiss on the hand (yes, like you see in the movies).

Heureux de faire votre connaissance. - Happy to make your acquaintance.

Heureuse de faire votre connaissance. - Happy to make your acquaintance.

This phrase is not quite as enchanting or flashy as Enchanté(e), but still it guarantees a smile.

Contents

1. Getting to Know You

• Meeting and Greeting

    » Greetings

    » How are you?

    » What is your name?

    » Introducing Others

    » Taking Leave

More lessons coming soon, so please keep coming back!


Contents

1. Getting to Know You

• Meeting and Greeting

    » Greetings

    » How are you?

    » What is your name?

    » Introducing Others

    » Taking Leave

More lessons coming soon, so please keep coming back!



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