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Use of "Salut" in First Lesson

PrivateRadiator

PrivateRadiator

Sorry if this has been covered before but I thought "Salut" was only used with family/friends. I understood that "Bonjour" was the usual greeting. Is "Salut" more common now? Bit confused. Appreciate any help.
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Salut PrivateRadiator, you are correct : The French use *bonjour *which can mean hello, good morning, or good afternoon. *Bonsoir* is used to greet people after dark. *Salut* is an informal greeting used between friends, it's like saying hi in English. You can find a better explanation of the French greetings in the culture session of the lesson 1.6. I hope this helps :)
PrivateRadiator

PrivateRadiator

Thank you for that.
(deleted)

(deleted)

So , would I say Salut to a friend or bonjour? I am confused in lesson 1
juan-c

juan-c

Hola, no se nada de Frances, me gustaria aprender, ademas se poco de ingles. aprendo rapido. gracias y muchos éxitos a todos.\nquiero que me enseñen , en foros , por email: [redacted], skype, etc. \n\nchao
juan-c

juan-c

me skype: jcamilocr.1 chao.
juan-c

juan-c

bonjour
Alex--

Alex--

Bonsoir, comment ça-va? i enjoyed yesterday lesson, but could not be able to get into learning field today as i try open rocket french. please direct me on how to open it against my 3rd day. Bonne nuit!
lanre--

lanre--

bonjour can anybody help me learn french
augustina--

augustina--

salut, i am enjoying the lesson, hope i catch up to speak french better.
Howard-G

Howard-G

Robin - if you use "Bonjour" you cannot be wrong or considered impolite, whether to a stranger or a friend, whereas "Salut" might cause a slight offence. So my advice would be save "Salut" for when you know someone well and have started to use the "Tu" forms and remember it is like an English or American "Hi". Hope this helps.
fleurblanche--

fleurblanche--

Bonjour! I want to sit for the DELF B1 exam. How should I prepare? Can anyone help me?
Latha-S

Latha-S

Salut for the closest friend and dear ones. Bonjour used for strangers, officials Au revoir!
mary-l1

mary-l1

bonjour!i am very interested to learn how to speak french well,hopefully when my husband to be invite me to come to his country i can talk with him and his family to their own languages...thnx
ad--

ad--

bonjour! :)
nora-m

nora-m

Hello everyone first of all i would like to thanks to rocket french i'm enjoy and i like so much,but lesson 2 I tried to open is not work i just want to,to know why?please open for me i need to learn more and more ever!!! have a good day:)
nima

nima

merci
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour à tous! Merci beaucoup to everyone who has had input in the explanation of the difference between 'Bonjour' and 'Salut'. If you don't know what to say, then use 'bonjour' as you will never be considered rude using this greeting. 'Salut' is an informal greeting used for people you already know or often between younger people such as teenagers (even if they don't know each other). If you cannot access lesson 2.1, then I would first ask if you have only signed up for the free trial or have bought Rocket French Premium? J'éspère que cela vous aide! - I hope this helps! Je vous souhaite bonne chance pour vos études! - Good luck for your studies! - Marie-Claire
Maisarah

Maisarah

Bonjour! Merci beacoup pour la explanation Marie-Claire, does that mean 'Salut' can be considered inappropriate in certain situations? Pour example, from a younger to an older person? (Strangers)
(deleted)

(deleted)

Salut tout le monde! I guess "Salut" would be somewhat like saying "Yo" in English. Some strangers may not appreciate it. So stick with "Bonjour" for strangers. ;P
Diana-S1

Diana-S1

"Yo" is slang and isn't used where I live. Slang is never correct, standard English or French. Furthermore, slang should be avoided unless one is totally comfortable with both the language and the local culture. Another thing, slang is often only used regionally or in one particular country. Standard English or French is used everywhere. "Salut," as was already said, is similar to "Hi" in English. These are words we don't say to the police officer or the hotel check-in clerk. In these latter situations we say the more formal "Bonjour" or "Hello." As was said, unless you are comfortable with the person, and are using "Tu" it's better to keep with the formal words. It's always better to sound a little formal than to sound too familiar, whether in English or in French. Changing the subject: Some have expressed wanting to learn and/or be more proficient with French. There's only one way I know how, and it's a 4-letter word -- "Work." Despite what some French learning program advertisements imply, the new language isn't learned in a few weeks or months with little or not effort. Some even imply they're offering immersion, but neither is that correct. The only true immersion is to be dropped into the middle of a French-only community where you never hear and see anything but French. Sorry. If you are using Rocket French, you've made a good start; keep with it. French is my third non-native language after German and Spanish, and I've found none to be easy, but learning another language is possible even for those like me. However, your French lessons aren't enough; you also need practice. Unfortunately, we don't all have a French speaker living near-by, but we can all find French programing on the internet. French language countries such as France and Canada have news networks. YouTube has Learn French for children; these stories often have subtitles -- great for beginners. Don't forget the movies; many English language movies are translated. Find one which you like and already know the story line; watch it over and over until you are comfortable. If you are Canadian, the public libraries often have French material. Besides this, the Rocket French "My Toolbox" has more tips you could consider in your quest for proficiency. Pour finir, quand j'ai voyagé a Paris, j'ai pu dire "l'anglais est facile", mais j'ai pu aussi dir "je parle un petit de francais."

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