Good morning in French
Saying Good morning to French people (particularly when entering shops) can make a huge difference to how you are perceived. French people love it when you speak French and are polite as well!
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How to say Good morning in FrenchThe French word that is used to say Hello, Bonjour, is also used to say Good morning, and does not include a reference to matin, morning in French.
Friends use Salut a lot, the equivalent of Hi.
When French people actually say Bonne matinée, literally Good morning, it is when leaving to wish a good morning, and never to greet people.
Hello! / Good morning!
Bonne matinée !
Have a good morning!
La bise follows a very strict code! In most French regions it's two kisses, one on each cheek, but in some parts of France it's only one (in Britanny for example), three (in the south) or even four (in Normandy)!
Serrer la main
To shake hands
Une poignée de main
A kiss (on the cheek)
Faire la bise
To kiss (on the cheek)
If you want to learn how to say Goodbye in French or other French salutations then check these lessons out!
À bientôt !
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team