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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The 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.
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Hello! / Good morning!
Bonne matinée !
Have a good morning!
French people are famous for kissing each other in the morning, which can be surprising to some foreigners! It is true that friends will often kiss each other, faire la bise, even men. It is less common to kiss colleagues, and men will often just shake hands, serrer la main.
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)
That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it, that you learned new expressions, bettered your pronunciation, and that you're now ready to greet French speakers in the morning!
À bientôt !
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
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