French Made Easy With Demoiselle Chety [Lesson One]
Salut mes amis!!! Hello friends! It’s good to have you all here today. I want to welcome you all to my desk. I decided to do this for those people like me who have burning passion for French for personal use, it is also going to be useful to secondary school students as well as university undergraduates.
So today we will be starting from the very first step in every language, greetings in French which is known as “Les Salutations” /le sa-lu-ta-si-yion/. Please friends, note that I will be adding the method of pronunciation in slashes (//) in order to say the French words correctly. So sit tight, get your paper and pen and lets ride on!.
Les Salutations – Greetings.
There are different ways of greeting in French Laguage; The common among them all is “Bonjour”/bon-ju/. You can use this in the morning and afternoon or evening time when you are meeting the person for the first time in that particular day. So let’s take a look at these greetings carefully:
a). Bonjour /bon-ju/ – Good Morning and Good Afternoon:
like I said, this is very common and you can use it in morning and afternoon. I’ve heard so many people greet “ bon aprs-midi”/bon- apre- midi/ as good afternoon. Please the correct greeting in the afternoon is “bonjour”.
b). Bonsoir /bon-swa/ – Good Evening.
c). Bonne Nuit / bon- nuwi/ – Good Night.
d). Salut /sa-lu/ – Hi : this is commonly used as an informal way of greeting in French.
Other ways of greeting in French (asking ‘how are you’) include;
Comment allez-vous? /common-talevu/: It is used for formal purposes or when you are addressing more than one person. You also use it for someone that is older than you.
Comment vas-tu? /common- vatu/: It is used for people of the same age and when addressing just one person.
Comment ça va? /common- sava/: this is another common French word. it is an informal way of asking ‘how are you’. One can also ask ‘ça va’? /sava/.
There are also;
Merci /me-si/ – Thank you.
Merci beaucoup / me-si-boku/ – thank you very much.
Au revoir /o-vuwa/ – Good bye.
A bientôt /a-bien-to/ – See you soon.
Friends, this is where we will draw the curtain for today. We will be taking it bit by bit so that we can achieve the objectives of this lesson at the end. I hope you enjoyed today’s class. Please at your leisure time, go through what you have learnt today over again so that it will stick to the brain. Thank you so much.
I will be online to wait for your questions and for further assistance.
You can contact me via my mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you this time next Saturday.