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How to say how are you in French

How to say how are you in French

Listen to the most common ways how to say how are you in French: part of our free French language lessons online: French greetings.


Listen how to say how are you in French


Download and listen to the French audio how to say how are you in French (mp3, 4KB)


  • Polite: Bonjour. Comment allez-vous? Goodday/hello, how are you?
  • Casual: Salut. Comment vas-tu? Hi, how are you?
  • Pas mal. Not bad.


Learn how to speak French by simply listening and repeating the above French words as good as you can.


Casual hi, how are you in French.


In this online French class you will learn the difference between the formal and casual French language.


When talking to friends or family, the French say: Comment vas-tu? These French words literary translate to English as:


  • comment : how
  • vas : you go (casual)
  • tu : you (casual)


When the French become more formal and start talking to people they respect or meet for the first time, the French say Comment allez-vous? These French words literary translate to English as:


When talking to friends or family, the French say: Comment vas-tu? These French words literary translate to English as:


  • comment : how
  • allez : you go (formal)
  • vous : you formal)


Casual ‘tu’ – formal ‘vous’


The French have 2 ways of translating the word "you":


  • When talking to friends, they will use tu when they want to point to one person.
  • When talking to people they never saw before or in any case they want to point to more than one person, they will use vous.


French language courses will give you an extensive list when to use ‘tu
or ‘vous‘ but:


Rule of thumb: always use vous!


The first time you meet a French person, he will address you with "vous". When you get to know each other better (after a few bottles of French wine or after a few days interacting with each other on a more personal level), suddenly the French person will start using "tu".


Once that happens, you can safely start using "tu" as well. As usual follow the golden rules:


  • be a parrot: always repeat what you hear
  • in France, do what the French do


Hello, how are you in French – Not bad.


Listen again to the French audio how to say how are you in French and notice the last sentence:


  • Pas mal : Not bad


For now just notice that when you see the word "pas" in a French sentence, the French are expressing "not …":


  • pas bien : not good
  • pas mal : not bad


How to say how are you in French summary


This French lesson seems short but you learned 2 very important things in the French language:


  • the difference between formal and casual French
  • an introduction how the French say ‘not’


Read our previous post to learn more ways how to say how are you in French.

French Greetings


Enjoy speaking French greetings in less than 10 minutes! Download this free French language CD snippet. Listen and repeat the French words to learn how to speak French fast: about 10 minutes from now you will be able to fluently pronounce and remember all common French greetings!


Common French greetings


Did you ever tell yourself: "I want to learn French but I don’t have any time to enroll in a French course"?


The good news is that you can speak French or learn any language for that matter at home. Better still, thanks to French language CDs you can learn French anytime, anywhere.


These French language CDs will make you learn French easily, just like you learned your mother language: by listening and repeating.


Download these French Greetings (782KB – Learn French mp3) as an example. You will not only hear the French greetings, but you will be asked to repeat them. After you finished listening and repeating the French words, you will be surprised how fast they are embedded in your memory already.


Learn French greetings


Download and listen to the French Greetings anywhere you can: in your car, going to your office or in the shower and make sure you repeat the French words out loud!


This way you will learn French greetings without any effort as you can rewind the audio over and over again.


Greetings in French:


  • Paul: Salut Claire.
  • Claire: Salut, Paul. Comment ça va?
  • Paul: Bien merci, et toi?
  • Claire: Je vais très bien.


French language translation to English:


  • Paul: Hi Claire.
  • Claire: Hi Paul. How’s it going?
  • Paul: Good thanks, and you?
  • Claire: I’m going very well. (I am very fine)


French Christmas greetings


"Joyeux Noël" are the French greeting words you will hear around Christmas. Listen to the French pronunciation at : French Christmas Greetings.


How to greet people in French


You can have a look in our previous post how to greet someone in French: it does involve kissing… French greetings and salutations do differ depending on where you are in France:


  • most greeting in French is accompanied by one kiss on the left cheek and one on the right
  • in the south of France, the French greet by kissing once on the right once on the left
  • in Paris you could get double as much kisses: right, left right left
  • and in the west of France people will only give one kiss.


When you are new in France, you simply don’t join in the kissing and stick to the French greeting phrases you learned in the audio of this page.


When you don’t know when to use formal French greetings, informal greetings or French business greetings you have 2 options:


  1. always use Bonjour: as that’s both a formal as informal greeting, or:
  2. simply repeat the French language greetings you heard when the French person greeted you.


Simply repeating what you hear is the most simple and always accurate way to greet people in France!


Learning French greetings with French language CDs


Today you have learned not only the most common French greetings, you also learned that you can learn French fast by just listening to French language CDs.


When you are serious about learning French and you want to speak French fast and fluently, we do recommend you buy the complete set of French Language CDs now and learn more French words in the next few minutes! (Only $99.97: that’s 3 cent less than what I charge for 1 hour of teaching French.)

How to say hello in French

how to say hello in french

Listen to the 2 most used words in French and learn how to say hello in French.


This introduction to our free French lessons will teach you about French pronunciation, the French ‘u’ and the French nasal sounds.


Hello in French


In order to help you in learning to speak French well, you need French audio. We recommend the French tapes / French cds from Rocket French (99.95$ with Money Back Guarantee). Listen to the snippet below to say hello in French:


» Audio 1 French TapesClick to hear French Audio


  • Hi, how are you? Salut, ça va?
  • How are you? Ça va?


Hello in French is : Salut


  • The letter t is not pronounced and
  • you have to pucker your lips as if giving a kiss and then pronounce the u.


How are you is translated with saying literary : It goes? Ça va?


Notice that Ç , (a c with a 5 underneath) is one of the French ways of depicting an S sound.


Hello how are you in French?



Try to repeat the French audio as is without looking at the transcript of the French audio because… the French writing will confuse you in the beginning! We will explain more in detail below.


Transcript of the French audio:


  • Good day madam : Bonjour Madame.
  • Good day sir : Bonjour Monsieur.


  • Hello Paul, is it going well today : Salut Paul, ça va bien aujourd’hui?


French nasal sounds


French people use "their noses" not only to eat their delicious French food, but also to pronounce what is called "nasal sounds".


Nasal sounds are like trying to speak without opening your mouth and you will feel a kind of humming vibration in your nose!


When a French vowel (a,e,i,o,u) is followed by m or n, the ‘m’ or ‘n’ is silent and the vowel should be pronounced in your nose :

    the sound made when kids close there noses to act as if they are speaking on the phone.


» Audio 2 French TapesClick to hear French Audio


Listen and repeat as good as you can, open your mouth as little as possible:


  • French nasal sounds like un :
    • un (1)
  • French nasal sounds like in :
    • cinq 5), quinze 15), vingt (20)
  • sounds like en :
    • trente (30), Henri, Jean, comment (how)
  • sounds like on :
    • onze (11), bonjour (good day, hello), bonsoir (good evening), Simon


French greetings


French greetings are the first phrases you can use immediately when learning French.


Equally important are the responses to the greetings. When you have a sharp ear are a master parrot, you French greeting could be just repeating the same phrase as the one you heard when a French person greeted you.


When you learn French in France or travel to France for holidays, you will hear French greetings on a daily basis, so you will internalize them fast. Just go greeting every French person you see in the streets!


How to say hello in French summarized


  • Casual ‘Hi", ‘Hello’ : Salut
  • Casual and formal : Bonjour


 Notice that what the French write doesn’t look the same as what you hear.


Be aware of French nasal sounds written like "an", "in", "en", "on" and "un".