Chapter 11
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Bonjour or bonne journée?

Should I say bonjour, bonne journée, bonsoir, etc... when meeting/leaving someone ?

The table below gives the answer:

  when meeting s.o. when leaving s.o.
in the morning bonjourAudio. Press to listen! bonne matinée
in the afternoon bon après-midi
in the evening bonsoirAudio. Press to listen! bonne soiréeAudio. Press to listen!
at night bonne nuitAudio. Press to listen!

Some examples:

  • Bonjour Maman, tu as bien dormi ?
    Good morning Mum, did you sleep well?
  • Bonne journée monsieur Roland.
    Have a good day Mr Roland.
  • Bonsoir! Comment allez-vous ?
    Good evening! How are you doing?
  • Bonne nuit Antoine.
    Good night Antoine.
Chapter 11
Time and date