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How to Introduce and Greet someone in French

One of the ways in which French differs from English is that French uses formal and informal registers of language. These are expressed in the choice of the subject pronoun (vous is formal; tu is informal); the form of the verb; and, sometimes, in the way a question is formed

Always address adults whom you don’t know well using the formal form of the verb, and reserve the informal for friends and children. It is interesting to note that Americans have a tendency to be informal in many situations in which the French prefer to interact formally. We’ve indicated below whenever a given sentence is formal or informal.

You will discover that although the subject pronoun for “we” is nous, the pronoun on frequently is used instead. You can usually tell by the context whether the speaker using on is referring to someone in general, or to the first-personal plural form “we.”

You also will note that another difference between French and English is that nouns in French are either masculine or feminine. This has nothing to do with actual gender—say, the inherent masculine nature of le stylo (the pen), so it’s better to memorize the gender of a noun rather than try to figure out this system of classification! Another important aspect to remember about the gender of nouns in French is that articles, adjectives, pronouns, and some verbs must agree with nouns in gender and number. We have indicated this below where appropriate by providing both the masculine and feminine forms, with the feminine form indicated either with an “e” in parentheses or given in a separate example. Note that when choosing sentences to describe yourself, you’ll want to choose the appropriate form.

Greetings : 1

Allow me to introduce you to my colleagues.Permettez-moi de vous présenter mes collègues.
My name is ...Je m'appelle ...
This is my boyfriend.Je vous présente mon copain.
See you soon.À bientôt.
This is my child.Voici mon enfant.
Good morning. Bonjour.
This is my girlfriend.Je vous présente ma copine.
Allow me to introduce you to my friend. (f—feminine)Permettez-moi de vous présenter mon amie.
This is my wife. Je vous présente ma femme.
Pleased to meet you. (if you are male)Enchanté.
Good evening. Bonsoir.
Have a nice day.Bonne journée.
This is my sister.Voici ma sœur.
This is my daughter.Voici ma fille.
Good night. (bedtime) Bonne nuit.
This is my spouse/partner.Je vous présente mon conjoint.
Allow me to introduce you to my friend. (m—masculine)Permettez-moi de vous présenter mon ami.
Good-bye.Au revoir.
I am a businessman.Je suis homme d'affaires.
I’m studying French.J’étudie le français.
This is my children.Voici mes enfants.
This is my family.Voici ma famille.
What line of work are you in?Quelle est votre profession?
This is my son.Voici mon fils.
I am a stay-at-home mom.Je suis femme au foyer.
I am a doctor.Je suis médecin.
How are you? (formal)Comment allez-vous?
This is my brother.Voici mon frére.
Pleased to meet you. (if you are female)Enchantée.
This is my husband.Je vous présente mon mari.
I am a businesswoman.Je suis femme d'affaires.
I am an architect.Je suis architecte.
I am an engineer.Je suis ingénieur.
I am a teacher.Je suis prof.
I am retired.Je suis à la retraite.
I’m studying biology.J’étudie la biologie.
I'm a college student.Je suis étudiant(e).
Where are you from? (formal)D’où venez-vous?
I am a university professor.Je suis un(e) universitaire.
I’m studying history.J’étudie l’histoire.
I’m studying chemistry.J’étudie la chimie.
I’m studying engineering.J’étudie l’ingénierie.
Fine, thanks. And you?Je vais bien, merci. Et vous? (formal)
All right.Ça va.
I’m studying English.J’étudie l’anglais.
Where are you from? (informal)Tu viens d’où?
How are you? (informal)Ça va?
What is your phone number?Quel est votre numéro de téléphone? (formal)
What is your email address?Quelle est votre adresse courriel? (formal)
I am a scientist. Je suis un(e) scientifique.
I am American.Je suis américain. (m.)
I am from Boston.Je suis de Boston.
What a pleasure to see you.Quel plaisir de vous voir. (formal and when addressing a group)
Are you French?Vous êtes français? (m.)
What is your address?Quelle est votre adresse? (formal)
Here is my address.Voici mon adresse.
Come visit us.Venez nous rendre visite.
Here is my cellphone number.Voici mon numéro de portable.
Can I visit you sometime? (informal)Je peux te rendre visite un jour?
Here is my website address.Voici l’adresse de mon site Internet.
May I see you again?Puis-je vous revoir?


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