French Greetings and Politeness Masterclass
This 33 minute audio lesson will give you the confidence you need to greet people in French, create reflexes when it comes to expressions of politeness (like saying quickly "à vos souhaits" when someone sneezes) and help you avoid embarrassing situations - like saying "bonne nuit" (sleep well) when what you meant to say "bonne soirée" (have a good evening)...
- Train in the pronunciation of greetings and expressions of politeness in modern French
- Gain speed and confidence in real life situations – all conversations start with greetings!
- Understand the differences between "tu" and "vous" (it's much, MUCH more subtle than just friend versus stranger)
- Learn the correct moves, such as when it is appropriate to kiss someone on the cheeks or when you should shake hands!
Table of Content for "French Greetings and Politeness Masterclass"
1. Saying "hi", "goodbye", and "see you later"
2. "Tu" versus "Vous"
- Basic rules
- Going from vous to tu
- More difficult than it seems
- Time period
- History of the distinction between "tu" and "vous"
- Social Class
- Personal Habit
- They say tu = you say tu
- A very subtle yet strong message
- When in doubt, use "vous"
3. Meeting someone: Introducing yourself and asking someone their name
4. "How are you?" is more complicated than it seems
- If you are using "vous"
- If you are using "tu" in a more formal environment
- If you are using "tu" in an informal situation
5. Expressions of politeness
6. The moves: kiss, don't hug!
- Let's start with some vocabulary about kissing
- Who kisses?
- How does one kiss?
- How often do we kiss?
- Kissing in the office?
- Some situations where YOU could get kissed:
- So whith whom do you shake hands?
- How should you shake hands?
- What about "le baise main" (kissing the hand)?
- Target Level:
- Audio Duration:
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Explanations in English & repeat after me sentences in French
- Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis
"Gosh, I said "bonne nuit" instead of "bonne soirée" so many times in the past... Thank you Camille for making this clear for me." - Henry Courtney, USA
"When people asked me "comment allez-vous ?" I used to freeze. Not any longer thanks to French Today's sublime masterclass!" - Paul H. - Ireland
"Tu versus Vous is so much more complex than what it seems. Camille's explanation is brilliant" - George K. - Australia
"The audio is so useful: I put it on my iPod and listen/repeat at the gym. I feel confident now that when I speak French, at least, I am polite!" - Juan Luis - Venezuela