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Greetings – French Story + Translation + Audio

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Jan 7, 2021
woman kissing hi or goodbye in France

Practice your French with this free dialogue featuring French greeting terms + slow and fast French audio recordings + English translation.

Juliette greets Natasha, an American friend who is in Paris for a short visit.

Remember that when in France, you need to shake hands or do a French style kiss on the cheeks – there is absolutely no hugging in France!

1 – How to Study With This French Audio Dialogue

  1. Don’t read the transcript!
    Fist only listen to the audio. Listen to the slower speed : an overly enunciated audio recording.
  2. Study the vocabulary and repeat it out-loud – mimic my voice, my intonation, how I group the words, where I pause and breathe.
  3. Listen to the modern spoken French recording. This is how French people would speak today in a regular environment, among friends. You may not need to speak that fast at first, but you need to train your ear to be able to understand it.

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🎧 Enunciated French story recording

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2 – French Greeting Dialogue

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Juliette : Bonjour Natasha, bienvenue à Paris.

Hi Natasha, welcome to Paris.

Natasha : Bonjour Juliette, merci beaucoup de m’inviter chez toi.

Hi Juliette, thank you so much for inviting me to your house.

Les filles s’embrassent.

The girls kiss each others.

J : Ce soir, je voudrais te présenter aux membres de ma famille.

Tonight, I would like to introduce you to the members of my family.

N : J’ai hâte de faire leur connaissance.

I can’t wait to meet them.

J : N’oublie pas d’embrasser mes sœurs et ma maman deux fois.

Don’t forget to kiss my sisters and my Mom twice.

N : Et ton papa ?

And your Dad?

J : Tu peux l’embrasser ou lui serrer la main, comme tu veux.

You can kiss him or shake his hand, as you wish.

N : Et comment dois-je m’adresser à tes parents?

And how should I address them?

J : Et bien, tu dois les vouvoyer tous les deux.  Et dire, «Bonjour Monsieur, bonjour Madame, enchantée de faire votre connaissance».

Well, you need to use “vous” with both. And say “Hello Sir, Hello Ma’am, it’s nice to meet you.”

N : Et tes sœurs ?

What about your sisters?

J : Tu peux les tutoyer.

You can say “tu” to them.

N : Et qu’est-ce que je fais avec tes grands-parents ?

And what should I do with your grand-parents?

J : Et bien, tu devras leur serrer la main et les vouvoyer bien sûr.

Well, you’ll shake their hands and use “vous” of course.

N : Et quand je pars ?

And what about when I leave?

J : Tu peux dire «Au revoir, à bientôt, merci», et embrasser tout le monde. Ma famille est assez décontractée.

You can say: “goodbye, talk to you soon, thanks” and kiss everybody. My family is quite relaxed.

N : Merci Juliette, maintenant je suis prête.

Thank you Juliette, now, I’m ready.

This homework was done by my French student by Skype Eric after studying my audiobook French greetings and politeness. Merci Eric!

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Can You Understand Today’s Spoken French?

It’s not just slang. The French everybody speaks in France today is NOT the overly enunciated, extremely formal French usually taught to foreigners.