9 Ways To Say Get Well Soon in French

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Many of you would like to say get well soon in French to your French friends. Let’s see how to wish a prompt recovery, say get better, take care in French.

In English, there are many ways to express a get well soon message, express your support when someone is sick: get better soon, get healthy, prompt recovery etc…

But how do you say “get well soon” in French?

I will translate and explain common French support expressions: there’s a bit of nuance to them. This way, you’ll feel prepare when you’ll need to wish someone well in French.

Let’s start with the most common French expression to say “get well”.

The Most Common French Expression to Say Get Well

(Je te/vous souhaite un) bon rétablissement.

This is how we say ‘get well’ in French: ‘get well soon’, ‘speedy recovery’… it conveys all these ideas. “Bon rétablissement” is probably the most common expression used in French to say ‘get well’.

You can skip the first part of the sentence and just say “bon rétablissement” in a text or short message.

How To Say Get Well Soon in French?

Je te/vous souhaite un prompt rétablissement.

The French adjective “prompt” is quite formal but still used.

For some reason, it’s not common to say: “rétablissement rapide”… maybe the repetition of the R is not pleasant to our French ear!! I don’t know why that is but the common French expression for ‘speedy recovery’ is “prompt rétablissement”…

How To Say Speedy Recovery in French?

(Je te/vous souhaite une) convalescence rapide.

That’s another way to say (I wish you a) speedy recovery in French. “”La convalescence” is actually the time you are recovering from a sickness. So, that’s an exact translation of ‘fast recovery’, yet, “prompt rétablissement” is more common in French. “Convalescence” is a bit too medical maybe…

How To Say I Hope you’ll get Better Quickly in French?

J’espère que tu iras / vous irez mieux très vite.

Remember for everything that has to do with how someone is doing/feeling, we use the French verb “aller”, here in the French future tense.

How To Say Take Good Care of Yourself (When Sick)?

Soigne-toi bien (soignez-vous bien) et bon rétablissement.

This is how we’d say in French take good care of yourself and feel better soon when someone has been sick. The verb “soigner” in this case implies to heal, to recover.

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How To Say Take Care in French?

Prends/ prenez bien soin de toi/vous.

Another way of saying “take good care of yourself” in French, but this time the person was not necessarily sick: you can use it as a precaution.

As I write this article, the world suffers from the Covid 19 virus – here is an article about the French Covid 19 vocabulary. I use “Prends bien soin de toi et des tiens” – take good care of yourself and your loved ones at the end of my emails a lot.

How To Say Be Brave In French

Courage ! Ça va aller mieux maintenant.

Another common way to encourage people who are sick in France.

French Encouraging Words

Patience! Ce n’est pas facile d’être malade et ça prend du temps… Je suis désolé(e) pour toi/vous.

Patience! It’s not easy to be sick and it takes time… I’m sorry for you.

How To Say Good Luck for Your Recovery?

Bonne chance pour ton/votre rétablissement.

When someone is sick, this is another way to show your support in French.

I hope you are all doing fine, taking good care of yourself and your loved ones. Please stay safe!

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 25+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Come to Paimpol and enjoy an exclusive French immersion homestay with me in Brittany.

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