How to Say Good Afternoon in French
Just like every other country, greeting someone at different times of the day is customary. Whether you meet someone in the morning or afternoon, French culture considers greeting first as a polite way to start a conversation. The common phrase for good afternoon in French is – bonjour or bonne après-midi.
Bonjour – This is the formal greeting in the afternoon. Bonjour can be translated to mean “good day” in English. This is why it is often common for people to greet using this French greeting phrase both in the morning and afternoon. Most French-speaking countries will say this phrase once it’s not dark outside.
Another way to say good afternoon in French is bonne après-midi. While bonne après-midi translates to “good afternoon,” bonjour is more flexible, hence, considered an all-purpose term. Bonjour is often polite and works in virtually all situations. If you plan to visit a French-speaking country, ensure that you learn this French greeting phrase.
Examples of when to say Good Afternoon in French
Good afternoon, madam. – Bonjour Madame.
Good afternoon Henry. How are you? – Bonjour Henry. Comment s’est passé votre nuit?
Good afternoon my love. – Bonjour mon amour.
Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. – Mesdames et messieurs, bonne après-midi.
Good afternoon. Can you please help me find the eiffel tower. – Bon après-midi. Pouvez-vous s’il vous plaît m’aider à trouver la tour eiffel.
Learning how to say good afternoon in French and more
Just like most countries, France will also switch from good morning to good afternoon after mid day. The French are a very respectful people and find it rude not to start a conversation with a greeting. Even just saying hello will get you farther in your travels as the locals help you with directions or popular destinations you are searching for. Other greetings you should consider learning are good morning, how are you, good evening, and thank you. The more you can associate yourself with the culture, the better your vacation will be.