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French people have been wishing each other Bon voyage (Have a nice trip) for centuries. The saying is so common that it’s one of those French phrases that’s been adopted into other languages, including English .

Despite how frequently you might hear it, like any ultimate travel destination, bon voyage offers a lot more to discover than you might expect.

Let’s take a guided tour of Bon voyage  and learn about the travel habits of the French along the way!

What does bon voyage mean?

Bon voyage means “Have a good trip”. But as you can see, there aren’t quite as many words to it. Literally, it’s just “Good trip/voyage”.  So, how did we get there?

Wishes in French with bon(ne)(s)

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Bon voyage is a shortened form of a phrase like Je vous souhaite un bon voyage. (I wish you a good trip.) or Fais bon voyage (Have a good trip.).

Both of these sentences are still used today, but they tend to be more formal (for the first) or uncommon (for the second).  This is because the French like to keep things brief, so why not just say it in two words?

Bon voyage isn’t the only phrase that expresses a wish like this. There’s a whole list of them, and you may know at least a few already.

These include:

  • Bonne année  – Happy New Year
  • Bonnes vacances – Have a nice vacation
  • Bon appétit – Enjoy your meal
  • Bonne journée / Bonne soirée – Have a nice day/evening
  • Bon weekend – Have a nice weekend
  • Bonne route – Have a good/safe drive
  • Bon anniversaire – Happy birthday! This is a less common equivalent of Joyeux anniversaire .

You’ll frequently hear and see these phrases – and you may discover some others, as well. In French, you can add Bon , Bonne, Bons, or Bonnes to a noun (often a gerund (a noun that describes an action)) to say “Have a good….” or “Enjoy…”.

For instance, if you run into someone as you’re headed to the movies, they might tell you << Bon film !>> (“Enjoy the movie!”).

Or you could hear Bonne baignade ! (Have a nice swim!),  and so on.

The structure Bon(ne)(s) + noun works for so many situations, but it can be tricky for us non-native speakers sometimes. For instance, if you want to say “Enjoy the book!”, you can’t use the word livre (book); it would be Bonne lecture! (Happy reading!).

Expressing a complex wish, like “Have a nice day at work!” can also be confusing. You can’t just say Bon travail ! – that literally means “Good work/Good job!”. 

So, what can you do to be sure you get these phrases right?

Sometimes, using these expressions is something that will come from listening to and absorbing French.

Other times, you might be able to correct yourself if you realize you’re using an expression that already means something, as in the case of Bon travail . 

And when it comes to one of those complex wishes, like “Have a good day at work,” it’s probably best to just say it in a different way – it’s not a simple idea, after all.

So, “Have a good day at work” could be Passe une bonne journée au bureau! or in a more formal conversation, Je te/vous souhaite une bonne journ é e au bureau!

….Then again, since the French prefer to keep things concise, you could probably just say Bonne journ ée and leave it at that.

If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry. The phrases with bon(ne)(s) that I’ve listed, as well as a few others , are the most common ones, and are important to know. But if you feel unsure about using bon(ne)(s) + noun otherwise, remember that there are always other ways to say what you want.

For example, I could say «  J’esp è re que tu passeras une bonne journée au travail. » (I hope you’ll have a good day at work) or « J’esp ère que ce livre te plaira. »  (I hope you’ll like this book.). Just think about the meaning behind the wish.

Other ways to wish people well in French using bon(ne)(s)

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The expressions we’ve just learned about translate to “Have a good____”. But there are some other expressions in French that use bon(ne)(s) to wish people well in a slightly different way.

In these cases, instead of talking about something concrete or expected, these expressions refer to things like luck or the future.

You’ve probably come across one of the most famous before:

Bonne chance – Good luck

Other common phrases like this include:

  • Bonne continuation   – Keep it up! or Good luck with your future endeavors!
  • Bon rétablissement – Get well soon
  • Bon courage – Hang in there (Although this phrase isn’t necessarily as informal is “Hang in there,” and can be used in most situations)

There’s no major difference between these expressions and others like them , and the ones we looked at earlier, but there are two subtle ones you may come across:

• These well-wishes tend to stay in their original structure. Whether they’re stand-alone statements, or used in a longer phrase (ex: Je vous souhaite une  bonne continuation ), you wouldn’t replace Bon/Bonne with Super in any of these phrases.

• When you’re talking about events, like your continued career or your path back to health, you add un or une before bon/bonne when it’s used in a sentence, as you can see in the example in the previous paragraph. But when you talk about a totally abstract concept or feeling like luck or courage, you don’t use an article (ex: Je te souhaite bon courage. ) .

How to take bon voyage to the next level

Although you can’t add to or change the core phrases we saw in the last section, you can modify bon voyage and its closest cousins a bit.

Most of the time, Bon voyage is a perfectly normal way to wish someone a good trip. But maybe you want them to know you hope they have an EXTRA good trip.

In this case, you can add tr è s (very), like so: Passe(z) un tr è s bon voyage. or Je vous/te souhaites un tr è s bon voyage.

In informal situations, like when you’re talking to a friend, you could replace tr ès bon or just tr ès with super.  For example: Passe(z) un super voyage OR Passe(z) un super bon voyage.

For more formal situations, excellent would be a good replacement.  For example: Je vous souhaite un excellent voyage.

You’ve probably realized that when you add tr ès, super , or excellent , you can’t just use Bon voyage on its own, though.

Do the French say Bon voyage a lot?:  The French and travel

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The average working French person gets five weeks of paid vacation a year, plus about a week’s worth of personal days. There are also a number of national holidays in France, and schools have two-week vacations every six weeks, plus two months of summer vacation. Train tickets are usually affordable, and low-cost airlines operate out of many French airports. So it’s no wonder that the French are among the nationalities that travel the most . 

Where and when do the French travel?

But where do they like to go?  It turns out that most French people tend to travel primarily within France .

Part of this can be explained by the French rail system, which is highly developed and fairly affordable. It’s easy to go to major cities or even small towns, and since many trains are high speed, a trip like that might only take a few hours. Add to this the wide range of landscapes to be found in mainland France alone – from the warm beaches of the Côte d’Azur, to the ski slopes of the Alps, to attractions in major cities like Paris. France is even home to Europe’s only Disney theme park.

And of course, many French people use at least some of their vacation time to visit family and friends who also live in France.

As for when the French travel, there are some traditions around that. But it turns out they don’t totally reflect reality.

For instance, French people typically go on their longest or even only vacation in summer. August is considered a month when everything shuts down (well, except in vacation/tourism destinations, of course). Entire businesses will close their doors because everyone is on vacation.

But with globalization, as well as new, strategic ways of thinking, that’s changed in recent years. According to recent statistics, 69% of the French population takes a summer vacation. But many companies have at least a few employees who stay behind in August – and those people aren’t always disappointed about it. Some French people prefer to work during this time because their offices are usually calmer since so many of their coworkers and bosses are away. They take a vacation another time – when most destinations will be less crowded and pricey, besides.

Similarly, in winter, especially during the winter school holidays, French people traditionally go on ski trips. And yet, it turns out that only 1 in 10 French people go skiing every year.

Part of these lower-than-expected numbers is due to cost. Not everyone can afford to travel – especially taking a ski trip, which involves a lot of expenses beyond room and board.

Which countries do the French travel to most?

Although France itself is the number-one travel destination for French people, the French do go abroad, as well. And when you think about it, with all of the vacation time they have, a majority of a French person’s travel might be national, but they might go beyond their borders for at least one of those trips.

The top countries visited by the French in 2019 include Spain, Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, and Russia, as well as Canada and the United States.

What do people think of French tourists?

All of this traveling has earned the French  a reputation in the hospitality and tourism industries, as well as with locals in certain places. The typical French tourist is known to be critical, curious, cheap, and seductive.

As some of the people interviewed in this article suggest , seemingly negative traits like being critical may also make them have a more in-depth travel experience. For instance, a tour guide in India explains that instead of saying that they like or don’t like an ice cream flavor, a French tourist will often ask about what’s in it.

They might also make suggestions for how its taste might be improved, which goes with another way the French are perceived: as comparing everything to how good it is or how much it costs back in France.

None of this is to say that the French are terrible tourists (even though they often joke about this amongst themselves). After all, tourists from every country have their good and bad points , and a lot of times it has to do with how well their culture meshes with the local one.

For what it’s worth, one thing I’ve noticed about French people who travel to other countries is that whether or not they complained or made comparisons to France on-site, they generally seem to see their experience as positive, even as a way to expand their knowledge and perspective on the world. Whether they spent a week sunbathing on a beach somewhere, or visited a new city or monument, they come home with a sense of having learned something, and (understandably) often nostalgia for the place they left.

This Egyptian tour guide agrees with me. She loves French tourists because [ i]ls sont très cultivés, ils s’intéressent aux monuments. Ils ne voyagent pas seulement pour prendre des photos (They’re very educated, they’re interested in monuments. They don’t travel just to take pictures.).”

A recent survey shows that 53% of French people see taking a vacation as important and something they’re willing to make sacrifices for.  In addition to self-care and getting away from it all, I think some of this could also be chalked up to wanderlust and a natural curiosity and fascination with other places.

Do you have a favorite place to travel? How about somewhere you dream of going – particularly in France? Whether you’re planning a trip or just armchair traveling, Bon voyage!

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French to English translation

Translation : Have a nice trip

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IPA : / bɔ̃ vwajaʒ /

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What does bon voyage mean?

It literally means:

  • Voyage → Trip

It means "Have a good trip " or "Have a nice trip ". We use it when saying goodbye to someone (or a group of people) leaving for a trip, to wish a safe and nice time during the trip.

Cool thing: "bon voyage " is also used in English with the exact same meaning.

When you want to wish a safe and good trip to someone or a group of people, you can simply add "Bon voyage ". 

If you want to make a sentence out of it, you can say: "Fais bon voyage " (Have a nice/good trip). And for a formal version, use instead: "Je vous souhaite un bon voyage → I wish you a good/nice trip "

If the trip involves driving on the road, you can use "Bonne route → Have a nice (trip on the) road ". And if it's a flight: "Bon vol → Have a good/nice flight ".

Finally, if the trip is about going home, you can also use "Bon retour → Have a good/nice journey home ".

A little trick, if you add "bon(ne) " before a noun, it will mean: "enjoy *noun* " or "have a nice/good *noun* ".

Few examples:

  • Bonne journée → Have a nice day
  • Bon week-end → Have a nice weekend
  • Bon appétit → Enjoy your meal
  • Bonne visite → Enjoy your visit
  • Bon match → Enjoy the game
  • Je vous souhaite un bon voyage → I wish you a good/nice trip
  • Fais bon voyage → Have a good/nice trip
  • Bonne route → Have a nice (trip on the) road / Be safe on the road
  • Bon vol → Have a good/nice flight
  • Bon retour → Have a good/nice journey home

Example in a dialogue with French audio

Allez, on y va !

Come on, let's go!

Ça marche ! Bon voyage !

All right! Have a nice trip

Merci ! À plus tard !

Thanks! See you later!

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How to Say “Bon Voyage” in French: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re heading off on a trip and want to wish someone a safe and enjoyable journey in French, “bon voyage” is the phrase you need. Translated literally, “bon voyage” means “good journey.” In this guide, we’ll explore how to say “bon voyage” in both formal and informal contexts in French, along with some tips, examples, and even regional variations.

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Formal Ways to Say “Bon Voyage” in French

When addressing someone formally, such as your boss, a colleague, or an authority figure, it is important to use appropriate language. Here are three formal ways to wish someone a good journey:

  • Bon voyage : This is the most common and universally understood way of saying “bon voyage” in French. It’s safe to use in any formal setting.
  • Je vous souhaite un bon voyage : This translates to “I wish you a good journey” and is a polite and formal way to express your well-wishes.
  • Passez un bon voyage : This can be translated as “Have a good journey” and is another formal option. It conveys your wish for the person to experience a pleasant trip.

Informal Ways to Say “Bon Voyage” in French

When you want to wish a friend, family member, or someone you have a close relationship with a great trip, you can use informal phrases that add a personal touch. Here are three examples:

  • Bon voyage : Just like in formal situations, “bon voyage” is also commonly used informally. It’s versatile and suitable for friends and family.
  • Je te souhaite un bon voyage : Similar to the formal version, this translates to “I wish you a good journey” but is used when speaking to someone you’re familiar with.
  • Passe un bon voyage : A more casual way to say “Have a good journey,” this version is commonly used between friends and peers.

Regional Variations

While “bon voyage” is generally understood across the French-speaking world, there can be slight regional variations in how people say it. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Bonne route : In some regions, especially in France, people might say “bonne route” instead of “bon voyage.” This translates as “have a good journey” with an emphasis on the road ahead.
  • Bonnes vacances : Another alternative, particularly used when someone is going on vacation, is “bonnes vacances,” which means “have a good holiday.” This phrase is commonly used in France, Belgium, and other francophone countries.

Tips and Examples

Here are some tips and examples to help you use the phrase “bon voyage” effectively in both formal and informal situations:

Formal Examples:

  • Meeting your boss at the airport: “Bon voyage, Mr. Dupont. Have a safe trip!”
  • Sending an email to a colleague: “Je vous souhaite un bon voyage pour votre voyage d’affaires. Profitez bien!” (“I wish you a good journey for your business trip. Enjoy yourself!”)
  • Wishing a client farewell: “Passez un bon voyage et revenez en pleine forme” (“Have a good journey and come back in good health”).

Informal Examples:

  • Saying goodbye to a friend at the train station: “Bon voyage mon ami! Amuse-toi bien et reviens-nous avec plein d’histoires” (“Have a great trip, my friend! Have fun and come back with lots of stories!”)
  • Texting a family member before their flight: “Je te souhaite un bon voyage et je suis impatient de te revoir” (“I wish you a good journey and I can’t wait to see you again”).
  • Wishing a close friend farewell: “Passe un bon voyage et profite à fond de chaque instant” (“Have a good journey and enjoy every moment to the fullest”).
Remember: Whether in formal or informal context, your warm and genuine wishes are what truly matter. Use these examples as inspiration, but feel free to add your personal touch.

With the knowledge and examples provided in this guide, you now have the confidence to wish someone a great journey in French. Whether in a formal or informal setting, saying “bon voyage” or one of its variations will undoubtedly make the recipient feel appreciated and cared for. Bon voyage!

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Expression: Bon voyage Pronunciation: [bo(n) vwa yazh] Meaning: have a good trip Literal translation: good trip Register : normal Notes: The expression bon voyage is used in both French and English to say goodbye to travelers and wish them well.

Related Expressions

  • bonnes vacances - enjoy your vacation/holiday
  • bonne route - safe journey, drive safely
  • bon retour - safe journey home

In French, bon can be added to pretty much any noun to wish someone well:

  • bon appétit - enjoy your meal
  • bon match - enjoy the game, have a good game
  • bonne promenade - have a nice walk, enjoy your walk
  • bon vélo - have a nice bike ride, enjoy your bike ride
  • bon week-end - have a nice weekend

And it means "happy" in relation to special occasions:

  • bonne année - happy New Year
  • bon anniversaire - happy birthday
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How to Say ‘Safe Travels’ in French: A Guide to Bon Voyage

Traveling to a foreign country can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it is always important to be well-prepared and respectful of the local customs and language. If you happen to be heading to a French-speaking destination, one phrase that you will often hear is “Bon Voyage,” which literally translates to “Good Trip.” This charming expression is commonly used to wish someone ‘safe travels’ when embarking on a journey. In this article, we will take a closer look at the proper usage and variations of ‘Bon Voyage’ in French, so that you can confidently bid farewell to your loved ones, friends, or colleagues as they set off on their adventures. Whether you are a language enthusiast, a traveler, or simply someone interested in expanding their linguistic repertoire, this guide will equip you with the necessary knowledge to say ‘safe travels’ in an elegant and authentic manner.

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Understanding the French Phrase “Bon Voyage”

A. explanation of the literal meaning and cultural context.

The French phrase “Bon Voyage” is commonly used to wish someone a good and safe journey. The literal translation of “Bon Voyage” is “good journey” or “good trip.” The phrase reflects the cultural values of the French-speaking countries, where expressing well wishes before someone embarks on a journey is considered polite and thoughtful. It is a way to show concern for the person’s well-being and wish them luck on their travels.

B. Common usage of “Bon Voyage” in French-speaking countries

“Bon Voyage” is widely used in French-speaking countries, such as France, Canada (particularly in Quebec), Belgium, Switzerland, and many African countries where French is spoken. It is often used when saying goodbye to someone who is about to embark on a trip, whether it be a short leisure trip or a long journey.

In these countries, it is common to hear “Bon Voyage” being said at airports, train stations, or even when bidding farewell to friends and family. It is seen as a polite and friendly way to acknowledge someone’s departure and wish them a safe and pleasant journey.

The phrase is not limited to formal settings; it can also be used among friends and acquaintances. Regardless of the context, saying “Bon Voyage” is a customary way to convey well wishes and show that you care about the person’s travel experience.

Understanding the cultural context and common usage of “Bon Voyage” is essential for travelers, as it allows them to not only participate in the local customs but also to connect with the people they encounter during their journey. By using this phrase, travelers can demonstrate respect for the local culture and language, fostering positive interactions and experiences.

IBrief French Language Overview

A. introduction to the french language and its global reach.

The French language, known as “le français,” is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of 29 countries, including France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and several African nations. French is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations, making it an important language for international diplomacy.

With its global reach, learning the basics of the French language can be incredibly beneficial for travelers. Not only does it open doors to various French-speaking countries, but it also allows for a deeper understanding and appreciation of their cultures.

B. Importance of learning basic phrases for travelers

For travelers, understanding basic phrases in the local language can greatly enhance their experience and facilitate communication with locals. Even a simple “bonjour” (hello) or “merci” (thank you) can go a long way in establishing connections and showing respect.

Learning basic French phrases is particularly helpful when navigating transportation systems, ordering food at restaurants, or seeking assistance. It not only simplifies daily interactions but also shows locals that you are making an effort to engage with their language and culture.

Moreover, speaking a few words of French can help travelers immerse themselves in the local atmosphere and gain a deeper appreciation for the destinations they visit. It demonstrates a willingness to embrace the language and allows for a more enriching cultural experience.

By learning basic French phrases, travelers can break down the language barrier, forge meaningful connections, and navigate unfamiliar territory more easily. It not only adds practical value but also shows respect for the local culture and enhances the overall travel experience. So, before embarking on your next adventure, take the time to learn some simple French phrases and open the door to a world of linguistic and cultural discovery.

RecommendedBasic French Expressions for Travelers

A. greetings and introductions.

When traveling to a French-speaking country, it is essential to know how to greet and introduce yourself to the locals. Understanding basic French phrases can help you navigate through different situations and make a positive impression. Here are a few common greetings and introductions to get you started:

– “Bonjour” (Hello) – This is the most common way to say hello in French. It can be used anytime during the day and in any setting. – “Comment ça va?” (How are you?) – This is the standard way to ask someone how they are doing. It is important to note that the French usually reply with a detailed response rather than a simple “good” or “fine.” – “Je m’appelle [Your Name]” (My name is [Your Name]) – This is how you introduce yourself in French. It is polite to use this phrase when meeting new people. – “Enchanté(e)” (Nice to meet you) – This is a common response to an introduction. It’s a polite way to express your pleasure in meeting someone.

B. Asking for directions and assistance

While exploring a new place, it is inevitable to get lost or require assistance. Knowing how to ask for directions or help in French can make your travel experience much smoother. Here are a few phrases to use when seeking guidance:

– “Où est…?” (Where is…?) – Use this phrase followed by the name of a specific location or landmark to ask for directions. – “Je cherche… / Est-ce que vous pouvez m’aider?” (I am looking for… / Can you help me?) – Use this phrase when you need assistance in finding something or someone. – “Excusez-moi, pouvez-vous me montrer le chemin vers…?” (Excuse me, can you show me the way to…?) – This is a polite way to request someone to guide you to a particular place. – “Je suis perdu(e)” (I am lost) – Use this phrase to communicate that you are unsure of your current location and need help finding your way back.

C. Expressing gratitude and politeness

It is essential to be polite and show gratitude when interacting with the locals. French people appreciate good manners, and using the right phrases can go a long way. Here are a few expressions to express gratitude and politeness:

– “Merci” (Thank you) – This is the most common way to express gratitude in French. Use it whenever someone helps you or offers you something. – “S’il vous plaît” (Please) – Use this phrase when making a request or asking for a favor. – “Excusez-moi” (Excuse me) – This is a polite way to get someone’s attention or apologize for any inconvenience. – “Je suis désolé(e)” (I am sorry) – Use this phrase to apologize for any mistakes or misunderstandings.

By familiarizing yourself with these basic French expressions, you will not only be able to navigate daily interactions more smoothly but also make a positive impression on the locals. Remember to practice these phrases before your trip and don’t be afraid to use them during your travels.

Introducing “Safe Travels” in French

A. explanation of the phrase “safe travels” in english.

In the context of traveling, “safe travels” is a phrase commonly used to express well wishes for someone’s journey. It conveys the hope that the person will have a safe and secure trip without encountering any harm or mishaps along the way. It is a way to show care and concern for the traveler’s well-being and overall successful voyage.

B. Translation of “safe travels” into French

The French translation of “safe travels” is “Bon voyage.” The phrase “Bon voyage” is widely recognized and used not only in France but also in many other French-speaking countries. It holds the same meaning as its English counterpart, expressing the desire for a safe and pleasant journey.

C. Pronunciation tips

To pronounce “Bon voyage” correctly in French, remember that the letter “o” is pronounced like the “o” in the English word “hot,” and the letter “i” is pronounced like the “ee” in the English word “bee.” The word “Bon” is pronounced as “bohn,” while “voyage” is pronounced as “vwah-yaj.”

It is important to note that the “g” in “voyage” is silent, and the ending “-age” is pronounced with a soft “j” sound. Overall, the pronunciation should be smooth and flowing, emphasizing the second syllable with a slight emphasis on the final “e.”

Understanding the correct pronunciation ensures that your well wishes are conveyed accurately and respectfully, adding a personal touch to your interactions with French-speaking individuals.

By incorporating the phrase “Bon voyage” into your travel vocabulary, you not only show cultural sensitivity but also enhance your communication skills while exploring French-speaking countries. Remember to always use it in appropriate situations when bidding farewell to someone who is embarking on a trip, whether it’s a friend, family member, or even a stranger you meet while traveling.

Safe travels, or “Bon voyage,” is just one of many ways to express your well wishes in French. In the next section, we will explore alternative phrases with similar meanings to add variety to your repertoire of good luck expressions.

Alternatives to “Bon Voyage”

A. exploring other french phrases with similar meanings.

While “Bon Voyage” is the most common phrase used to wish someone safe travels in French, there are several alternatives that can be used to convey similar sentiments. One of the alternatives is “Bon séjour,” which translates to “good stay.” This phrase is often used when someone is embarking on a trip but will stay in one place for an extended period.

Another alternative is “Bonne route,” which means “good journey.” This expression is commonly used to wish someone a safe and pleasant journey, especially when they are traveling by road or by any means of transportation.

B. Understanding the appropriate usage of alternative phrases

It is important to understand when to use these alternative phrases in order to convey the appropriate sentiment. “Bon séjour” should be used when someone is going on a trip where their primary intention is to stay in one place, such as a vacation or a business trip. On the other hand, “Bonne route” is more suitable when someone is embarking on a journey that involves traveling from one place to another, regardless of the mode of transportation.

These alternative phrases can also be combined with “Bon Voyage” to provide a more comprehensive well-wish. For example, you can say “Bon Voyage et bon séjour” to wish someone a good journey and a pleasant stay.

It is worth noting that while these alternative phrases are less common than “Bon Voyage,” they are still widely understood and appreciated by native French speakers. Using these phrases shows that you have taken the effort to learn and adapt to the language and culture of the destination.

In conclusion, while “Bon Voyage” is the go-to phrase for wishing safe travels in French, there are other alternatives that can be used depending on the specific context. Understanding the meaning and appropriate usage of these alternative phrases adds depth and personalization to your well wishes. So next time you want to wish someone safe travels in French, consider using one of these alternatives to show your thoughtfulness and cultural understanding.

Adding Personalized Touch to Well Wishes

Expressing additional sentiments beyond “safe travels”.

When it comes to wishing someone well on their journey, sometimes a simple “safe travels” may not feel enough. Adding a personalized touch to well wishes can make your message more heartfelt and meaningful. In French, there are various ways to express additional sentiments beyond the standard “Bon Voyage.”

One common sentiment to include in your well wishes is “have a great trip.” In French, you can say “Bon voyage et passez un excellent séjour.” This phrase not only expresses the hope for a safe journey but also emphasizes the desire for a wonderful experience during the trip.

If you want to convey the idea of exploring and discovering new things, you can use the phrase “Bon voyage et profitez bien de votre découverte.” This encourages the traveler to fully embrace the adventure and make the most out of their discoveries.

Providing examples of heartfelt messages in French

To further enhance the personalized touch of your well wishes, you can incorporate specific details about the person’s journey or destination. For instance, if your friend is going to Paris, you can say “Bon voyage et profitez bien des croissants et du romantisme parisien.” This message not only conveys your wishes for a safe trip but also highlights the iconic aspects of the city they will be visiting.

Another example of a heartfelt message could be “Bon voyage et que chaque nouvelle expérience enrichisse votre vie.” This showcases your desire for the traveler to have enriching experiences during their journey and emphasizes personal growth through encountering new situations.

Remember, adding a personal touch is about tailoring your message to the individual and their specific plans or interests. By doing so, your well wishes become more authentic and thoughtful.

In conclusion, while “safe travels” is a commonly used phrase, adding a personalized touch to well wishes can make them more meaningful and special. French offers various options to express additional sentiments beyond the standard phrase “Bon Voyage.” By incorporating specific details and tailoring your message to the individual, you can create heartfelt messages that truly resonate with the traveler. So, the next time you wish someone well on their journey, consider adding a personal touch in French to make your well wishes even more memorable.

Cultural Considerations

Importance of cultural sensitivity while traveling.

When traveling to French-speaking countries, it is important to be culturally sensitive and aware of local customs and traditions. French culture places a great emphasis on etiquette and politeness, and this extends to well-wishing phrases like “Bon Voyage.” Being mindful of cultural considerations not only shows respect for the local culture but also enhances the overall travel experience.

French people value personal connections and take the time to exchange pleasantries before getting down to business. They appreciate genuine well wishes and consider it a sign of good manners and camaraderie. So, when using phrases like “Bon Voyage,” it is crucial to show sincerity and warmth.

Understanding customs and traditions associated with well-wishing

In France, well-wishing is deeply rooted in tradition. When someone is about to embark on a journey, it is customary for family, friends, and colleagues to express their best wishes for a safe and pleasant trip. These good wishes are often accompanied by small gifts, such as travel accessories or good luck charms.

The French also have specific customs associated with well-wishing before a journey. It is believed that if the traveler steps back into their home after saying goodbye, it will bring bad luck. Therefore, the well-wishers often wait outside until the traveler is safely out of sight.

Furthermore, it is common for the French to kiss both cheeks as a form of greeting and farewell. When saying “Bon Voyage,” it is appropriate to accompany it with this customary gesture. However, it is essential to note that the number of kisses may vary depending on the region in France. For example, while people in Paris typically exchange two kisses, those in Marseille may exchange three.

By understanding and respecting these customs, travelers can better integrate into the local culture and create positive interactions with the French people they encounter during their journeys.

In conclusion, being aware of cultural considerations when using well-wishing phrases like “Bon Voyage” in French-speaking countries is crucial. It demonstrates respect for the local culture and enhances the travel experience. Additionally, understanding the customs and traditions associated with well-wishing allows travelers to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and form meaningful connections with the people they meet. By incorporating these cultural considerations into their travels, travelers can navigate French customs with ease and embrace the warmth and hospitality of the French people.

Etiquette Tips for Using “Bon Voyage”

When using the phrase “Bon Voyage” in French, it is important to be aware of the appropriate situations and how to pronounce it correctly. Understanding the etiquette surrounding its usage will ensure respectful and meaningful well wishes.

A. Appropriate situations to use the phrase

“Bon Voyage” is commonly used when bidding farewell to someone who is embarking on a journey, especially a long-distance or international trip. It expresses the hope that the person’s journey will be safe, pleasant, and successful. You can use it when saying goodbye to friends, family members, colleagues, or acquaintances who are traveling.

It is also appropriate to use “Bon Voyage” when sending written messages, such as cards or emails, to someone before their trip. Including this phrase adds a thoughtful touch and shows your genuine concern for their well-being.

B. How to pronounce “Bon Voyage” correctly in French

The correct pronunciation of “Bon Voyage” in French is “bohn vwa-yahzh.” The “o” in “bon” is pronounced as in the English word “song,” and the “o” in “voyage” is similar to the “wa” sound in “water.” The “zh” sound at the end of “voyage” is similar to the “s” sound in the English word “treasure.”

It is essential to pronounce the phrase accurately to convey your good wishes effectively. Practice saying it aloud to ensure you are pronouncing it correctly.

Remember that the phrase “Bon Voyage” is specific to well-wishing in the context of travel. Using it appropriately and pronouncing it correctly will show respect for the French language and culture. By using this phrase, you can express your genuine concern for someone’s safe travels and demonstrate your understanding and appreciation for the French language.

Language Resources for Travelers

Introduction to online language-learning platforms and apps.

In today’s interconnected world, learning a new language has become easier than ever. With numerous online language-learning platforms and apps available, travelers have a wide range of resources to choose from to enhance their language skills. These platforms provide a convenient and flexible way to learn languages at one’s own pace.

Recommendations for French language resources for travelers

For travelers looking to learn French or improve their existing language skills, several excellent resources are available. One popular option is Duolingo, a mobile app that offers interactive lessons and exercises in French. Its gamified approach makes language learning fun and engaging.

Another highly recommended resource is Babbel, an online platform that provides comprehensive French courses suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. Babbel’s lessons are designed to be practical and relevant to real-life situations, making it particularly useful for travelers.

For those who prefer more structured and traditional learning, Rosetta Stone offers French language courses that cover all aspects of language learning, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Their immersive teaching method aims to replicate the natural language acquisition process, ensuring a deep understanding of the French language.

Additionally, FluentU offers a unique approach to language learning by utilizing authentic French videos, such as movie trailers, music videos, and news clips. This platform provides learners with an immersive and engaging experience, allowing them to learn French in context.

Additional language resources

In addition to these online platforms and apps, there are other resources available to help travelers learn French. Language exchange websites, such as Tandem and HelloTalk, facilitate conversations with native French speakers, providing an opportunity to practice speaking and improve language skills. French language podcasts, such as “Coffee Break French” and “News in Slow French,” offer audio lessons and interesting content for language learners on the go.

Promoting language learning for travel

Learning the local language of a destination not only enriches the travel experience but also demonstrates respect and appreciation for the culture and people of the country visited. By incorporating language learning into their travel preparations, travelers can communicate more effectively, make meaningful connections, and navigate unfamiliar environments with greater ease.

In conclusion, language resources for travelers, particularly those learning French, provide convenient and effective ways to enhance language skills. Online platforms and apps like Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, and FluentU offer comprehensive courses and engaging content to help travelers learn French at their own pace. In addition to these resources, language exchange websites and podcasts provide valuable opportunities for practice and immersion. By taking advantage of these resources, travelers can enhance their language skills and make their travel experiences more rewarding.

In this comprehensive guide, we have explored the significance of expressing well wishes in different languages, particularly focusing on how to say “safe travels” in French. We have discussed the literal meaning and cultural context of the French phrase “Bon Voyage,” as well as its common usage in French-speaking countries. Additionally, we have provided a brief overview of the French language and the importance of learning basic phrases for travelers.

To help travelers navigate their way in French-speaking countries, we have covered basic French expressions for greetings, introductions, asking for directions and assistance, as well as expressing gratitude and politeness. Furthermore, we have introduced the phrase “safe travels” in English and provided its translation into French, along with pronunciation tips.

For those seeking alternatives to “Bon Voyage,” we have explored other French phrases with similar meanings and emphasized the importance of understanding their appropriate usage. We have also encouraged adding a personalized touch to well wishes by expressing additional sentiments beyond just “safe travels” and provided examples of heartfelt messages in French.

Understanding cultural considerations is crucial while traveling, and we have highlighted the importance of cultural sensitivity when expressing well wishes. By understanding customs and traditions associated with well-wishing, travelers can engage respectfully with local communities.

To ensure proper etiquette, we have discussed appropriate situations to use the phrase “Bon Voyage” and provided guidance on pronouncing it correctly in French. Pronunciation is essential to convey sincerity and respect when expressing well wishes in any language.

As language resources play a vital role in language learning, we have introduced online platforms and apps that can assist travelers in their language journey. We have also recommended specific French language resources that cater to the needs of travelers, making it easier for them to learn and communicate in French-speaking countries.

In conclusion, incorporating the phrase “Bon Voyage” into your travel vocabulary not only shows your respect for the French language but also allows you to connect with the locals on a deeper level. By learning and using this phrase, you can wish others safe travels and experience the joy of cultural exchange. Remember, saying “safe travels” in French is not just a simple gesture; it is a way to show empathy and goodwill towards fellow travelers. Bon Voyage!

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  • Post published: August 18, 2020
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In this post we’ll look at a lot of French vocabulary and expressions that will come in handy when you travel. Let’s start with the basics.

Ma valise My Suitcase

Before you travel, you of course need to pack. So let’s start there.

  • la valise suitcase
  • J’ai besoin de faire ma valise. I need to pack my suitcase.
  • Ma valise est lourde/légère/pleine/vide. My suitcase is heavy/light/full/empty.
  • Mes affaires ne rentrent pas dans ma valise. My clothes don’t fit in my suitcase.
  • J’ai besoin d’un autre sac/d’une autre valise. I need another bag/suitcase.

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À l’aéroport At the Airport

If you’re traveling, you’re probably going to leave from and arrive at an airport.

  • un billet d’avion, une carte d’embarquement, un passeport, un vol plane ticket, boarding pass, passport, flight
  • les arrivées, les départs, la porte, le retrait des bagages arrivals, departures, gate, baggage claim
  • le contrôle des passeports, la douane passport control, customs
  • J’ai besoin d’enregistrer mes bagages. I need to check my luggage.
  • J’ai un bagage à main. I have a carry-on bag.
  • Quand part le vol ? When does the flight leave?
  • L’avion décolle à quelle heure ? What time does the plane take off?
  • Il y a une longue file d’attente à la sécurité. There’s a long line at security.
  • L’embarquement est dans dix minutes. We’re boarding in ten minutes.
  • siège côté hublot/fenêtre, siège côté couloir, siège du milieu window seat, aisle seat, middle seat
  • le pilote, l’hôtesse de l’air (f.), le steward (m.) pilot, flight attendant
  • Veuillez attacher vos ceintures. Please fasten your seatbelt.
  • Veuillez éteindre vos (téléphones) portables. Please turn off your cell phone.
  • Combien de temps dure le vol ? How long is the flight?
  • Nous atterrissons dans dix minutes. We’re landing in ten minutes.
  • On doit passer à la douane et au contrôle des passeport. We need to go through customs and passport control.
  • Où se trouve le retrait des bagages ? Where’s the baggage claim area?
  • Où se trouvent les taxis ? Where are the taxis?
  • Y a-t-il un train/un bus pour aller en ville ? Is there a train/bus to the city?
  • J’ai besoin de changer de l’argent. I need to exchange money.

À l’hôtel At the Hotel

You’ve finally arrived, so let’s get you settled in your hotel room.

  • Où se trouve l’hôtel ? Where is the hotel?
  • J’ai une réservation au nom de ______. I have a reservation under the name ______.
  • Où est l’ascenseur ? Where’s the elevator?
  • À quel étage se trouve ma chambre ? What floor is my room on?
  • la chambre, le lit, la salle de bain, la fenêtre, la télévision, le téléphone room, bed, bathroom, window, television, phone
  • les draps, la couverture, l’oreiller, la robe de chambre sheets, blanket, pillow, bathrobe
  • Est-ce qu’il y a un service en chambre / le room service ? Is there room service?
  • Puis-je avoir une couverture en plus ? Can I have an extra blanket?
  • Puis-je avoir un fer à repasser et une planche à repasser ? Can I have an iron and an ironing board?
  • Puis-je avoir un sèche-cheveux ? Can I have a hair dryer?
  • Est-ce que je peux faire laver mes vêtements? Can I have my clothes washed?
  • Le chauffage ne marche pas. The heat isn’t working.
  • La climatisation ne marche pas. The air conditioning isn’t working.
  • Pourriez-vous nettoyer ma chambre ? Please clean my room.
  • Puis-je avoir une autre chambre/une chambre plus grande/une chambre plus calme ? Can I have another room / a bigger room / a quieter room?
  • Où prend-on le petit déjeuner ? Where do we eat breakfast?
  • Y a-t-il une salle d’entraînement ? Is there an exercise room?
  • Y a-t-il une piscine ? Is there a pool?
  • Y a-t-il un bar ? Is there a bar?
  • Y a-t-il un restaurant ? Is there a restaurant?
  • Avez-vous le wifi ? Do you have WiFi?
  • Quel est le mot de passe pour le wifi ? What’s the WiFi password?
  • À quelle heure faut-il libérer la chambre ? What time is check-out?
  • Je voudrais régler ma note. Je libère la chambre. I would like to check out. I’ve left the room.
  • Pourriez-vous appeler un taxi ? Can you call a taxi for me?

J’ai faim. I ’m hungry.

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  • Où se trouve la gare ? Where is the train station?

Once you’re settled into your hotel, you probably want to know where things are in case you need to pop out and buy something.

  • Y a-t-il une supérette près d’ici ? Is there a convenience store nearby?
  • Y a-t-il une pharmacie près d’ici ? Is there a pharmacy nearby?
  • Y a-t-il un supermarché près d’ici ? Is there a supermarket nearby?
  • Y a-t-il un bon restaurant près d’ici ? Is there a good restaurant nearby?
  • Y a-t-il un hôpital/un cabinet de médecin près d’ici ? Is there a hospital/doctor ’s office nearby?
  • Y a-t-il une librairie près d’ici ? Is there a bookstore nearby?
  • Y a-t-il un magasin de vêtements près d’ici ? Is there a clothing store nearby?
  • Y a-t-il un magasin de chaussures près d’ici ? Is there a shoe store nearby?
  • Où se trouve la station de métro ? Where is the subway station?
  • Où se trouve l’arrêt de bus ? Where is the bus station?

C’est près de l’hôtel. It ’s next to the hotel.

Of course, if you ask where things are, you’ll need some basic vocabulary related to directions and getting around.

  • Est-ce près d’ici ? Is it nearby?
  • Est-ce loin d’ici ? Is it far from here?
  • Puis-je y aller à pied ? Can I walk there?
  • C’est près d’ici. It ’s nearby.
  • C’est loin d’ici. It ’s far from here.
  • C’est de l’autre côté de la rue. It ’s across the street.
  • C’est à côté de l’hôtel. It ’s next to the hotel.
  • Traversez la rue. Cross the street.
  • Traversez le pont. Cross the bridge.
  • Tournez à droite. Turn right.
  • Tournez à gauche. Turn left.
  • Allez tout droit. Go straight ahead.
  • C’est à côté de la gare. It ’s next to the train station.
  • C’est près de la gare. It ’s near the train station.
  • C’est derrière la gare. It ’s behind the train station.
  • C’est à gauche de la gare. It ’s the left of the train station.
  • C’est à droite de la gare. It ’s to the right of the train station.
  • C’est en face de la gare. It ’s in front of the train station.

Allons visiter la ville. Let ’s go sightseeing.

  • Nous voudrions visiter la ville. We would like to go sightseeing.
  • Avez-vous un plan de la ville ? Do you have a map of the city?
  • Y a-t-il un bus/autocar touristique ? Is there a tour bus?
  • Y a-t-il un guide ? Is there a tour guide?
  • Nous voudrions aller dans un musée. We would like to go to a museum.
  • Nous voudrions visiter une cathédrale/un temple/une mosquée. We would like to visit a cathedral/temple/mosque.
  • Nous voudrions aller au parc. We would like to go to the park.
  • Nous voudrions visiter une galerie d’art. We would like to visit an art gallery.
  • Nous voudrions voir une pièce (de théâtre), un opéra, un concert. We would like to see a play/opera/concert.
  • Nous voudrions visiter un château. We want to visit a castle.
  • Nous voudrions visiter un monument. We want to visit a monument.
  • Quels sites historiques doit-on visiter ? Which historical sites should we visit?
  • Quels sites culturels doit-on visiter ? Which cultural sites should we visit?
  • Où se trouve le meilleur quartier pour faire du shopping ? Where ’s the best neighborhood for shopping?
  • Où se trouve le meilleur quartier pour sortir le soir ? Where ’s the best neighborhood for nightlife?
  • Nous voudrions aller dans un bar/une boîte (de nuit). We would like to go to a bar/nightclub.
  • Où peut-on avoir une vue panoramique de la ville ? Where is there a good view of the city?
  • Nous voudrions visiter un marché. We want to visit a market.
  • Y a-t-il des toilettes publiques près d’ici ? Is there a public bathroom nearby?
  • Où sont les toilettes ? Where is the bathroom?
  • Où se trouve la sortie/l’entrée ? Where is the exit/entrance?
  • Combien coûte une visite ? How much does a tour/an entrance cost?
  • Combien coûte un voyage organisé ? How much does a guided tour cost?         

Où va ce train ? Where does this train go?

You probably want to see some sights outside of the city, and for that you’ll need to get around.

  • Nous voudrions aller à Tours. We would like to go to Tours.
  • J’aimerais un ticket de bus/un billet de train pour Tours. I ’d like a bus ticket/train ticket to Tours.
  • Combien coûte un ticket/billet ? How much does a ticket cost? ( un ticket = bus, un billet = train, plane)
  • Je voudrais un aller simple, s’il vous plaît. I would like a one-way ticket, please.
  • Je voudrais un aller-retour, s’il vous plaît. I would like a round-trip ticket, please.
  • Quand est-ce que le train/le bus part ? When does the train/bus leave?
  • Quand est-ce que le train/le bus arrive ? When does the train/bus arrive?
  • Est-ce que ce bus/ce train va à Tours ? Does this bus/train go to Tours?
  • Combien de temps ça prend pour aller à Tours ? How long does it take to go to Tours?
  • Où puis-je louer une voiture ? Where can I rent a car?
  • Comment puis-je me rendre à la plage/les montagnes/le parc national ? How can I get to the beach/mountains/national park?
  • Combien ça coûte ? How much does it cost?

When you’re traveling, you probably need to by all sorts of things. Let’s cover that vocabulary.

  • Où puis-je acheter une carte/une bouteille d’eau/une tasse de café ? Where can I buy a map/a bottle of water/a cup of coffee?
  • Où puis-je acheter des lunettes de soleil/de l’aspirine/de la crème solaire ? Where can I buy sunglasses/aspirin/sunscreen?
  • Où puis-je acheter des cartes postales/des souvenirs ? Where can I buy postcards/souvenirs?
  • Où puis-je acheter quelque chose à manger/quelque chose à boire ? Where can I buy something to eat/something to drink?
  • Pourriez-vous écrire le prix, s’il vous plaît ? Could you please write the price?
  • Puis-je payer en liquide ? Can I pay by cash?
  • Puis-je payer par carte bancaire ? Can I pay by credit card?
  • C’est trop cher. That’s too expensive.
  • Avez-vous quelque chose de moins cher ? Do you have something less expensive?
  • Puis-je voir cela/ça ? Can I see that, please?
  • Je vais prendre cela / ceci. I’ll take that/this.
  • Puis-je l’essayer ? Can I try it on?

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  • Flora's voice wished me " bon voyage " in a most friendly but tremulous tone.  
  • He wished us bon voyage, removed his hand, and we were off.  
  • It's best to say 'good-bye' and 'bon voyage' right here.  
  • Numerous devoted friends were on hand to say good bye and "bon voyage", but they were permitted only on the dock.  
  • There was a short drive to the river amid polite calls of "good-bye" and " bon voyage," and there lay the Mayflower, like a great white bird with comfortably folded wings.  

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Formal: 您好 (nín hǎo)

Informal: 你好 ( nǐ hǎo )

The Chinese greeting is 你好, pronounced as nǐ hǎo .

你 means “you” and 好 means “good.”

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您好 is more formal and should be used when greeting a person more senior than you. Otherwise, you’d come off as haughty and disrespectful. Chinese is big on respect, and not just for persons of authority, but most especially for elders.

Formal: こんにちは (Konnichiwa)

Informal: やあ (Yā)

Konnichiwa is the general, widely-used term to say “hello” in Japanese. You can use it at any time during the day or night, and it would be appropriate for both formal and informal settings. However, if you want to say the equivalent of “hi” or “yo” or “hey” in English to greet a close friend, you can use やあ. 

But if you want to be time-specific, you can use “お早うございます” (ohayō gozaimasu)  in the morning, “今日は” (konnichiwa)  in the afternoon and “今晩は” (konbanwa) in the evening.

When meeting a person for the first time, you want to say “初めまして” (hajimemashite),  which roughly translates as “nice to meet you.”

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Formal: 안녕하세요 (Anyeonghaseyo)

Informal: 안녕 ( Annyeong )

안녕하세요 (anyeonghaseyo) is the standard Korean greeting for practically any occasion and any time of the day—morning, afternoon or night. 안녕 ( Annyeong ) is a casual greeting you can use with friends, family and those younger than you. 

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Formal: Bonjour

Informal: Salut

Bon  means “good”—as in bon appétit (good appetite) and bon voyage (good journey).

Jour  means “day”—as in soupe du jour (soup of the day)—and so bonjour  literally means “good day.” The term is flexible and can be used both for formal and informal settings.

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Both Formal and Informal: Hola

But not to worry, saying “hello!” in Spanish is simple enough. We almost all know to say “hola . “  Just remember that the letter h  is silent in this case, just like it is in the English word “heir.”

To be time-specific, you can use  buenos dias (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon) and buenas noches (good night). But, of course, you can use hola  in both formal and informal settings, at any time of day or night.

Formal: Hallo

Informal: Hi

Hallo  is suitable for just about every situation, but you can also say Hi or Hey when greeting people in informal settings. 

Formal: Salve

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Informal: Ciao

Saying Salve  is a safe option when you don’t know what setting you’re in and falls more into the formal side.  Ciao is probably the most recognized Italian greeting. It’s an informal interjection and can mean both “hello” and “goodbye”.

Formal: नमस्ते (Namaste)

If you’re in the Indian subcontinent, you can get away with greeting everybody with just one word: Namaste .

Hindi greetings are not time-specific, so you can use this one any time of the day or night. You use it to begin and end interactions with both friends and strangers, young and old. The expression is paired with a slight bow of the head. Place both palms in front of the chest in a prayer-like position. As you say “namaste ,” bow your head slightly. This gesture is called the pranamasana  gesture.

Formal: Χαίρετε (Herete)

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Informal: Γεια σου (Ya Sou)

Χαίρετε  is not that widely used and mostly in formal settings when talking to politicians, teachers etc. Γεια σου is a very common form of greeting in Greece. 

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