French dating culture and customs

10-Nov-2015 13:25

Bonne nuit (good night) is used when going to bed or leaving a house in the evening.

On leaving a shop you may be wished bonne journée (have a nice day) or variations such as bon après-midi, bonne fin d’après-midi, bon dimanche or bon week-end, to which you may reply vous aussi, vous de même or et vous.

When conversing, even in the midst of a heated debate, avoid raising your voice, which is considered vulgar.

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Always go easy on the wine and other alcohol; if you drink to excess you’re unlikely to be invited back!When you’re introduced to a French person, you should say ‘good day, Sir/Madam’ ( bonjour madame/ monsieur) and shake hands (a single pump is enough – neither limp nor knuckle-crushing).Salut (hi or hello) is used only among close friends and young people.The French say bon appétit before starting a meal and you shouldn’t start eating until your hosts do.It’s polite to eat everything that’s put on your plate. The French love detailed and often heated discussions, but there are certain topics of conversation that need handling with care.

Always go easy on the wine and other alcohol; if you drink to excess you’re unlikely to be invited back!When you’re introduced to a French person, you should say ‘good day, Sir/Madam’ ( bonjour madame/ monsieur) and shake hands (a single pump is enough – neither limp nor knuckle-crushing).Salut (hi or hello) is used only among close friends and young people.The French say bon appétit before starting a meal and you shouldn’t start eating until your hosts do.It’s polite to eat everything that’s put on your plate. The French love detailed and often heated discussions, but there are certain topics of conversation that need handling with care.The familiar form is used with children, animals and God, but almost never with your elders or work superiors.