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"Bonjour, comment ça va ?"

Translation:Good morning, how are you doing?

January 2, 2013

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what is the difference between- "comment ca va" and only "ca va" ?


"Comment ça va?" and "ça va?" are the same question in different forms (i.e., "how are you?"). Both are informal. You can answer either with just "ça va" to say "OK".


Not exactly, as "comment ça va" is literally "how does it go?", and ça va is literally "Does it go?". Meaning that you can also answer to "comment ça va"? with "bien" or "mal", and to "ça va" with "oui" or "non". The opposite is not true.


Super_moi. Technically: yes.

Comment ça va? = how = you can use an adverb bien/mal.

ça va? = yes or no question.

But the usage can be different.

-Comment ça va?
-ça va! (I didn't use an adverb)

-ça va?
-Oui! Je vais bien! (I used an adverb)

And it's perfectly proper and common.


Then, is it possible to use like this?

-ça va?

-ça va.


So "comment" means "how"?


If comment means how why do you have to say comment pardon which means pardon me what happened to the ho


There's a difference between "Comment ça va?" and "ça va?" (as a question), "ça va?" is more informal.


I used "hi" instead of "hello" and was marked wrong. In English they are interchangeable.


I have the same problem and I don't actually think their is a difference. if you know that hello Is bonjour and hi is salut why should it matter if you put the informal one as long as you get the gist!


As a grammar connoisseur, I don't see them as completely interchangeable. Hear me out, though. When speaking informally to friends or adults you know well, you would say something like, "Hi! How's it going?" more often than a greeting like, "Hello, how are you?" in a conversation with a more respected elder.

They're basically the same, but you wouldn't walk into a dinner party and start off saying "Hi! How's it going?" to the first stranger you meet.


Salut is hi in french.

They have different levels of formality, both in french and in english. Hi is lower formality than hello.

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Couldn't it be "Hello, how goes it?" I know that's more literal, but it's still a phrase..

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    I say "how goes it" occasionally, but it's slang, as far as I know. I've never actually researched the phrase.


    And it is accepted as a variation of "How are you?" or "How are you doing?"


    Isn't "hi" one of the meanings of "bonjour" ?


    Bonjour is directly translated as "good day," as bon means "good" and jour means "day" in English. The phrase doesn't really mean "hello," to my knowledge.

    The way I think of it as a greeting is by imagining an old western movie where two cowboys meet in the town square. One tips their hat and says, "Good day, sir."

    That's rather elaborate, but how I imagine it in order to separate the difference of meaning ("hello" and "good day") and translation ("good day").


    It's an idiomatic phrase. a general greeting used throughout the daytime. it can be translated as hello, good morning, good afternoon, or good day.

    You don't have to translate idioms literally.


    no. Bonjour is more formal- hello. Hi would be salut.


    "Hello, how's it going?" is a more helpful way of phrasing it, and they accept it.


    "Hi, how are you?" should be correct too right?


    No, hi is more informal than bonjour. "salut" means hi.


    "Salut" is more an informal "hello" or "hi". Bonjour is the standard "hello" and may be used all during the day. The phrase "how are you" may be expressed in several ways: comment ça va ? Comment allez-vous ? or simply "Ça va ?" spoken as a question. The response "Ça va bien" means "I'm doing fine".


    I think comment ca va is the full proper way of saying it, while "Ca va" is a more colloquial way.


    The full proper way (and formal way) is "Comment vas-tu?"/"Comment allez-vous?"

    "Comment ça va?" is already informal.

    "ça va?" is even more informal, almost slang.


    So that would mean how are you? Since comment is how


    No, ca va (accent omitted) means "it's going" when translated. Therefore, Comment ca va? (accent omitted) would mean "How's it going?"


    non-standard english isn't usually accepted on duolingo.

    Comment ça va doesn't translate directly in standard english. how are you is a perfectly acceptable translation.


    "Comment ça va ?" may certainly be translated as "How are you?" The literal translation is on the order of "how's it going?"


    Is there a difference in usage between salut and bonjour?


    As I understand it, salut is okay to use informally with friends, but bonjour is ALWAYS correct, no matter what the social situation.


    'How are you going' should be an acceptable english translation for this idiom


    First, ca va (accent omitted) is not an idiom by any means. An idiom is defined as "a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words," which is commonly seen in examples such as "It's raining cats and dogs!" and "Don't make a mountain out of a molehill."

    There is no "you" in ca va (accent omitted), as the phrase is translated to mean "Is it going?" when asked as a question, and "It's going." when used as a response to the former. Comment ca va? (accent omitted) asks, "How's it going?" rather than "How are you doing?" in English.

    If you were intending to ask if the person is doing well, you would say Comment vas-tu? instead of the phrase used here.

    Hope this helped! If you need any more help, let me know and I can break it down for you.


    You're being extremely tight about your definition of idiom.

    Comment ça va? does not translate directly into standard english. how's it going? is non-standard.


    There is a broad range of expressions for "comment ça va" and its variations. As such, it is not translated literally.

    • How are you?
    • How's it going?
    • How are you doing?
    • How's everything?
    • and in Australia... "How are you going?" I know it sounds strange, but it is not strange to them.


    in french there is no good morning, bonjour is for entire day


    Almost, not when it's late. You would use "bonsoir" or "bonne nuit", there's also other greetings as "bon après-midi", etc... but you're right "bonjour" is almost for the entire day unlike the other ones.


    I learned in school that Bonjour is Hello. But I am just learning that Bonjour actually means Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening. WIERD


    Typically, bonsoir for evening but bonjour is not uncommon.


    soccer-jazzy- bonjour in the morning or the afternoon, that's all.


    How does "Bonjour, comment çava?" not equal "Hello, how are you?". I got it wrong, it said bonjour was "Goodmorning" not "hello".


    Bonjour is a general daytime greeting and can be translated in many ways, hello, good morning, good day, good afternoon. Duo likes to show other acceptable correct translations in such cases, this does not mean you have a wrong answer.


    I tought it mean hello how are you...... so ok i think....?


    "Hello what are you doing?" Can it be true?


    No, that would be "Que fais-tu?" or "Que faites-vous?", or more commonly, "Qu'est-ce que tu fais?" or "Qu'est-ce que vous faites?"


    What is the difference between comment and comme


    "Comment" means "How", but "comme" means "like" and "comme ci comme ça" means "so-so" (literally, " like this like that") "Comment ça va?" "Ça va bien, et vous?" "Comme ci comme ça, j'ai attrappée un rheum."


    There's no "ç" in "comme ci".

    "comme ci, comme ça" (also: couci-couça) is very used in French courses, but not much in real life, it's an old expression, not very used nowadays in my opinion.

    If you want to remember "comment" is "how", memorize this sentence: "How is your comment?"


    Thank you! Silly me, I should watch that cedille more carefully. My parents still use that expression, but they are from Quebec. I do feel sometimes as though they are two generations behind.


    alinto- I use it all the time in Quebec.


    doesn't bonjour mean hello and good day or good morning cause i learned the it was hello


    yes, it can mean all of those.


    In Australia 《how are you going》 is synonomous with 《how are you doing》


    How do you know when it is mornin, evening or noon? #very confused. :-/


    bonjour will never be evening. bonjour is a general daytime greeting translatable to hello, good day, good morning, or good afternoon.
    people switch to bonsoir in the evening.


    whats the difference between hi how are you and hello how are you?!


    formality. salut would be hi.


    How am I supposed to know to say "Hello how're you?" instead of "Hello how are you?" When both the questions are "Bonjour comment ça va?"


    I dont understand does it matter if I say Hi instead of bonjour since its the same thing


    hi is too informal. an informal greeting would be salut.


    ca va and comment ca va have a difference


    yes, formality. ça va? is more informal than comment ça va? More formal than comment ça va? would be comment vas-tu or comment allez-vous


    Isn't bonjour hello and not good morning?


    bonjour is a general daytime greeting, it can be translated as hello, good morning, good day, or good afternoon.


    "Bonjour " what is the meaning ? Good morning or hello . I'm so confused in this word please reply


    both good moring is a greeting and so is hello so both


    Bonjour is a general daytime greeting which can be translated as hello, good morning, good day, or good afternoon.

    In real life you'd use context and tone to translate the feeling of the greeting more accurately, but duo does not have that. If you're ever unsure, translating as "hello" will always work.


    Good morning, are you doing well? --> that's NOT a correct answer??


    That would be more akin to: "Bonjour, ça va bien?"


    "good morning, how do you do" I seriously didnt think that would work.. "ca va" is apparenly just an understanding and less of a word.. like "aloha"


    "How do you do" is only used when you first meat someone, it's more like a "Nice to meet you." But you could say "ça va" to someone every time you meet them or to someone you already know very well.


    "ça va" is a sentence with a subject and a verb, not a greeting word like "aloha".


    Is "bonjour" not an accepted translation for "good afternoon"?


    'Bonjour' is literally 'good day' but in France (read not Quebec) this 'Bonjour' is used until the evening say about 18-19H.


    daniel- I don't understand why you say that about Quebec. We have the same parts of the day as in France. We say bonjour all day. Duo also says that bon matin is used in Quebec only, instead of bonjour. I don't know anybody who says that around me. Sometimes, I hear it on tv or from persons who aren't natives, but this is a big mistake, nobody should say that.


    Comment is "how". So it translates to "how are you?".


    I thought that "Ca va" Sounded like it's spelled, but it really sounds like: "Sa va"


    It does sound like its spelled. The ç makes the c sound like s before a o and u. Otherwise it would sound like k and that wasnt what they wanted. So yes it does sound like sa va but that's their way of spelling it. So any c before an e or i sounds like s and any c before a o or u sounds like k. Ç is always an s sound and only comes before an a o or u.


    Whats the difference between 'ça va bien?' and 'comment ça va?'


    are doing you well? vs how are you? but the feeling is very similar in french.


    whats the difference with hi and good morning


    salut can be translated as hi. it's more informal, used for friends and family. bonjour is a general polite daytime greeting, translatable as hello, good morning, good day, or good afternoon.


    it can be used as a question and answer but with different sounding!


    bonjour actually means both hi and hello


    can't be informal apparantly and say hey


    the more informal greeting is salut.


    Isn't Ca va also I am fine too.


    Yes, it can be used as a question and a response.

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