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The pronunciation is correct. I speak French very well (I'm testing this app), and it is common to palatalize final vowels and you have the sh sound
i wonder if salut can literally translate to salute (like a military "YES SIR!" type salute)
As a noun, "salut" can refer to a military salute. As a greeting, it means either "hi" or "bye", rather like the Italian ciao or the Hawaiian aloha. As an interjection, the Larousse dictionary confirms the following:
salut [saly] (familier)
- [en arrivant] hi ou hello (there)
- [en partant] bye, see you, so long (US)
Can i ask some thing I was learning french that "salut" means "hi" or "hello" and "bonjour" means good morning
For "good morning", use "bonjour" (it can also be a proper greeting any time of day (i.e., also "good afternoon" or just plain "hello"). "Salut" is an informal term which may be used as a greeting (hi, hey) or on parting (bye, goodbye).
Context is often lacking in Duolingo's short sentences. But in the real world, context will help you know what is meant. If you run into a friend of yours, you say "Salut !" It means "hi". You chat a while and when you leave you say "Salut !" It means "bye". In neither of these contexts would the idea of a "salute" ever come to mind. Nor would you think it meant "bye" when you meet them or "hi" when you're leaving. So you see, it really makes perfect sense. Any confusion will fade after you come to an understanding. Good luck in learning French!
That is correct. MY FRENCH friends always use Salut as a greeting.NEVER as a farewell
So in some ways, "salut" is an informal word that acknowledges someone's arrival or departure? I'm thinking that it may be similar to the American "hey". The meaning changes depending on how you say the word; if it's spoken in an upbeat tone and in a generally louder voice it = hi, but when spoken in a lower, more somber tone, with a quieter voice it can = goodbye (although not always).
"Goodbye" is not 100% a good translation, as "hello" is neither.
Because "salut" can be used both, to greet someone when you meet the person, and to take leave of the person.
On meeting someone: Salut! Comment vas-tu? (Hi! How are you?)
On taking leave of a person: Ok, thanks fot the conversation, goodbye! = D'accord, merci pour la conversation, salut!
It is an informal greeting meaning "hi" when you meet the person and "bye" when you are leaving.
and does it meaning depend on its position. For example: Salut! Comment vas-tu? = Hi! How are you? while D'accord, merci pour la conversation, salut! = Ok, thanks for the conversation, goodbye!
Position influences context. One does not say "Goodbye, how are you?" The context of "comment ça va" indicates that "salut" is a greeting here so it would be incorrect to interpret it as "good)bye" in that context.
Ever hear of "aloha"? It works the same way! Salut is an expression used as an informal greeting and also when parting. It can mean: hi/greetings/hey/hello -and- bye/goodbye/so long/cheers. You will notice that none of these other words does double duty the way "salut" does. It is informal, i.e., it is not at the same level as "Good afternoon", "Good morning". The more general (polite) way to greet someone is with "Bonjour". When you take your leave, you might say "à bientôt" (see you soon), "à plus tard" (see you later), "au revoir" (goodbye), or simply "bonne journée" (have a nice day).
Well i am learning french at my middle school and salut is used for hello and goodbye but in a casual way.Bonjour is used when saying hello ONLY and is formal.Hope this helps!!!
Yes, that is exactly right. "Salut" can mean either "hi" or "bye". Both are informal terms.
Both "hi" and "bye" are the primary answers accepted for "salut". The system has been acting a little squirrely today. "Hi" is correct. http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/salut/69993
'Bonjour' is the formal way of saying hello. If you're meeting someone for the first time, or something like that, you would say 'bonjour'.
Salut' is the informal way of saying hello. If you talk to a close friend, or something like that, you would say 'salut'.
English has hi, hello, and hey (even "howdy" could count as hello) and so do other languages like French(:
for English learners doing the reverse tree: 'hey' and 'howdy' are not used in England nor by Europeans speaking English. They would mark the speaker as USA-English (edited- see below- thanks katesimone) also it appears to be used in Australia.
Saying salut is informal and good morning isn't a correct translation. Salut is a very friendly word. If you have an interview for a job, youd better say " bonjour/good morning, instead of salut. You can't say that to a person as a boss or a priest or an older person, it would be impolite.
"Salut" is used both as a greeting (hello, hi, hey) and a way of saying goodbye (bye, goodbye, so long, cheers). Its interpretation will be based solely on context.
Larousse says this: salut (intj):
- [en arrivant] hi ou hello (there)
- [en partant] bye, see you, so long (US)
Yes, it does. It is their convention. There is also a space before the question mark, the colon and semicolon.
carolind- In Quebec it's correct for the exclamation mark but not for the question mark. Here, there's no space before the question mark.
Why did it say G'day? how would i know that Salut meant G'day some times, when usually it also just means SALUT?!?!
If you live in Australia, it means "g'day". Otherwise, just "hi" (or "bye") will do nicely.
Salut is hi, hello, or bye, or even good bye. Its not good morning. Same idea for a greeting, not the same words.
Yea, I tried it a few times: it said the correct answer is "Bye!, Hi!". That is EXCACTLY what I wrote!
That doesn't work but for some reason it works, to write:"goodbye" even though that would be formal so acctually:"Au revoir". "Salut" is informal though so it should acctually mean "Hi/Bye".
"Salut" may be either "hi" or "bye", but not both at the same time. So if you try to put "hi/bye", that is not going to work.
Salut means goodbye, too, right? So, what is the different between salut and au revoir, how can we use them? Thanks
"Salut" is the informal/friendly form of either "hi" or "bye", as opposed to the traditional "Hello" (bonjour) or "Goodbye" "(au revoir).
steve- goodbye when you leave, maybe you won't return to this place. Au revoir, you're leaving but you know for sure that you'll meet this person again, without knowing when exactly it will happen.
I read somewhere in the Internet that the other meaning of salut is "salvation.". Relèvement (correct me if I'm wrong. ) is also salavation. I know it is far but I'm curious.
nahyeni- salut as one word, means a salutation, but it also means salvation/sauvetage, meaning the action of helping a person in a bad situation, but salvation is a noun and has to be used in a complete sentence.
"Salut" may mean either "hi/hello" or "bye/goodbye/so long/cheers/cheerio". Note that "cheers" in this sense is not a toast, but something said when parting company. A toast could be "à votre santé" (or simply "santé"). To say "bless you" when someone sneezes, you would say "à tes souhaits, à vos souhaits".
As in English, there are many possible things that a person might say when seeing your friend. Hi, hello, hey, hey there, etc. In French, "bonjour" is the more typical polite way to say "hello" when meeting someone. For a friend, you might simply say "Hi". "Salut" also works when taking leave of someone ("bye") and is the informal version of "au revoir".
Everyone is a beginner at some point. I'm glad to share with anyone who is willing to learn. Now if there was only a way to get people to read the answers already posted before asking the same question again.... ;-)
If "Bonjour" means "Good Morning", then why does "Salut" mean "Good Morning" when it means "Hello"? French is so confusing!
gisselle- Duo shouldn't accept good morning, it's incorrect. Good morning is bonjour. You can say salut to someone at any time of the day, salut is informal.
That's right, mitaine. "Good morning" is really not "salut". It is not accepted.
Isn't salut only for your juniors and the same aged people as you? Not for your seniors, right? We need bonjour or something esle for that, right?
"Salut" is informal so it is used with your friends. It is the equivalent of saying "hi" or "bye".
Salut means "good morning"? Why isn't that given as one of its definitions when I click on it? I just chose "good", as I've heard it said as a toast at big meals. C'est la Vie.
How come on this app Salut means good bye ? But in a french book i have it actually means hi. Anyone got the answer for this?
It can be used for either 'Hi' or 'Bye', just like 'Aloha' in Hawaiian. Read the comments above.
That's because it is only one word. For a regular sentence, the "slow" version only pronounces each word individually.
If I come up to come one I've never met and say Salut! would they take me as rude or too friendly? for say in school and now If I was just out in the city would they take me as rude or too friendly?
Use the informal term "salut" for friends. Use "bonjour" for someone you have not met before or just to be a little more polite.
It doesn't. "Salut" is an informal word used as an equivalent of either "hi" or "bye".
I understand that 'salut' is an informal greeting that can mean 'hi' or 'bye' but just now [one of the 'choose the right answer from the boxes' questions] it didn't have either of these as a translation for 'salut', it had 'good morning' or 'good night', but when I picked 'good night' [figuring as it can be 'hi' or 'bye' it could be either of those] it marked it as wrong and said it should've been 'good morning'? It seems 'good morning' wasn't technically right either after having read all the comments?
Do you see the hints? Do you have access to a dictionary? You will learn a lot of words that have multiple meanings.
And that is a a correct pronunciation, among French accents. Many French palatize final vowels. You can hear it with 'Oui' too...
There must be a dozen ways at least that people use to say an informal "hi". That is what "salut" means as a greeting. The twist is that it can also be used to say "bye", an informal form of goodbye.
I just wrote bye,hi the opposite way like this hi,bye and its says I got it wrong wowwww
Your question has already been answered many times on this page. "Au revoir" is the standard way to say "goodbye". "Salut" may be either "hi" or "by" and is used in an informal way.
ithuriel- Simple, when you arrive you say hello and when you quit you say goodbye. So in the situation you'll know if you arrive or if you leave. We never say hello when we leave but when we go.
'Salut!' can just as well mean "goodbye", "see ya" etc. Saying that only "hi" or "hello" is correct (like Duolingo did in my case) is incorrect.
French has its own array of "see you..." expressions:
- à bientôt = see you soon
- à plus tard = see you later
- à demain = see you tomorrow
- à lundi = see you Monday
"See ya" is rather "A plus...".
"Bye" should be accepted, but the meaning is closer of "hello", it's a bit more common to use it as a welcoming greeting than as a greeting when you leave someone, but you're right.
No. When someone sneezes, you say:
"A tes/vos souhaits" (Wish something)
"A tes/vos amours" (good luck for your loves)
or "Dieu te bénisse". (God bless you)
But the expression is not used in the sense of "bless you", but only to mean "bye". That is why it is accepted.
I thought 'salut' was a more infomal hello, like 'hi' but this just said it was good morning?
I think this section is a bit ambiguos.. Salut does mean both hello and bye like the Italian ciao, but also bonjour literally mean good morning/day. I'd rather start by introducing Salut as hello, bonjour as good morning/day, and au revoir as good bye.
Don't put two different meanings. Choose one, just as if you were speaking to a friend.
I've always thought that 'Salut' only meant 'cheers'. That's how I learnt it during high school. But apparently it is more common for it to mean 'hi' as a greeting?
Right. It may mean either "hi" or "bye" as well. There is more information in the comments above. Please read them before posting.
Thanks, I also think so :) This confirms my impression that Duolingo not always does right pronounce. Nevertheless, great tool to learn foreign language :)
France has regional speech patterns just like every other large country. They have less than most because they go to some trouble to eliminate them but such patterns still exist.
One of the most distinctive is Parisian. Naturally the social, cultural and academic elites of France think that Parisian French is the one true way to speak.