So, I find this funny:
If "lady" is « Madame » (ma + dame)
Then "ladies" is literally pluralizing it (ma in plural is "mes", it's a possesive), it becomes « mesdames »
But, I'm not sure if there's such word as « messieurs »
You're correct, just as the plural of madame is mesdames, the plural of monsieur is messieurs.
There is indeed such a word as messieurs -- it's the plural of monsieur !
could not hear a difference in madame and mesdames
The difference is definitely there in the audio. 'Madame' is pronounced /ma.dam/ and 'mesdames' is pronounced /me.dam/. It's just like the difference between 'ma' and 'mes'.
"Good morning, ladies!" doesn't sound nearly as formal as "Bonjour Mesdames!"
Well, Sean, the French are a lot classier than we are.
Having spent time in French pool halls I'm not likely to agree.
What is good afternoon?
"Bonjour" can mean either "hello", "good morning" or "good afternoon"
I've been told that "bon après-midi" sounds weird. But this might be a difference between the French from France versus the French from Quebec. I'm not sure though.