À Demain means “see you tomorrow.”
This phrase would be used if you’re leaving your place or work or the classroom and telling a friend bye.
It also can be used to highlight future events with someone. Say for instance you text a buddy or a date about plans tomorrow, you could throw in an à demain near the end of such a conversation.
À bientôt (ah be-n-tow) is a common way to say “bye” to someone in French. The English equivalent would be “see you soon.”
À PLUS (TARD)
À plus (tard) is an expression for saying “bye” to someone.
This one is more difficulty for beginners to understand the pronunciation:
If you want to shorten this phrase to à plus, it’s pronounced ah-plooos with a prominent “s” at the end.
If you want to say the full expression, à plus tard, then it’s pronounced without the “s” as ah-ploo tard.
This is sometimes shortened to À+ in texting (see our article on French texting slang).
The French borrowed this one from their neighbors in Italy. Ciao in French is primarily used to say “bye.” This is contrary to Italian where it’s used to say both “hi” and “bye,” almost like salut.
By referring to this list of French greetings, you should be well-equipped to say hello and goodbye in a variety of settings. Any comments or questions can be left below the article.
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