French Greetings

How to say hello in French

Kieran Ball
7 min readMar 2, 2024

Bonjour et bienvenue — hello and welcome to “French to the core — a course in French essentials”

In this article, we’re going to learn all about French greetings. You might have just noticed, in fact, that when I started the lesson, I said, “Bonjour et bienvenue”

Well, that’s three French words straight away!

Bonjour” means “hello

et” means “and

bienvenue” means “welcome

Bonjour et bienvenue hello and welcome

I should also really introduce myself, seeing as we’re going to be spending a lot of time together in these lessons. Bonjour et bienvenue, je m’appelle Kieran

“je m’appelle Kieran” — well, you might be able to work out what that means.

je m’appelle Kieran” means “I’m called Kieran

It literally means “I call myself Kieran”

So, how could you introduce yourself in French if you were called Pierre?

Hello, I’m called Pierre Bonjour, je m’appelle Pierre



Kieran Ball

Teacher and creator of 3 Minute Languages — a series of books and online courses that help you to learn a foreign language quickly and easily