salut – hi and bye in French – meaning, usage and pronunciation

salut pronunciation

To pronounce salut say: “sah-lu”. The -u is what I call the “pointed -u” like in the word tu (you familiar). The -t is completely silent. The French reading rules dictate that if a word ends in vowel plus consonant, the consonant is silent.

meaning and usage

Salut is one of the most commonly used and important words that you’ll hear in French. Translations include hi, hello, bye, goodbye and cheers. Salut is part of informal speech, not to be used with strangers. In more formal situations use bonjour and au revoir.

using salut to say hello

  • Salut, mon ami! Ça va? Hello my friend! How’s it going?
  • Salut, les gars! Je m’appelle David. Hi guys! My name is David.

using salut to say goodbye

  • Salut tout le monde! Je m’en vais maintenant! Bye everybody! I’m leaving now.
  • Salut! À la prochaine! Bye! See you next time!

more uses

Salut has a few more uses. As a verb, saluer means to greet.

  • Je salue les invités quand ils arrivent. I greet the guests when they arrive.

As a noun un salut means a wave or nod.

  • Je lui fais un salut de main. I give him a wave of the hand.

salut pronunciation

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