Greeting and starting a conversation

Greetings and Starting a Conversation

Learning Objectives 

  • Greetings and starting a conversation
  • Be able to use “aller” in the indicative present 
  • Talk and ask about wellbeing
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Key Words & Phrases




Au revoir

A bientôt

Comment ça va ?

Ça va.


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Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

You have just received an instant message on your new language app, try to answer it as best as you can: 

“Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Antoine, et toi ? Comment vas-tu ?”

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

On a video call or in-person with a friend, a relative, or a neighbor, have a simple conversation in French, using greetings and asking how the other person is. Try practicing this conversation in a formal and informal setting, making the necessary changes.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Practice introductions and starting conversations in both a formal and informal setting, talking about how you are feeling by using the following information.

  • Starting a new job (formal setting); introduce yourself to a new colleague; you feel very well.
  • Bumping into a friend (informal setting); you do not feel well at all

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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