Whether you’re hoping to make a good impression on your tour guide or you’re working up the nerve to start a conversation with a cute person you’ve had your eye on, most successful conversations you’re going to have will require you to know how to introduce yourself in French, even if a little haltingly.
Fortunately, this guide is meant to help you move beyond the awkward phase and into a more fluid, fluent approach to cheek kissing and shaking hands.
If you’re looking for a quick guide to the various ways to greet someone or say hello, start here.
If you already know how to say salut and you’re ready to get a feel for how these types of conversations would go in a natural, real-life exchange, these sample dialogues will provide you with a template to help get you comfortable striking up conversations with new people.
By the end of this article, you should know how to introduce yourself in French, address someone else with both the formal and informal “you,” ask someone to have a drink with you, introduce a friend and express your pleasure in having met someone.