salut and Bonjour

India
May 13, 2012 7:01am CST
in French we say Salut or Bonjour when we meet people but I get confuse which should we use? I think Bonjour means Good day but people say when they meet not at a time of leaving or last moment. what does Salut mean? can we use salut anytime? means in morning, afternoon, and night?
4 responses
@mysdianait (64241)
• Italy
13 May 12
It sounds to me like when in English we use "good day" when speaking with someone that we don't know very well and "hello" or "hi" to friends and people that we are more intimate with. Could that be the difference ? Hey, why don't you upload that moving avatar that our friend left for you on that other topic? You might not appear quite so frightening
• India
13 May 12
we say Good day when we done with the conversation and in last we say Good day, but in French they say it in starting the discussion or greeting the people. salut means hello in English, but I have seen people saying Bonjour as well that is why i got confused. I think in English, we say hello or Hi for everyone weather they are our frind or not and we say Good Day lastly.
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• India
13 May 12
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@mysdianait (64241)
• Italy
13 May 12
I rarely say "good day" to anyone at all. I often say "good night" though, no matter whether they are friends or not
17 May 12
"Salut" is closer to "Hi" than "Hello", so you can use it whenever you like. It's not very polite, though, and is mostly used between friends, colleagues and acquaintances. If you're meeting someone for the first time, you'd use "Bonjour". Annoyingly, "Bonjour" is "Good day"... so if you meet someone in the evening you'd use "Bonsoir" instead. And also annoyingly, "Bonjour" is a greeting but "Bonsoir" can be used like "Aloha" or "Ciao" and used when you meet AND when you part (though most people switch to "(Passe une) Bonne soiree" instead - "Have a good evening"). "Good night" ("Bonne nuit") is only really used when someone's going to bed, much like in English. When people leave (during the day), they'll usually say "Au revoir" ("See you" or "Later"). They may say "A plus" if they're young and friends (which is much closer to "Later") or "A tout", which is short for "A tout de suite" ("See you in a minute") if they're just popping out and will be back shortly. Source: my lady is French and I spent 7.5 years living in Paris.
@rusale (648)
• Philippines
14 May 12
As what I've understand from translation application, it is much better to use Salut. Bonjour means Good morning while Salut means greeting. So, Salut therefore is for general. It could be by morning or by noontime or evening or even by dawn. hehe. Hope you've learn something from me.
• India
14 May 12
yes, Bonjour means Good morning or good day and salut is hi or hello that is why it is good to use salut instead of bonjour, we can say salut anytime but we cannot say Bonjour anytime.
• Philippines
13 May 12
Wow paris. everybody loves paris! I love Paris too
• India
13 May 12
yes Paris is beautiful and romantic, I have not seen or visited it yet but I have been watching on the television and other medias.