French Phrases: How to write a letter or e-mail in French
The following phrases and vocabulary are useful when writing a
letter or e-mail in French. In this first page, we look at how to begin a
letter. Then on the next pages we'll look at standard closing formulae
and useful phrases for writing a French business letter.
In informal letters, the word cher (feminine chère)
is used in a similar way to English Dear. In more formal letters, the word
Monsieur etc tends to stand on its own (though Cher Monsieur etc is possible).
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|Cher Michel||-||Dear Michel (male form)|
|Chère Michelle||-||Dear Michelle (female form)|
|Chers Michel et Danielle||-||Dear Michel and Danielle|
|Salut Daniel!||-||Hi Daniel!|
|Bonjour (à tous)!||-||Hello (all)! (Used in e-mails)|
|Coucou!||-||Hi there! (Very informal; suitable for an informal e-mail between friends)|
|Recoucou!||-||Hi again! (Very informal; suitable for an informal e-mail between friends)|
|Chers Collègues||-||Dear Colleagues|
|Monsieur le Directeur||-||Dear Sir (writing to a director, CEO etc)|
|Monsieur le Maire/Proviseur||-||Dear Mayor/Headmaster|
Next: letter closures
See the next page for example letter closures in French.
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