The French phrase "Bonne soirée" revealed

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Translation in English

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does bonne soirée mean?


“Bonne soirée” is the common way to say “Good evening” or “Have a good evening” in French.

How to use it

Use it exactly like “Good evening” or “Have a good evening” in English, when you want to wish someone a good evening.

But if you are more advanced and want to learn some synonyms (Formal, Plural, etc.) check the “Synonyms” section below.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Passe une bonne soirée → Have a good evening
  • Passez une bonne soirée → Have a good evening (Formal &/or Plural)
  • Je te souhaite une bonne soirée → I wish you a good evening
  • Je vous souhaite une bonne soirée → I wish you a good evening (Formal &/or Plural)

Example in a story with translation

Now, let’s see a complete example of this idiom in a story with slow French audio and the English translation below.
Une soirée d'entreprise
A corporate party
Karine:   Alors, c’est ce soir ?
So, is it tonight?
Rémi:   Oui, c’est la soirée annuelle de mon entreprise ce soir.
Yes, it’s the annual party of my company tonight.
Karine:   C’est génial ! Tu es prêt ?
That’s awesome! You’re ready?
Rémi:   Oui, mais je suis un peu stressé. Mon supérieur m’a dit qu’il me présenterait au directeur de l’entreprise.
Yes, but I’m a little stressed. My boss told me that he would introduce me to the director of the company.
Karine:   Vraiment ? C’est énorme !
Really? That’s awesome!
Rémi:   Oui ! Et je pense que je vais avoir une promotion.
Yes! And I think I’m going to get a promotion.
Karine:   Tu penses ? C’est incroyable ! Mais ça veut dire que tu dois avoir l’air parfait !
Do you think so? It’s incredible! But it means you have to look perfect!
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