Bonne nuit (good night) is used when going to bed or leaving a house in the evening.On leaving a shop you may be wished bonne journée (have a nice day) or variations such as bon après-midi, bonne fin d’après-midi, bon dimanche or bon week-end, to which you may reply vous aussi, vous de même or et vous.Every relationship is different, though, so please don’t take my little guide below as the end all and be all of French dating.To me, it seems that French guys are more direct without all the mind games.French guys are used to being turned down by French girls, who are known for playing hard to get.So if you’re asked out and say no and mean no, be prepared for him to ask you out a couple of more times.
If you don’t want to be chased, just be polite and firm.
Tom is the only French guy I’ve ever dated, so I had it easy when it came to the whole French dating game. Our relationship developed from genuine friendship and wasn’t rushed or forced.
He’s really easy going, spoke a good level of English when we met and was familiar with American culture from TV and movies (and what did I know about French dating culture at the time? But as time went on and we discovered more about dating customs in our respective countries, we felt lucky to have found each other and just let things work naturally.
It’s also customary to say good day or good evening ( bonsoir) on entering a small shop and goodbye ( au revoir madame/monsieur) on leaving.
Bonjour becomes bonsoir around 18.00 or after dark, although if you choose bonsoir (or bonjour), don’t be surprised if the response isn’t the same.
And if you say yes the first time he asks, he might be surprised you actually said yes. If he likes you, it means he’s going to keep in touch. There are no calling rules or games here when dating a French guy.