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French slang you won’t learn in school

Date Posted: July 5, 2018Reading time: 1 minute

Age shouldn’t stop you from picking up a new language, science says so! While it may get more difficult, it’s just as worthwhile and can help improve your memory, attention, multitasking, and decision making abilities. Plus, being bilingual can be a valuable skill in the workplace.

Years ago, I had the pleasure to work with the late French Consulate of France in Halifax.  He was an Anglophone who had taken French lessons and although he did well in his classes he still needed to practice daily.  For months we only spoke French on the phone and through our daily morning meetings. He actually started to sound more French than I did.

Finally being comfortable with his French, he wanted to immerse himself in the French culture so we decided to add slang to our chats. That’s when the fun really started.

 

French slang to add to your repertoire:

English – Don’t give up.

French – N’abandonne pas

Slang – Lache pas la patate

 

English – That’s a lot of fun

French – C’est très amusant

Slang –  Ça trippe fort

 

English – That’s excellent

French – C’est formidable

Slang –  C’t’au boutte

 

English –  Hold on!

French – Ne quittez pas !

Slang –  Attache la tuqu

 

English –  That’s worthless

French – C’est sans valeur

Slang –  C’est moche

 

English – That’s cool

French – Super!

Slang – C’est chouette

 

English – I don’t believe it!

French – Je ne crois pas!

Slang – Ben voyon donc!

 

English – Right here!

French – Ici!

Slang – Drette-la!


Carole Bell is an Executive Assistant at Trampoline. Get in touch at [email protected]