Ask a French Teacher – Using French Slang


hi everybody Candace here welcome to ask
a teacher where I answer your most common French questions the question for
this lesson is how can I use French slang there are a lot of words you hear
in French that you almost never see Wheaton in fact there are many
expressions that are unique to spoken French take quoi at the end of a
sentence for example quoi in spoken French doesn’t just mean what when used
at the end of a sentence it’s a filler word that adds emphasis if
you’re talking about something with your friend and she says cinema Lacroix
she isn’t asking a question in English it would sound something like this is
quite normal she’s emphasizing how average or usual
the situation is a very popular slang word among young people is Jean it can
be translated to the filler word like in English for example satish October would
be it was like amazing another common word that’s used
differently in spoken slang is circus ish which means to go separate ways or
to split up say you at lunch with some friends and you have another appointment
to go to you might say ah I guess to signal the end of the get-together the
closest equivalent would be let’s get out of here
however be careful when you use it because it can come off as a little rude
on a similar note just wha means get lost which can be mean or playful so be
careful with this one too let’s look at some words you’re usually only using
conversation bulu is literally a job bulu comes from the French verb bulleted
which means to work with secrecy its nuance is more
of what I do to get by rather than what I do for a living
which would be low travel and pretty below or sometimes just a below is a
part-time or a job Abuja is the casual world for a book Putin comes from the
Dutch book which also means book and as a similar pronunciation France as a
strong academic culture and informal discussions over books upon often so
many people use bucha in more casual settings instead of live which is the
formal way to say book the word boofie means to scarf down food when you’re
really hungry and not paying attention to your manners it’s not an insert
though everyone understands the need to buffet sometimes especially after a long
hard day of work however because of friends vibrant
culinary culture buffet isn’t a word you’ll come across in polite circles
oof is an interjection you’ll hear often it means you’re relieved after you’ve
done or gone through something crazy you can use it as an adjective to like the
roof when you’re talking about a crazy situation it must closely translate to
that sick or simply that’s crazy you can even describe a person as a roof
which means someone who’s lost is mind oof actually comes from Velo which is a
pattern of slang in French we’ll talk about that more in another lesson here
are a couple more common slang words Chiefy means to dig something or to like
something dug means crazy either in a good way or a bad way
another one is show verg a slang word which means really an
knowing how was it go ahead and try them out at your own risk of course if you
have any more questions please leave them in the comments below and I try to
answer them I don’t Oh see you soon

53 thoughts on “Ask a French Teacher – Using French Slang”

  1. Merci beaucoup pour le video! Could you please go over the use of the word "encore" in a future video?

  2. Thanks for this lesson
    If I want to learn French how can I start ?
    Grammar?
    Listening and watching?
    Reading?
    Vocabulary?

  3. Salut Candice , j'aimerais savoir un peu a propos de cette expression "je vise le sommet pose du haut de ma tess , c'est la hass" merci d'avance

  4. how about the liason and elision? when does it occur in a word? does it follow any rule? like the word 'comment allez vous?" i heard it is pronounced as "kumon Ta ley vu"
    and i then i heard the word c'est ouf pronounced as "sey oof"
    and so much more of that which really confuses me
    please help me with this

  5. thank you, how do I ask a woman about her shoes, ask her what her dad is like and what's the proper way to address women from girls?
    For example: "girl, I want to make you feel like a woman."

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  7. I've got one more french word : se faire jarter (slang – very informal, do not use it while talking to people you don't know)

    For example, a teacher expelled a student bc he was to noisy, then in the courtyard, you may hear the students say
    "Il s'est fait jarter du cours par le prof !"

    (="He got his ass kicked out by the teacher" )

  8. Thank you for this session. I learnt a lot but did recall some other expressions that I am quite confused with. So how do we use “je m’en fous” “je fous le camp” and “tout fout le camp”? thank you so much. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  9. Après avoir présenté le mot, il serait bon de l'entendre dans une phrase telle qu'elle est utilisée dans les rues de Paris. "C'est normal, quoi. !" I would translate it in English as "It's normal isn't it?" ( It's normal. Is it not?)

  10. I confused about this vowel "œ" how to use it? Please describe me clear…😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮

  11. 1:00 Please for the sake of well-spoken french, do not use the word "genre" as a gap filler! It sounds very annoying and makes you sound less smart.

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