No. 285: French Slang
As in any language, French has a large and rich slang vocabulary which only makes things harder for us French learners. Mais it is what you hear in every day conversations en France, so sometimes you have to head to the Urban Dictionary and try to figure things out.
Here are five slang phrases I’ve heard a lot lately and finally sat down to decipher:
À la côte: On the rocks. (living on the edge, not a drink served on ice!)
J’ai envie de bouffer. I’m ready to eat.
C’est trop relou! That sucks!
Je kiffe ton frère. I like your brother. (romantically)
Oh mince! Oh, my gosh!
The lovely Geraldine of Comme une Française has also been thinking about French slang and foreigners lately. Here is her petite vidéo with five of her favorite slang phrases.
What are your favorite French slang sayings?
Chouette (cool)! My husband’s is vâchement (extremely). He laughs as he puts the two together: vâchement chouette. Lol
Can I really say this? I love it.
Andy said that his French friends always giggle and roll their eyes when he says it. :0)
It’s always good to get the French giggling!