Every French beginner is definitely going to have some hair-scratching moments when he or she decides to have a casual conversation with a French or francophone person; there is a high probability that there will be a lot of new words or expressions. If you happen to experience this, don’t be discouraged! There are certain words(slangs) which you are mostly likely not going to learn in the classroom. These slangs are called ‘les argots’.  I’m going to share some common ones with you;

1. T’sais which means ‘you know’. Just like its meaning in English, it is casually tucked at the end of the sentence.
Ex: Il m’a appelé, t’sais? (He called me, you know?)

2. Meuf which stands for girlfriend or wife. This word is actually ‘femme’ which has been flipped upside down to ‘meuf’.
Ex: Elle va bien, ta meuf ?(How’s your girlfriend?)

3. Gosse means child or commonly referred to as enfant.
Ex: Votre gosse est là-bas! (Your kid is over there!).

4. Gonzesse which stands for girl.
Ex: La nouvelle gonzesse de Freddy est arrivée. (Freddy’s new girlfriend is here).

5. Flic which means a policeman
Ex: Il est un flic travaillant sous couverture.(He’s an undercover cop).

6. Faire dodo which translates to ‘to sleep’
Ex: Les bébés font dodo dans la nurserie.(The babies are asleep in the nursery)

7. Mec which stands for dude or guy.
Ex : Non, c’est pas juste, mec. (No, that’s not fair, dude).

8. Fric which means money.
Ex: Papa m’a donné du fric. (Papa gave me money).

9. Nickel which means impeccable.
Ex: J’aime bien ce dessin. C’est nickel !(I really like this painting, it’s impeccable).

10. Avoir la dalle: to be hungry. An example under this is ‘J’ai la dalle: I am hungry. It is important to note that the expression ‘J’ai faim’ which also means ‘I’m hungry’ is used more than the slang.

So now that you have been armed with these slangs, call that friend today and use them in your conversations.


By Sena Amankwa.