https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

French abbreviations and texting messages

This is a short list of messaging abbreviations, (and also some few official abbreviations), you can add your own in the comments.

  • "A+" or "@+": for “A plus“ (= see you, "à plus" is the informal short for "à plus tard", see you later.)

  • "b1": phonetic short for "good", "well". As "1" is pronounced "un" it makes the same sound in French that "bien".

  • "b1sur": phonetic short for “Bien sûr“: Of course.

  • "bcp": Official short for “Beaucoup“ (Very much) , as in “merci bcp” (thanks a lot).

  • "bjr" Short for "Bonjour" (good day)

  • "bsr": Short for "Bonsoir" (good evening)

  • "slt": Short for "Salut" (Hello, hi)

  • "c" (or "cé"): Approximative phonetic short for “C’est”, meaning “It’s” or “it is”. It's approximative phonetic, because normally "c" or "cé" and "c'est" doesn't have the same sound, one is é, and one is è.

  • "c" (or "cé"): Approximative phonetic short for “sais"= know form the verb "savoir). J c= je sais (I know), Tu c = tu sais (you know)

  • "c-a-d": official abbreviation “C’est-à-dire” (i.e)

  • "c cho" for "c'est chaud", litterally "it's hot", slang to say for instance you could hardly do something, for instance by lack of time, but you have a strong obligation to do it, or you have a very important thing to say, but it's maybe to hard to achieve it. "c'est chaud" = It would be really difficult!

  • "dac" or "ok", for "d'accord" (OK)

  • "dsl" for “Désolé“ or "Désolée" (Sorry!)

  • "DQP": Official acronym for “Dès que possible” (ASAP), not used for messaging, because too formal, not very used.

  • "g" Approximative phonetic for “J’ai“ (I have). It's an approximation, because normally the letter "g" and the word "j'ai" doesn't have the same sound, one is é, and one is è. Example: "g f1" = "j'ai faim", (I'm hungry)

  • "jms": "official" abbreviation for “Jamais” (Never), not only used for messaging.

  • "jtm" for “Je t’aime” (I love you)

  • "kan": Phonetic short for “quand“ (When)

  • "qd" is the official abbreviation for "quand" (not used in chatroom, they prefer to write a phonetic French.)

  • "kom": Phonetic short for "comme" (How). Normally "om" is a nasal sound, but it's assumed here you have "ko-mm"

  • "ke": Phonetic short for "que" (That)

  • "koid9" (may have other variants): for "Quoi de neuf?" (What’s up?), because "new" (neuf) in French sound like "neuf" the number nine in French.

  • "mr6" for "merci" (thanks). I didn't see it very often.

  • "ok1" for “Aucun“ (none, no one)

  • "qqn": official abbreviation for “Quelqu’un" (Someone) the messaging and much more informal tequivalent for the official "qqn" is "qq1".

  • "RAS": official abbreviation from the army: “Rien à signaler” ( “nothing to report”. Nothing new, basically.") Not only used for messaging.

  • "re", abbreviation for "rebonjour" (Hello again)

  • "tjs":“official" abbreviation for "Toujours" (Always). Not only used in texto.

  • "tt": "official" abbreviation for “Tout” (All, Everything). Not only used in texto.

  • "v1" for “Viens” (Come)

  • "X moi" for "Crois-moi" (Belive me), because a cross is a "croix" in French, and it sounds like the verb "crois" (from "croire", to believe)

  • "ya:" for “Il y a” (There is). "Ya" is very common orally too.

  • "tlm" , official abbreviation for "Tout le monde" (Everybody). In messaging: slt tlm = "salut tout le monde"= hello everybody.

  • "pkoi" or "pk" for "Pourquoi" (Why)

  • "stp" for "s'il te plaît" and "svp" for "s'il vous plaît", official abbreviations for "please", not only used in messaging. "stp" can be used orally too in informal speech, when you're begging with insistance.

  • "mdr" or "lol" (both are used), "mdr" for "Mort de rire", litterally "death of laughing (too much)". "Lol" can be used orally too to mock someone.

  • "ptdr", same than "mdr" (but a bit stronger), for "pété de rire", slang, litterary "snapped of laughing (too much)". It's often very ironic.

  • "gg" for the English "good game", as congratulations, is used a lot by gamers.

  • "com dab" or "kom dab" (or any other phonetic variant). Used in text messaging and orally in informal speech.

  • "t1kiet" (or any variant) for "t'inquiètes!", meaning informally "don't worry.

  • "t'es", very common oral short for "tu es". In messaging message it's written "t" (an approximative transcription)

  • "chui": oral deformation of “Je suis” (I am)

An interesting site here: http://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-7196.php

May 12, 2014

61 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Darren_Mart

Thanks for posting this list Perce_Neige, already added it to my bookmarks! But I admit that text-speak makes me sad, especially in a language as beautiful as French.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SpaceMichael

I use these whenever I'm asking questions:

Pourquoi > Pq (Why) Comment > Cmt (how?)

For when, instead of kan I do qd.

Also: Non > nn (No)

Cool list btw!

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Yes, "qd" is the official (formal) abbreviation, teacher taught us to use them to write down the lessons faster. Official abbreviation are correct, but text messaging, is not.

Thanks, I add "qd", very good idea. For the other ones, I never saw "cmt" in a chat, they are more likely to say something like "koman" or "komen" (very phonetic silly French)

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/coin-quin

Please, don't use these... Translations are correct but 99% of them WILL make you look stupid if you use them. They are only used by children (no offense intended) who won't make an effort to spell properly. Yes, it is a plus to know what these mean but, as I said, don't use them if you want people to respect you (seriously) :)

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17

I use them all the time, and I'm no child. It's just easier. I wouldn't use them in an email to my boss or anything, but to a friend sure.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/milly.sorit

I guess, it's like in all languages, if it's faster or shorter to write it on the phone or chat, then that's what we do. I try really hard to always write the full "por que" in Spanish, but most of the times when I text "xq" just beats me to the punch, and I'm a university teacher LOL

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/coin-quin

Do you use things like "v1" "b1" "koid9" "kan" "kom" or "c cho" ? To me some are ok, like "c-a-d", "tjs", "comme d'hab", "qd"... Which are real abbreviations and not deformation or a mark of laziness

May 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17

Why do I have to follow random rules? What's wrong with phonetic spelling? It's how I speak. It's easier. I know how to use both, but there's just no reason to use longer versions of words in a casual conversation.

May 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

I have a lot of francophone friends who are capable of writing well, but who often use abbreviations like this on facebook, for instance.

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SongbirdSandra

C'est extrêmement intéressant !  Merci beaucoup pour le partage. :-)

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_splendor_

that was awesome , mrc bcp (we say mrc instead of merci in our texting ;)

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Thanks Farnaz.

So, mr6 or mrc Farnaz ;-)

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr

Oh là là, vous êtes en train d'apprendre le langage SMS !!! :) Si au bureau, cela nous arrive d'utiliser quelques raccourcis comme A+, ou c-à-d ou encore cdlt pour cordialement, tout le reste vient du langage SMS, à bannir...

En tout cas, je ne les utilise pas. :)

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

C'est bien le but de la page. Pouvoir comprendre quand quelqu'un te parle comme ça (par exemple sur un tchat), c'est utile, mais j'ai jamais dit que je cautionnais >:D

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr

Eh bien, je ne le lirai pas et je ne répondrai pas à l'auteur. Dans ma famille, une grande famille, par le nombre :), des cousins, des cousines, des oncles, des tantes et avec leurs enfants etc... ils sont tous prévenus que je ne lirai pas leurs messages s'ils utilisent le langage SMS.

Par conséquent, je ne leur répondrai pas non plus ! Du coup, ils sont obligés de m'écrire en langue française, en bonne et due forme :), pour que je daigne leur répondre ! :):):)

J'ai bien le droit, non ? Je vis dans un pays libre ! :)

PS : je tolère tout de même quelques mots comme lol, mdr ! Mdr. Mais seulement dans un forum de discussion...

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

Je suis comme ça en anglais. Si vous êtes trop paresseux de m'écrire en le VRAI anglais, je ne me sens pas d'obligation de vous répondre. "U" pour "You," ça me dérange!

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding

Merco bcp- C'est très útil

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seby1607

Very interesting, have a lignot :). The "ke" instead of "que" is also used in Spanish, just in case you're interested :) .

Edit : I'm not sure if you have put as well "mdr" which means "mort de rire" (dead from laughing, or in English it would be "lol").

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Thanks. Yes, there's the famous mdr, but we use "lol" also.
It would be very useful if you make one with Spanish messaging language, because Spanish people use it more than French (or maybe it shocks me because I can't understand Spanish messaging, lol). As far, I've seen "q" for "que" in Spanish, rather than "ke".

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/milly.sorit

I'm a university teacher in Mexico, believe me "ke " is definitely used among teens, and it actually bothers me more than "q" because at least "q " starts with the right letter :D I think the real problem is when their texting world crosses over to their school world and I end up with their homework full of "k"s and "q"s.

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seby1607

Haha, ok I'll do my best to do one in Spanish, promised :D ! Thanks for the idea!

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/puppy7989

I saw com DAB on a french friend's facebook page (a message on her wall from one of her friends) .Comme d'habitude fits the sentence so I assume that was the intention. I don't know how common it is though or whether it is a little joke between the two of them.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Yes, I will add it, thanks! It's "come dab", or "kom dab", or any other phonetic spelling. Comme d'habitude = as usual. It's very common, in informal speech too.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DatIsDaz

Some english abreviation such as "LOL" can also be used in French (I think "LOL" is actually more used even though it has the same meaning as "MDR") when texting or on the internet.

I also think that "ASAP" is more used than "DQP". (It comes from the business world, which acquired a lot of english language)

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Yes, you're right "DQP" is too formal, and "ASAP" can be in use (but not when young people are chatting, I don't think they know this acronym.

There's another version for "lol", I don't add it, but it's "lawl", and "trololol", very inronic.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DatIsDaz

Right, and we can also let the english speaking world discover the amazing "mortdelol", built on the same way. ^^

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Lol. "Mordelol" I didn't know that one. Do you have an abbreviation for this? mdl? And it could be "mordemordelol" later?

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

I think "trololol" and "trolololol" are English indeed (I didn't know that) http://cheezburger.com/4277099520

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/juandenil

ROFLMAO means 'rolling on the floor laughing my arse off ( but still managing to type )

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DatIsDaz

And indeed, "Trolololo" is a reference to this vid of a russian singer which went viral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DatIsDaz

Duo should definitely teach some english lessons in Lolcatz speak :D

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DatIsDaz

I don't think it has any abreviation but I'm sure I read it on the internet... mortdemortdelol. I definitely like it (it almost sounds like a recursive acronym ->) :D

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Wow, you posted the real mister lol. oO

But we have the same in France in Corsica and the tyrol songs in the Alps! Maybe even better!

It's a bit funny and unusual to talk in English with another French XD

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Merci! I wish I had French friends to text though... :(

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

What are your hobbies? Do you like internet games or anything else? And your age? The native here can help you to find a French communauty interested by the same thing than you, and same age than you, and you'll find a lot of friends, it's easy.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Merci, I'm in the range of 9-13 (age). I don't play video games, only study French. I play sports and exercise a lot, too (basketball is the sport I play most).

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

I was hoping you like games, because to play online games in French, is a very good way to learn informal French!

I don't have sites about basketball (what are your favorites teams?), but I will look.

Try this one, is a community of game, but little games, (only one of them takes time, it's the RPG called "mush", all the other ones are played in 5 minutes), you can log in with your Google account, if you want, after registring.

http://twinoid.com/fr

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Oh, I would love to play online games in French! And thanks for helping me! Do you recommend any sites for games??

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Try the one I posted "twinoid" (also available in English, and if you log in with the English interface, you can still see the French speaking gamers.
Playsthe mini-games, and add friends randomly (you pick random names, checking on their profiles they're French), you will have their activity stream on your page (like the page "activity" here on Duo.
You can comment what they say. (Example: you have a message on your activity page that one of them won a game, even if you don't know him, post a "good game!, You're very good!", and the person will reply to you. You will see the reply of his/her friends too, and can add them too, they will probably add you too if they're friendly and English speakers. They will be very happy to practice their English. This communauty is very friendly, and their age is around 11-17.

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Merci!

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo

Good to know!

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RobinHood10

Si on sent l'envie d'écrire en abréviations en français, imaginez en arabe. :p

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeySlezak

J'ai un seul ami qui parle français comme moi. Triste non?

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Ne te décourage pas. Les amis, ça se fait.
Il faut que tu trouves une communauté de gens qui te ressemblent, il y en a suffisamment sur le Net. Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire?

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeySlezak

évidement parle les langues étranger. :)

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Donc... tu es dans la meilleure des communautés en ce moment même :-D

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tonywangtj

Interesting post! Merci bcp!!

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
  • 2045

Mrc bcp !

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/milly.sorit

Wow, Interesting... All languages are being somehow abbreviated, I'm not sure that's a good thing, but it is a global phenomenon

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLG07

Hahhaha Thanks for your abbreviations :D

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/staceychoi

Merci bcp.

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

I didn't see "jva," for "je vais." I see that one a lot in my facebook feed from francophone friends.

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Thanks. I didn't know this one!

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

It may be pretty Québécois. I'm in a place that even the other Québécois joke about when it comes to language. Ici, ils parlent "la langue de bûcherons." :-D

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

Oh, and "pis" for "puis." Oral and in texts.

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

I wonder what the French equivalent of "Lyk dis if u cri evry tiem" is?

May 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SavannahFlower

i love how you say all that.

May 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
  • 2045

J'aime "pkoi" "pk" My intitals!

May 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mrnmibrc

What does "tklment" mean ? "ça a été hier tklment" ou "on rentre a la maison tklment"

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DirtyMess

It is the short for "tranquillement" which means peacefully, quietly.

February 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/L0STCAT

C'est précis. Je les utilise tout le temps.

February 21, 2018
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