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Is this phrase actually used in French?

So, I recently started using Busuu, another language learning site, and on one of the lessons it says "Qu'est-ce que tu racontes de beau ?" translates as "How have you been?" Is this expression actually used in France? It seemed a little odd to me, as I haven't been exposed to this expression

April 3, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

It is very common, yes. It is a colloquial expression, don't say that to your boss. It means What's new?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Summerstor5

It seems very wordy to say just "what's new". Isn't there "Quoi de neuf?" or "Quoi de neuf chez toi ?" I know the French like to speak a bit longer than Americans (or at least it seems that way to me when I listen to a tv show), but a lot of their phrases are to keep things short.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

Well, what can I say ? Sometimes the point is to express something, not to save your breath ! ☺


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/g4rcons

yes, "quoi de neuf" was also in the lesson, means the same thing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vinnie-081970

Yes, this expression is used in France. But it is rather colloquial. Not to be used in a formal context. Rather with friends or family members. Notice the use of "TU", indicating familiarity. However, you may use it with "VOUS" in a bit more formal conversation, for example, your neighbor : "Qu'est-ce que vous racontez de beau ?" It is not slang or vulgar though, so you may use in everyday conversation.

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