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25 GREAT French Expressions/Slang/Words you don't learn from Duo

A month ago me and my French cousin complied this list of useful words you don't learn in your French class. It's been well-received, gaining 10,000 visits last week alone. In the next week or so I have 25 MORE new words lined up. If there's any cool words/expressions you'd like to share then let me know here (no curse words though)! Also if you found this list useful then please, share it and spread the French-learning love :) À plus from France Duolingooo

January 23, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

You had a few that were not on my list, like "nana":

https://duolinguist.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/french-slang/

My list has over 2300 words, idioms and short phrases and it certainly comes in handy when translating. Duolingo gets you in the door, but you can't walk around the room until you get familiar with many of these slang terms. They show up EVERYWHRE in French culture.

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCrazy

Wow this is impressive! If you'd like, I can link your page in on my site. It's really good stuff :)

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

That's fine with me. My site is simply my organized collection of materials, videos, translations, word lists, and grammar notes but I will admit that I have some very interesting material.

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/choeisa

Thanks for the list. I learned majority of them from Lingvist.io. So I'm on the right track :-).

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCrazy

Ooooo I'll write on your wall when I come out with the next 25 then! I must stump you hahah

I never heard of Lingvist.io but you've peaked my interest, I'm going to go check it out now. It's midnight in France though so I should probably sleep soon XD

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AGirlNamedHannah

This list is awesome! :) Thanks "Mec" :P

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades

One time I confused mec and mac, which is apparently short for maquereau, literally meaning mackerel, but being used for a pimp.

All this confusion came up by watching the old classic Bob le Flambeur, which is a great French movie by the way.

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gshin3737

french on point

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

A great list, but I can't make use of most of it, unfortunately, slang being so regional. Only a couple of those are used here in Québec (commonly, at least). But I finally know what "Ça y est" means. :)

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCrazy

True, I think I'd have to do a list just for you Canadians :P because I know a few things you guys do differently. Thanks for the comment ^.^

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaggiePye

It's hard to find resources on Québec French, unfortunately. (And Duolingo HATES our French accent. )

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

There are some dictionaries of the differences between Québec French and France French that can be found in Québec, but most of them are outdated, unfortunately.

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaggiePye

I live here, so yeah, I know that--but (a) there are not many resources for anglophones wanting to learn Québec French (especially outside Québec itself), and (b) most of them, as you said, are really outdated.

I just love how Duolingo chokes on the accent when my wife (a native French speaker) does one of my speaking exercises. (I actually quit doing them, because I worked hard to learn how to make my vowels sound Québecois, thank you very much! I don't want to lose that! I practice my speaking skills out in public, instead.) I imagine it's the same problem with other French-speaking countries around the world.

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagorf

Then if you want to get into these you may as well consider buying "Un dictionnaire d'argot français" and read all of the San Antonio police novels....

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alejandria101

I <3 you pic

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje

Avoir un lingot :)

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

Vous devez utiliser l'impératif. ;)

Using the second person plural/formal form, which is appropriate here: "Ayez un lingot" is the correct conjugation. :)

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPrince

that's cool...so its like how in English we have words like ''yeah'' instead of yes

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters

Thank you for this post (: merci beaucoup!!!

January 27, 2015
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