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Filler words in spoken French

Could anyone tell me some filler words commonly used in spoken French? For example: 'you know', 'um', 'like', 'well', and 'I mean' (there are loads of others but these spring to mind) I'm just curious to know and might also use them to help me sound more fluent when I speak French (or try to). And apologies if this has been addressed before. Thanks in advance! :)

February 7, 2015

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

You can add "Ben" at the beginning of your sentences when speaking, also work on your pronunciation :P

February 7, 2015

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

I hear quoi tacked onto the end of sentences a lot.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steff2015

When replying to just about anything, you can start with 'alors' - meaning 'so...' while you think about the answer. 'Bof' is a general filler while you are thinking, especially if there's something you're not too bothered about.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leanned999

they say 'ben' in quebec (joual). dont pronounce the n. i would translate it as a form of 'weeelll'.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-yungching-

I think all those you listed can be used in more or less the same way if you translate them literally. For example, You know - Vous savez/tu sais... Um - Euh (we're taught to avoid saying it too much though, which I guess is the same in English :p) I mean - Je veux dire (Not as common as in English maybe) Well - 'Bah' or 'Ben' as a few have already mentioned :) Another I can think of is 'Eh bien' (Eg: Eh bien ! Vous en avez mis, du temps à me rejoindre !)

February 8, 2015
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