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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Foreign Slang: Francy French (Slang in France)


Above is a music video which I think exemplifies the French slang pretty well, and here is the site which translates the French into English for those non-francophones. Upon visiting Brussels and with the fact that French is the primary language here in tow, I have created a list of French slang terms. A few have come from some sites around the web, but some terms I have found in conversations with others here at Easy Languages like "C'est fou!" meaning "That's crazy!" Read on past the break for my complete list.
  1. apero= aperitif
  2. aprem= apres midi
  3. gueule= slang for mouth or face
  4. macdo= MacDonald's
  5. vachement= extremely
  6. zinzin= colloquial word, crazy
  7. chelou= shady, suspicious
  8. gratos= free
  9. rigolo= funny
  10. mon mec/mon copain= my boyfriend
  11. fetard= someone who parties a lot
  12. bavard(e)= someone who talks a lot
  13. fou= crazy
  14. vache= mean
  15. zarbi= weird, strange, bizzare
There is an interesting form of slang that has become increasingly popular, but only certain words have been picked up out of these terms. Certain groups may not use this form of slang, but it is particularly popular among youth. It's called verlan, and it is basically an inverse form of slang. For example, louche becomes chelou which means shady, or suspicious.  It's sort of like the French form of Pig Latin, just more "cool." In America chelou would be the equivalent of 'that's so sketch' or sketchy.

Are there any cool French slang words that are missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: www.ielanguages.com, www.ielanguages.com