Most likely you have studied French with different teachers and books for years, you feel good about going to France and practice your French there. You hear a group of French people talking and you feel like what the heck…
You struggle to understand what they are talking about. You hear words, expressions you have never heard before… The reason is that academic study does not prepare you enough to be able to understand a real conversation with native French.
I am going to give you 5 French words they don’t teach you at school
The word may sound quite strange, if you hear it for the first time. Ouf is one of the most used French verlan. Verlan is a French reverse slang, whose specifics are playing with syllables and pronouncing words backward toward. Ouf actually means Fou, crazy in English.
Tu es ouf si tu fais ça !
You are crazy, if you do that!
The same as above, meuf is another case of verlan. The original word was femme, which turns into meuf. It means a girl and is used especially among young people. For a guy you would say un mec.
J’ai parlé avec la meuf.
I talked with the girl.
Voilà technically refers to things that are farther away but can also indicate, when something is done, in place or to point out that something has just arrived. French speakers say quite a lot, it can be translated to here it is.
Voilà ! Je pensais l’avoir perdu !
Here it is! I thought I lost it!
Me voilà !
Here I am!
Trop can be translated to too, like it’s too soon, but in spoken French it means very, a lot. The word makes emphasis on the adjective. You will often smile when you will hear them saying:
C’est troooop beau !
It’s very beautiful!
Or when to say something is cute.
C’est troooop mignon !
It’s so cute!
Quite overused by many French people bref is use to make a long story short. It can in some cases be translated to anyway.
Bref je dois partir !
Anyway I have to go!
J’ai eu quelque problème quand je suis allé là-bas… bref je peux plus y aller.
I had some problems when I went there, in short, I can’t go there anymore.
Putain may be one of the most used and popular French words. It has many different meanings according to the context. I found a funny video that will helps you to understand it better!
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