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Keep in Mind Some French Slangs

So, eventually you reached in France.

You can’t wait to begin practicing your French. You may go to a tea shop and start conversing with a group of pupils.

However, you are not able to make out the words they are using. And quickly, your French doesn’t seem all that worthy. Perhaps you might have studied French grammar, but not adequate daily French or casual French words.

You may feel your experience as quiet untoward. And it may be your first bitter experience. But don’t disquiet; you can learn the proper way of speaking.

How to Study argot (French Slang) efficiently

Studying argot is simple but not stress-free.

It consists of three steps.

First, acquire the correct input: actual, true content. You have to keep aside your textbooks and to begin learning from TV shows, music videos, and the like.

Second, you should find and record unfamiliar words. Normally, you have to make out the meaning from context.

And third, exercise them regularly with your friends.

If you feel this as a hazardous task, then there is one trump card, inlingua.

Some of the commonly used and useful slang words are given below.


These days BCBG is a widespread acronym and it stands for “bien chic bon genre”. BCBG is the French slang for preppy.


Bordel literally means brothel. On the other hand, these days bordel is more usually used to define a large mess.

Example: Range ta chambre. C’est le bordel.  Clean your room. It’s a mess.

Une clope

It is a generally used slang word in Paris for cigarette; une clope. For example: T’aurais pas une clope? You don’t happen to have a cig, do you?


The word mec is yet another generally used slang term, and stands for boyfriends as well as guys in general. Example: Il est beau, ce mec. That guy is good-looking.

Nickel is slang for the word “perfect”. When something is A-OK you can endorse it by telling this French word.

Bouffer / la bouffe
The above given two slangs are more casual ways of saying “to eat” (manger) or “food” (la nourriture).

être vénère

This slang is used to express that you are irritated or angry. être vénèrewhich is the vernal of être énervé. For example: Mathieu est vénère. Matthew is irritated.


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