25 French insults you probably shouldn’t use | With audio

A woman with glasses and a polka dot blouse looks angrily at another person, with her hands outstretched. We only see part of the back of the other person's head. Some insults are likely being exchanged.

The French are generally very polite and prefer privacy to emotional outbursts and displays, but they are human beings, after all. And so, there’s a wide range of insults in French. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use them or say them to anyone, but it’s important to recognize French insults, since you’re likely to come …


28 Ways to Say Yes in French | With Audio Pronunciation

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If you spend some time in France or do a lot of reading or listening in French, you’ll notice that the French don’t always answer “oui” when you ask them a question. Instead, they might use the equivalent of “of course”, “yup” or “maybe”, or expressions like “Of course”, “I agree,” and “That’s it precisely.”  There’s …


How to say happy birthday in French (and the mistakes to avoid)

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There are some cultural details we take for granted. If you’ve ever celebrated classmates’ birthdays in your French class, or seen a French movie or TV show where there was a birthday (un anniversaire), you might think you’ve got French birthday traditions down pat. Then there may come a day when you’re invited to a …


How to say ‘best’ in French: meilleur vs mieux

There are two ways to say “best” in French: meilleur (or meilleure/meilleurs/meilleures, depending on what it’s modifying) and mieux. Despite their common translation, these words are used differently and in some cases can also be translated as “better”. That may not sound like the best news, but fortunately, there’s an easy way to know when to …


30 funny (and often NSFW) French words – and how to pronounce them

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Like any language, French has its share of funny words and expressions, from sayings that use vivid or silly imagery to get their point across, to words that just sound humorous. Here are thirty funny French words and expressions that make me chuckle or crack a smile no matter how often I hear them. Thirty …