The Connexion tip: French keywords

There are four key words that are really useful for conversational French and which UK schools rarely teach.

They are le truc, le machin, la chose and le bidule.

What they all essentially mean is ‘the thing’ or ‘the thingy’ and so can be used to fill gaps in vocabularly in most situations.

Other common slang words to keep an ear out for include baraque (meaning home - a bit like joint or gaff), bouffer (to eat), mec (bloke), meuf (femme or woman, can be pejorative), chiant (annoying or frustrating), bobo (a little scratch or cut), le fric or le blé (money), je me casse (I’m off, I’m out of here), and n’importe quoi (whatever!)

You can find tips like this and much more in our Moving to France guide, on sale now.

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