casual french phrases 🐶
♡ Ça roule? -Comme d’hab!
- means “everything’s great and life’s going well.” In the form of a question, it simply means “How’s life? Good?” Otherwise, the more standard question used to express this same idea is Ça va? “Comme d’hab” can be used in place of “comme d’habitude” (as usual) in any informal setting.
♡ N’importe quoi!
- means “whatever,” and is commonly used in French when someone is exasperated and wishes to openly display their disagreement in a simple, informal way. It can also mean “anything” like in this example: J’aurais donné tout et n’importe quoi ! (I would have given anything and everything!)
♡ C’est n’importe quoi!
- This phrase means “That’s nonsense!”
♡ Laisse tomber…
- means “just forget it,” or “never mind that.” It literally means “drop it,” but doesn’t have quite the same snappy tone behind it as “just drop it!” does in English.
♡ Ça te dit?/Ça vous dit?
- “You up for it?,” this casual French expression is great for suggesting outings with friends or restaurant choices. It can also mean “Sound good?”
♡ Tiens-moi au courant!
- “Keep me up to date!” This is the perfect French phrase to use as you’re waiting to see how things play out in a friend’s life.
♡ Allez savoir pourquoi !/Va savoir pourquoi !
- “for whatever reason”/”God knows why”/ “your guess is as good as mine!” This is a useful phrase that perfectly expresses one’s befuddled state of mind.
- “in brief”. Other synonyms would be “all in all” or “in short.”
- means “Ya know?” and is oftentimes tacked onto the end of a sentence to emphasize whatever the speaker is saying.
♡ Ouais, enfin…
- “Yeah, well…” For example: Ouais, enfin…faut vivre avec! (Yeah, well…gotta live with it!)
♡ Allez !
- “Oh C’mon!” This interjection is the best way to communicate impatience with someone. It also means “Let’s go!” (Note that it is common to hear this word in the bleachers of a sports event: C’mon! Let’s go! Allez, allez !)
♡ C’est naze/c’est nul/c’est pourri !
- means “that sucks!” or “that’s stupid!” or “that’s terrible!” The general implication is that whatever is being discussed is either a total bore or totally ridiculous.
♡ J’ai le cafard…
- means “I’m feeling a little down” or “I’m feeling blue,” this is an informal way of expressing your sadness. It literally means, “I have the cockroach,” but to use the verb phrase avoir le cafard simply means to be depressed or to feel do
♡ Ça te changera les idées…
- “It’ll take your mind off things…” Use this French phrase when consoling a friend who’s down.
♡ Revenons à nos moutons !
- used after the conversation has strayed from the original topic, and literally means “let’s get back to our sheep!” It actually means “Let’s get back to the point!”
♡ Je n’en crois pas mes yeux !
- “I can’t believe my eyes!” This is a perfect informal French phrase to let loose when you’re pleasantly surprised or dumbfounded by something you are witnessing.
♡ Tu t’en sors ?
- used while observing a friend who appears to be having difficulty doing something. It’s the equivalent of asking “Doing okay there? You managing there?”
♡ J’en mettrais ma main au feu !
- “I’d bet my life on it!”, literally means “I’d put my hand in the fire!” It simply means that you are certain of something, and is usually used as a statement to try and convince others that you are right about something.
♡ Il ne faut pas mettre tout dans le même sac !
- “You can’t just group it all into the same category!” This is your go-to casual French expression for when one of your friends is generalizing, and it literally means, “you can’t put everything in the same bag!”
♡ Tu fais quoi ?
- The phrase “What’s up?” would be the best way to portray the laid-back style of this French phrase. It is highly informal, and not recommended that you use it with anyone other than family or close friends.