Be an Argot-naut!

french slangFrench instructor Sabrina Haouzi and I came up with a list of the most commonly heard argot in Paris. Learn the following, and you’re well on your way to breaking free from the constraints of your classroom French.

Chiant – as in “c’est chiant”, meaning “that’s sh*tty”
Un mec – a guy
Une nana – a girl/woman
Un flic – a cop
Le fric – money
Un type – a guy
Bourré(e) – drunk
La gueule – technically an animal’s mouth, but in slang it means “face”
Gueler – to shout
Bobo – short for bourgeois bohème, the closest term in English would probably be “yuppy” but it’s a bit more complicated than that. This gets you closer: http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2000/may/28/focus.news1.
Kiffer – to like someone or something (ex. “Je kiffe trop ton pull !” = “I really like your sweater!”)
Un bolos (sometimes written as “boloss”)– someone who is very gullible, naïve
Un beauf – an unintelligent and old-fashioned man, lacking manners, narrow-minded
Un mytho – a liar
La bouffe – food
Bouffer – to eat

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