Whenever your heart desires. There are three types of commonly practiced slang in French: louchébem, argot and verlan aka verlan à l’envers. You’ll hear it on the metro (duh), at parties or with friends who are familiar speaking to each other like this. The reason for this exception is due to the major element of sound. Le verlan (pronounced ver-lan) is a form of French argot (slang). – Toubib > médecin (oui ça vient de l’arabe! Mère (mother) in verlan is reum. A list of argot words can be found all over the internet! Every language has its slang vocabulary, but argot is unique in that the majority of common formal verbs and nouns have a corresponding word for use among friends. Required fields are marked *. teubé = bête, Ouf sounds more like fou backwards [foo – oof] than (uof) would. For the most part, this list here of verlan vocabulary words are a just few of the prominently used. zyva = vas-y, You’ll hear cimer fluidly used by numerous young français. Others try to even verlaniser a word that’s already been verlanisé (this is known as veul), which is the double verlan of the word verlan, making it even more cryptic—but let’s not carried away. Attention à ne pas mélanger les registres de langue quand vous parlez! Verlan is created by the inversion of syllables within a word. Let’s not forget that French is a language that’s all about sound! http://egblanguages.blogspot.co.uk/p/verlan, http://www.wuj.pl/UserFiles/File/Romanica%20Cracoviensia%202009/14-RC-9-Piechnik2.pdf, 10 French Filmmakers You Should Know More About, 6 Fantastic French Animated Movies You Should Watch, Things Americans Won't Understand in France. “J’écoute la dio-ra ils jouent la banane sur banane” – Booba I’d consider it the most used verlan word of all. fou – ouf. Fêtons 2018 -les Asl ont un incroyable talent. There are four distinct steps to creating a word in verlan: But bear with me please! chammé = méchant Confusing, I know, so let’s not worry about this type of slang. You know, that secret code language where you move the first consonant to the end of the word and add “ay”? (Did you come here by metro?). FrenchCrazy.com features articles on how to learn French. What makes it a little confusing is that suffixes such as –ème, –ji, –oc and –muche are added at the end of the word. That goes for any language in general. These next three verlan words on the list are going to apply the same rule as the one found in femme. ( Déconnexion /  We also talk extensively about how to live in France and about French culture. Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux commentaires. Too long ago, maybe. This article is great if you want to learn the basics of verlan and to understand what verlan is. Cé–fran, as you can see, is the reversal of the syllables in français. I have did a relatively detailed study of the use of verlan and it’s development, and have recently updated it and published it to http://egblanguages.blogspot.co.uk/p/verlan so please take a look at my (updated) work. Le verlan (pronounced ver-lan) is a form of French argot (slang).Verlan first became used in the poor communities around Paris following the 2nd World War. Ouf = fou (Un truc de ouf !) This comment has been removed by the author. Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux articles. (That’s crazy or it’s crazy). Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you Like the previous two words on the list, the same rules apply. Il existe plusieurs niveaux de langue en français : souvent, quand on a appris le français à l’école et qu’on arrive en France on ne comprend plus rien à ce que les gens disent dans la rue ! Use FluentU’s learn mode to actively practice all the vocabulary in any video with vocabulary lists, flashcards, quizzes and fun activities like “fill in the blank.”. FluentU brings authentic French videos within reach of any learner. Directly looking at it, you may be confused as to how femme becomes meuf, but here’s how the verlanisé of it looks: I know that even after this step-by-step explanation you still might not understand why femme becomes meuf, but as I mentioned before, sound is a number one rule! Here’s an example of how boucher becomes louchébem. Fêtons 2018 -les Asl ont un incroyable talent! Yes, key word: faster! There are three types of commonly practiced slang in French: louchébem, argot and verlan aka verlan à l’envers. 28 décembre 2016 28 décembre 2016. It all began when French people chose to speak in code in an effort to hide information from social control and police forces. Another example is feuk which derives from the verlan word keuf which means flic (original slang word for police). It’s crazy! • The addition or suppression of the final vowel The addition or suppression of the final vowel, The deletion or elision of several syllables of long words before or after the inversion. Here’s how it looks: f–0u becomes ou–f. Trust me, they all are. How? • The deletion or elision of several syllables of long words before or after the inversion, For example, the standard word fond would be translated to donf. Pour mieux comprendre, une vidéo sur le français familier : C’est l’ensemble des mots particuliers qu’adopte un groupe social vivant replié sur lui-même et qui veut se distinguer et/ou se protéger du reste de la société (certains corps de métiers, grandes écoles, prisons, monde de la pègre, etc.). 1. Like to ouf, moi or oim is broken up the same way, via rule exception. Those who should care are the people who get real-world experiences with French people in France, more specifically the young ados of France. (will be a piece of cake). Like cimer, ouf is also really, really common. Le français familier : le verlan et l’argot. Since then, it’s popularity rose due to its presence in the music and film culture. garo = cigarette, Slang is when speakers feel at ease, comfortable and colloquial. 2. ouf = fou, Being an oral language, the spelling of verlan depends upon the pronunciation, not the direct inversion of letters. If you never heard of this one before, fou is the regular word in French for “crazy.”. Always remember that this is a language game, and that rules can be a little topsy turvy. They might not even know what it means, especially if they’re part of the older generation. Please check your email for further instructions. But don’t worry, after the first learning hill, it’s a trip! Learning French becomes fun and easy when you learn with movie trailers, music videos, news and inspiring talks. © John Elkhoury, 2011 – 2020. Yes I know, doesn’t nicely flow as much in English! Attention, il y a des “keufs” dans la banlieue.. The extra “R” at the end of re-fre takes away from the original sound of frère, that is why it becomes reuf. Just a fun fact! To return to our French Language Learning section, click HERE. It’s worth learning how natives actually express themselves, after all! All Rights Reserved. relou = lourd You probably have heard of “le Verlan” which consists of inverting syllables in a word (the word “Verlan” itself is an inversion of the word “l’envers” (‘reverse’). Learn how your comment data is processed. We also participate in other affiliate advertising programs for products and services we believe in. Entrez vos coordonnées ci-dessous ou cliquez sur une icône pour vous connecter: Vous commentez à l’aide de votre compte WordPress.com. Verlan also comes from foreign words and then are verlanized. Now that I’ve let you in on a little secret, chime in and try to detect verlan among young, cool, hip French speakers. M–oi becomes oi–m. download the FluentU app from the iTunes store, 11 French Phrases You’ve Gotta Learn to Impress Natives, 10 Awesome French Podcasts For French Learners, 9 Great Channels to Learn French on YouTube, 10 Tasty Tips for Teaching Yourself French, 7 Awesome Songs to Help You Learn French Through Music, 15 French Idioms You Should Know But Don’t, 15 French Slang Words Every French Learner Should Know. Blog avec vidéos et exercices ici. This one might look tricky because it’s a short word with two vowels next to each other. Thanks for subscribing! That’s another common change you’ll see with these next three words on the verlan list. Again, the “M” or letter without a vowel stands alone in the break-up reversal. I know I’ve said this a million times, but this is the last, I promise: The same aforementioned rule applies! You’ll also be surprised to know that verlan has even made it into French dictionaries for its popular use! Frère, which is the word for “brother” in French, as you see, gets verlanisé into reuf. It’s just something that you’re “supposed” to know or memorize! All Rights Reserved. Changer ), Vous commentez à l’aide de votre compte Twitter. Teuf, which is the envers of fête (party) is regularly used by the younger, hip generation. gen-ar = argent, Similiar to céfran, tromé is on the beginner’s side. ), Émission de radio sur les ateliers de français de la MDH Centre-Ville. Well, you can! Okay I said it, there. So I saved the best for last, because this French word might describe to how you feel right now, a little vénère aka énervé? Learn more about FrenchCrazy on our about page. To continue expanding your knowledge of informal and spoken forms of French, you may want to consider getting the e-book from IE Languages on the subject. FrenchCrazy Media LLC. As you continue advancing in your French studies, FluentU keeps track of all the grammar and vocabulary that you’ve been learning. So when to use teuf? It’s a two syllable word, tro–mé, which is the verlan of mé–tro. They are just completely different words that substitute the same words you’ve already been learning, such as the word bagnole, which is argot for voiture (car). keuf = flic, So, the word beur which is a verlan word understood by many French people is now sometimes indicated by the word rebeu to once again re-encrypt the word. Merci. vegra = grave Your comment is spot on, French does use a bunch for abbreviations and the link you provided was useful. The title of the song is called “Classique.”. Well, if your extent of French language usage is simply a classroom setting or ordering food at a French restaurant, then you shouldn’t care about verlan. T’es génial, cimer ! renoi = noir, Here’s the word frère (along with some others we’ve learned) used in action by a famous French rapper, Rohff. ( Déconnexion /  Et vous, c’est pareil dans votre(vos) langue(s)? Verlan, which is actually the French word à l’envers backwards or “reversed” (that’s what it translates to), is a form of Pig Latin that French speakers use in everyday talk; way, way more than an English speaker would ever use Pig Latin in their entire life. Some house parents are on the younger side though. Truc translates to “thing” in French, and it stands for literally any, old thing. It’s considered a language game that involves breaking up original French words at their syllables and consonants and reversing them. the list goes on…. John, having spent some more time looking around this site, there is so much great stuff here, so thank you! Normally, there are only certain words within a sentence that are verlanisés. Nowadays French youth and various genres of music utilize verlan, enhancing musical style and depicting certain cultural/social backgrounds. meuf = femme, If you’re having trouble figuring out which words to “hide” during normal French speech, think about the word within the sentence that you want to be kept secret, that’s usually your best bet. The envers (reverse) of femme, which I hope you know translates to “woman” is meuf. C’était un truc de ouf ! By breaking up the word français at its syllables, fran-çais, you get cé–fran, céfran. As children we learn to speak in codes like Pig Latin because we want to tell secrets out loud. The book comes with plenty of audio, so you can learn to recognize slang and informal speech when you hear it in conversation. Like this: French → renchfay, today → odaytay, cup → upcay. Cliquez pour partager sur Facebook(ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre), Cliquez pour partager sur Pinterest(ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre), Cliquez pour partager sur WhatsApp(ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre), Le français familier : le verlan et l’argot, Les sentiments : la colère, la tristesse, la peur, la joie…, La France et les français : jeux, vidéos et exercices tout niveau, Vidéo Les légumes (groupe de grands débutants oral ayant bien progressé! • The inversion of syllables (the only step found in every verlanized word) Tu veux venir à la teuf ce soir ? Tromé is used almost all the time. Not only that, but it’s much easier and faster to learn than argot. This article will discuss how verlan is created and provide examples to it’s modern day usage. Other famous French rappers who tend to use verlan in their lyrics are Booba, La Fouine and Sniper. However I checked your site out and it’s completely relevant to this article, so I appreciate your comment. Argot, verlan et tchatche Si de nos jours l’argot fait partie intégrante du langage familier voire courant des Français, permettant de s’exprimer à travers un lexique à la fois coloré et détourné, et proposant des connotations différentes de celles du registre dit Incorporating the “U” into these words and dropping the last “E’s” give the word a better sound in its envers (reversed) version. Il existe plusieurs niveaux de langue en français : souvent, quand on a appris le français à l’école et qu’on arrive en France on ne comprend plus rien à ce que les gens disent dans la rue ! Verlan à l’envers, last but not least, can be your life saver! ), beur = arabe,  Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates. When you click on outbound links and purchase or sign up for services, we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Let’s just say that if you’re living in France at a homestay with foreign French parents, calling your house mom reum probably won’t slide. While all French words can technically be verlanisé, some are more commonly used than others. The main overall point is that you’re learning French to understand French people. So why should you care if verlan exists? Knowing your syllables, consonants, keeping an attentive ear to sound and knowing your basic French vocabulary, of course. Of course it’s cool to understand the way natives secretly express themselves. Vénère is the verlan of énervé, which is French for “angry” or “mad.” If you don’t feel either of these, would you say a tad bit frustrated? Vous êtes fou! We all do it, even in our own English language, so wouldn’t you love to learn how, in French? (Some of the examples were provided by the RedditFrench Community! I did too, the first time I heard of such a thing as verlan! Verlan first became used in the poor communities around Paris following the 2nd World War. I’m sure you’ve conceived that the breaking up of syllables involves splitting a word up at its vowels, but in the case of three-letter verlan words, there’s an exception. Mer–ci becomes ci–mer. The information exchanged usually related to illegal instances, but now the style of speaking in verlan has stuck and found its way into the younger French generation—and even music, like French hip hop and rap. If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn French with real-world videos. So if you’re already a master of original French vocabulary and grammar, then verlan sera du gâteau ! Keuf is verlan for “cop” or “police,” the envers of flic (which is argot for police). When you try to say femme backwards by using the literal reversal (mmefe), it does not go whatsoever! Verlan should not be confused with arabic words which are also present in French music (kiffer, halla, ahki, etc). We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe, Sign up for our weekly blog newsletter for a chance to win a free FluentU Plus subscription (value $240), Get regular language learning tips, resources and updates, starting with the "Complete Guide to Foreign Language Immersion" e-book. Changer ), Vous commentez à l’aide de votre compte Facebook. Cannot find the article. If you’re not a boucher (butcher) in France, you probably won’t be using this verbatim anytime soon! With the work you’ve been putting into simply learning original French language and grammar, to even think of picking up any form of French slang or argot can seem millions of light years away. (Download). À part ces mots en verlan, vous apprendrez aussi des mots familiers, voire des gros mots :-) Et si vous voulez connaître plus de gros mots en français, c’est dans cet article! You’ll be surprised at how much you actually hear! Interactive captions will guide you along the way, so you’ll never miss a word. keum = mec (homme), This is how it works: The first consonant of a French word is moved to the end and replaced with the letter “L,” making it easier than regular argot. (You wanna come to the party tonight?). Well, the French are throwing French language learners a curveball and it’s up to you to decipher verlan or remain confused about a certain sub-population of it’s users. Merci is also only made up of two syllables, and because no accent is needed, it could perhaps be the utmost effortless word of verlan. Your email address will not be published. can take anywhere.