French Vocabulary for Twitter – Vocabulaire Français pour Twitter

Twitter’s interface is still in English – so of course, the French are very likely to use English words to talk about their actions on Twitter. But here is a vocabulary list – it’s interesting mostly to see the articles and therefore the gender of the new word, like “un tweet”.
The pronunciation is English with a French accent!

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French Vocabulary For Twitter

  • La twittosphère – Twitter’s world
  • Un tweet – a tweet
  • Tweeter – to tweet (regular ER verb)
  • Retweeter – retweet (regular ER verb)
  • Les tweetos (m) – twitter fans
  • La page profil – home page
  • S’abonner – to follow
  • Un abonné, une abonnée – a follower
  • La page d’accueil – home page
  • La timeline – the timeline
  • Un lien raccourci – short url
  • Un hashtag – hashtag #
  • Les tweets tendance – trending tweets
  • Une liste – a list
  • La baleine échouée – fail whale
  • Un petit oiseau bleu – small blue bird
  • Un logo – a logo
  • BTW, a French bird says “cui-cui” :-)

If you can think of other common French Twitter words, please leave them on the comments or send them to me at Camille@www.frenchtoday.com and I’ll add them to the list.

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A typical French Conversation About Twitter – Learn French In Context

Now, let’s study a dialogue using all this French Twitter Vocabulary in context.

Pierre et Paul sont dans un café à Paris. Le téléphone de Pierre fait un son, et Pierre rigole…

Pierre and Paul are in a coffee in Paris. Pierre’s phone makes a sound, and Pierre laughs…

– Excuse-moi, je viens de recevoir un Tweet trop marrant, regarde : “le texto fête ses vingt ans. La mort de l’orthographe aussi.”

– Sorry, I just got a really funny Tweet, look: “texting is celebrating his 20th birthday. So does the death of spelling.”

– C’est bien vrai ça. Tu aimes bien Twitter ?

– That’s so true. You like Twitter?

– Ouais, ça me fait marrer.

– Yep, it cracks me up.

– Moi je n’aime pas trop. Je suis sur Facebook, mais je n’aime pas l’idée d’être interrompu par un Tweet.

– I don’t like it much. I’m on Facebook, but I don’t like the idea of being interrupted by a Tweet.

– Moi je suis un vrai Tweetos, je suis les Tweets tendance et je retweet souvent. Comme la plupart des Tweets sont en anglais, ça me fait travailler un peu, et j’apprends plein de mots !

– I’m a real Twitter fan, I follow the trending tweets and often retweet. Since most Tweets are in English, it makes me work (study) a bit, and I learn a lot of words!

– C’est une bonne idée ça… Tweeter pour pratiquer son anglais. Je n’y avais pas pensé !

– What a good idea… Tweeting to practice your English. I didn’t think of that!

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If you liked this article (please, do “like” this article if you can :-) you will also enjoy Olivier’s article about French Computer Terms, and my articles about Facebook French Vocabulary and Pinterest in French.

For more info about French social networks – what’s hot or going down in 2014, read this article (in French).

And of course, you should try my own social network pages – I’m very active on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and post one mini lesson daily, tips and more. See you there!