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💬 Top 10 French “Texto” (SMS)

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Jun 17, 2020

Everyday, les “Jeunes” use texting in French. The SMS, which in French is called Texto, or SMS (pronounced like in English, or “Smeu Seu” for fun).

But what is it exactly? Texting consists of a series of abbreviations, which allow you to say more within the 160 characters the SMS format allows.

It’s a faster language, easier to type on the 10 keys of the cell phone (un portable).

Well, easier… faster said than… understood!!!

Here are the 10 top French SMS contractions:

  1. kekina = qu’est-ce qu’il y a? = what’s going on?
  2. kestufé = qu’est-ce que tu fais? = what are you doing?
  3. @2m1= à demain = see you tomorrow
  4. j’tapLDkej’pe = je t’appelle dès que je peux = I call you as soon as I can
  5. GT ché L = j’étais chez elle = I was at her place
  6. cpab1 = c’est pas bien = it’s not good.
  7. AT souè = à tes souhaits = bless you (when someone sneezes)
  8. ta éT voir koi o 6né =  tu as été voir quoi au ciné ? = what did you see at the movies?
  9. tu vi1 7 aprem = tu viens cet après-midi? = are you coming this afternoon?
  10. LA fé 1 gato = elle a fait un gateau = she made a cake

As you can see, these are quite different than traditional French greetings and politeness and use some interesting twists on French pronunciation

If you are interested in traditional French phone vocabulary, I wrote a whole article about it including a fun story to illustrate the vocabulary.

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