Nowadays, it is so common to use Abbreviations in French, particularly when writing French in an informal situations : emails, notes and now of course texting – sending a text message via your phone.
Texting in French has actually become a language of its own. It can be overwhelming when you don’t know it, yet fun and useful when you’re typing fast. I’ll show you examples below.
Let’s start with common French abbreviations : these were around way before texting. They are commonly used when giving a definition, as in a French dictionary.
Top French Abbreviations
- Adv. = adverbe = adverb
- Adj. = adjectif = adjective
- ADM. = administration
- Apr. = après = after
- Auj. = aujourd’hui = today
- Av. = avant = before
- Bât. = bâtiment = building
- Bcp = beaucoup = very much
- Bjr = bonjour = hi
- Bsr = bonsoir = have a good night, hi (in the evening)
- Cad = c’est à dire = it means
- Cdlt = cordialement = yours truly (at the end of a French letter)
- Déf. = définition = definition
- Dr = docteur = doctor
- Ex. = exemple = example
- Ex. = exercice = exercise
- Expr. = expression = expression
- Fam. = familier = familiar
- F. = féminin = feminine
- Géo. = géographie = geography
- Hist. = history = histoire
- Inf. = infinitif = infinitive
- Irr. = irrégulier = irregular
- J.C. = Jésus Christ = Jesus Christ
- Math. = Mathématiques = Maths
- N. = nom = name
- N.f. = nom féminin = feminine name
- N.m. = nom masculin = masculine name
- P.C. = passé composé = perfect tense
- P.P. = participe passé = past participle
- Pl. = pluriel = plural
- Prép. = préposition = preposition
- Psy = psychologue = psychologist
- QQ = quelque = some
- QQ’un = quelqu’un = someone
- QQ ch = quelque chose = something
- S. = siècle = century
- Sing. = singulier = singular
- Subj. = subjonctif = subjunctive
- V. = verbe = verb
- Vulg. = vulgaire = vulgar
French Texting contractions
What is texting 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).
Since this texting language is so popular, it’s now being part of the everyday French scene: you’ll find text abbreviations featured in ads, but this written language also sometimes affects spoken French.
For example, someone may say “Jé té Aim” to say I love you in French : pronouncing all the letters of the text message JTM… It has become a trend.
For foreigners, understanding this new language based on French pronunciation is a real challenge !
Here is a list of very common French texting abbreviations :
- A+ = à plus tard = talk/see you soon
- B1 = bien = good
- bcp = beaucoup = a lot
- bz = bise, bisou = kiss
- c = c’est = it’s
- ct = c’était = it was
- dmd = demande or demander = ask or to ask
- dsl = désolé(e0 = sorry
- é = et ou est = and or is
- frR = frère = brother
- g = j’ai = I have
- Jlé = je l’ai = I have it
- J’tdr = je t’adore = I adore you
- JTM = je t’aime = I love you (I’m in love with you)
- ki = qui = who
- keske = qu’est-ce que = what
- keskec = qu’est-ce que c’est = what is it
- koi = quoi = what
- kom = comme = as
- l = elle = she/it
- l8 = lui = him
- mdr = mort(e) de rire = LOL
- mm = même = even
- mnt = maintenant = now
- ms = mais = but
- msg = message
- mwa = moi =me
- nan = non = no
- osi = aussi = too
- pk = pourquoi? = why?
- qd= quand = when
- lkl = lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles = which one
- qq1 = quelqu’un = someone
- r1 = rien = nothing
- slt = salut
- sry = sorry (used in French by the youngs)
- t = tes ou tu es = your or you’re
- twa = toi = you
- v1 = viens = come
- vrmt = vraiment = truly
- vs = vous = you
- we = weekend
- xlt = excellent = great
- ya = il y a = there is, there are
French Numbers and signs are also used in texting in French to replace words
- 1 = un = a
- 2 = de = of, from, about
- 7 = cet or cette = this
- 9 = neuf = new
- 100 = sans = without
- – = moins = minus, less
- + = plus = add, more
Together, these end up forming a real language.
Here are some examples
- kekina = qu’est-ce qu’il y a? = what’s going on?
- kestufé = qu’est-ce que tu fais? = what are you doing?
- @2m1= à demain = see you tomorrow
- j’tapLDkej’pe = je t’appelle dès que je peux = I call you as soon as I can
- GT ché L = j’étais chez elle = I was at her place
- cpab1 = c’est pas bien = it’s not good.
- AT souè = à tes souhaits = bless you (when someone sneezes)
- ta éT voir koi o 6né = tu as été voir quoi au ciné ? = what did you see at the movies?
- tu vi1 7 aprem = tu viens cet après-midi? = are you coming this afternoon?
- LA fé 1 gato = elle a fait un gateau = she made a cake
As you can see, these French text messages use some interesting twists on French pronunciation…
If you are interested in traditional French phone vocabulary, I wrote a whole article about it.
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