French Vocabulary for Twitter & Dialogue

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

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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1 – French Vocabulary For Twitter

  1. La twittosphère – Twitter’s world
  2. Un tweet – a tweet
  3. Tweeter – to tweet (regular ER verb)
  4. Retweeter – retweet (regular ER verb)
  5. Les tweetos (m) – twitter fans
  6. La page profil – home page
  7. S’abonner – to follow
  8. Un abonné, une abonnée – a follower
  9. La page d’accueil – home page
  10. La timeline – the timeline
  11. Un lien raccourci – short url
  12. Un hashtag – hashtag #
  13. Les tweets tendance – trending tweets
  14. Une liste – a list
  15. La baleine échouée – fail whale
  16. Un petit oiseau bleu – small blue bird
  17. Un logo – a logo
  18. BTW, a French bird says “cui-cui” :-)
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2 – A typical French Conversation About Twitter – Learn French In Context

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

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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!


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.

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!

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 25+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Come to Paimpol and enjoy an exclusive French immersion homestay with me in Brittany.

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