French Vocabulary For Social Networks – Facebook

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The French love the Internet, and more and more of us are always connected through our smartphone. So What is the French Vocabulary for Facebook?

Facebook is one of the social media to actually have an interface in French.

Even though it does, lots of people still use the English words – it’s trendy in French to drop an English word here and there! Yet, the vocabulary does exist, and is used.

1 – French Facebook Vocabulary

  • Un ami – a friend
  • Un bouton – a button
  • Un lien – a link
  • Une demande d’amitié – a friend request
  • Valider la demande d’amitié – To accept the friend request
  • Ajouter à mes amis – add friend
  • Taguer – to tag
  • Une notification – an alert
  • Un “J’aime” – A l like
  • Aimer – to like
  • Liker – to like – Very very used. Pronounce the “i” as in “eye”. We conjugate it as an “er” verb, tu likes, and it is also used in the past “j’ai liké”…
  • Un like – a like, as in “tu as combien de likes sur cette photo” ? (How many likes did you get on this picture?)
  • Partager – to share
  • Un partage – a share
  • Mettre un commentaire, un article, une photo – to post (a comment, an article, a photo)
  • Un commentaire, un post – a post
  • Un groupe – a group
  • Une page fan – a fan page
  • Un poke – a poke
  • Une publicité google – Google Adwords
  • Le mur/ le journal – the wall
  • Un évenement – an event
  • Un paramètre de confidentialité – a privacy setting
  • Un profil – a profile
  • Publier une photo – to publish a picture
  • “Fesses de bouc” – The French often call “Facebook” jokingly “Fesses de bouc” which means “goat’s butt”… just because it sounds like it in French!

facebook in French

2 – What Is “Copains D’Avant” ?

It’s the French Facebook before Facebook… “Copains d’Avant“, was created in 2001 to connect with your former classmates and coworkers.

3 – Facebook – Learn French In Context Story

Here is a typical conversation about Facebook in French, with English translation.

– Salut Nathalie. Tu es sur “Fesses de bouc” ha ha ha?
Hi Nathalie. Are you on “goat’s butt (see explanation before) ha ha ha…?

– Oui, toi aussi ? Attends, je t’envoie une demande d’amitié.
Yes I am, you too? Wait, I’m sending you a friend request.

– Tu as combien d’amis ?
How many friends do you have?

– 254. Je mets souvent des photos de mon petit chaton. il est trop mignon.
254. I often post pictures of my little kitten. He’s too cute.

– Ça y est, j’ai accepté ta demande d’amitié. Je suis sur ta page. Oh, elle est trop belle ta photo de profile !!! Trop chou ton p’tit chaton…. Oh j’adore cette photo, je la like tout de suite, et je la partage aussi.
Done, I’ve accepted your friend request. And I’m on your page. Wow, your profile’s picture is too beautiful!! Your kitten is adorable… Oh, I love this picture. I’m liking it right away and sharing it as well.

– Oui, j’ai eu déjà 80 “j’aime” sur cette photo. Et plein de partages. Ca m’amuse quand je la vois sur le mur d’une amie. Il faut dire que cette photo, je la kiffe trop, elle est vraiment super cute.
Yep, I already got 80 likes on this picture. And many shares. It makes me smile when I see it on a girlfriend’s wall. It’s true that this picture, I really dig it, it’s really super cute.

I hope this will be useful to you. If you can think of other common French Facebook 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.

You will also enjoy Olivier’s article about French Computer Terms and my articles about the French Vocabulary used on Pinterest and on Twitter, as well as common French Text Abbreviations.

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!