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In this video, I present you the expressions / abbreviations in French that we use every day. Whether it's to write SMS or messages on Whatsapp or social networks, French people use a lot these expressions

List of 25 abbreviations to know in French

0:00 - Introduction
1:40 - MDR, laughing out loud
2:25 - TKT, don't worry
2:51 - Please, please, please
3:28 - JPP, I can't take it anymore
3:55 - ASKIP, by the looks of it
4:22 - CHUIS, I am
2:25 - TKT, Don't worry
2:51 - Please, please, please
3:28 - JPP, I can't take it anymore
3:55 - ASKIP, by the looks of it
4:44 - ISPM, anything
5:15 - OKLM, quiet
5:38 - TMTC, you know yourself
6:09 - BJR, BSR, SLT, CC, hello, good evening, hi, cuckoo
6:42 - DSL, sorry
7:00 - JTM, I love you
7:15 - PCO, much
7:34 - BG, handsome or beautiful
7:57 - TOF, photo
8:12 - KDO, gift
8:37 - MTN, now
8:58 - TJR, always
8:18 - PK, PQ, why
9:39 - PB, problem
10:08 - a+, see you later
10:27 - Like or subscribe 🙂


Hello to all of you. I hope you are well and that your learning of French is going well. So today, we are going to talk together about the SMS language in French.

In all languages, in all countries, SMS is used. When we send messages or when we go on the Internet in writing. The French are no exception to the rule. These are codes and expressions in French that can be very complicated to understand for someone learning French. For example, there are words that are written phonetically, i.e. as they are heard. So we write them the same way we hear them by ear.

This means that the words will have spelling mistakes. So, it's already complicated enough to learn French by writing it well, but now you'll have to understand it with mistakes. There are other words that are simply going to be abbreviated, so we are going to use abbreviations. And then, this is another level above, there will be words that combine both phonetics, so that they are written as we hear them, but that are also abbreviated, shortened.

So this will be even more complicated to understand. So today, we're going to see together the 25 most common SMS expressions, the most often used in French. So, the first expression we are going to see is MDR. MDR is the abbreviation of "mort de rire". So, it's the English equivalent of lol. Or also haha or the Spanish jaja. Basically, you want to show that you're laughing. When someone sends you a funny message or tells you something that makes you laugh, you can show the person that you are laughing by sending them "lol".

So, for example, if someone sends you a text message saying "I made a recipe and I mixed up the salt and sugar, it was really bad", you can reply "duh" to say that you're laughing, that you're making fun of this person.

The second expression is "tkt". So tkt means worry, so don't worry, there's no worry. So, for example, if someone sends you a message "Will you come and water my plants while I'm on vacation?",

you can answer "tkt, I'll take care of it" to say don't worry, don't worry, I'll take care of it.

So the next expression is "please" and "svp". Please is the polite version and please is the polite version. So it simply means "please" or "please". For example, if you're waiting for someone, you might say "Please let me know ten minutes before you arrive" or if you're trying to arrange something with someone, for example, in a more business setting, you might say "Please send me the date that works for you" to say "please".

So the next SMS expression is "jpp". So jpp is the abbreviation of "j'en peux plus". So, when you say "jpp, I can't take it anymore", it means that you're fed up, that you're at the end of your tether. So, for example, you could send a message to someone to say that you are going to be late by saying "The bus didn't come, jpp, I'm going to be late", to say that you are drunk, that you are fed up.

So the next abbreviation is askip. askip, a s k i p, is an abbreviation for "so it seems" so "so it seems" means apparently, I heard. So for example you could send a text message: "askip we don't have class this afternoon" to say apparently our teacher is absent.

So the next word is "chuis" written, c h u i s. So, in fact, it's a very, very bad way, with a very, very bad spelling of "I am".

For example, you could send a message to someone: "I'm here" to say that you are downstairs in their building.

The next abbreviation is "nimp" n i m p. It's an abbreviation for "anything", so it's anything. So, we use it to say it doesn't make sense, it's not coherent. So, for example, if a friend sends you a message to say "I abused, I ate four croissants this morning", you could answer "it's nimp mdr".

To say at the same time, it's nonsense and at the same time, it makes you laugh a lot, she exaggerates.

The next expression is "oklm". So it's simply "calm". So we use this expression to say that you were relaxed. So, for example, you could send a message to say "I've been reading books all afternoon oklm" to say that you were relaxing.

The next abbreviation is tmtc. So tmtc stands for "you know yourself".

You want to tell someone that you understand each other. You don't need to say anything more, that you know what we are talking about. So, for example, if you missed your hair coloring, you can send to a friend who also misses them often, you could say "my hair doesn't look like anything, tmtc" to say that she also knows what we're talking about, she knows this kind of situation.

So now we'll see four for the price of one.

So this is different shortcuts to greet someone by message. So hello, we'll put bjr. Good evening, we'll put bsr. Hello, we'll just put cc. And finally, hi, we'll put slt. For example, you can send a message "slt, are you okay?" to say "hi, how are you?"

The next one is "dsl". So actually it's "sorry" where you only use consonants.

For example, you can send a text message to someone saying "sorry, I'll be late" to say that you won't be on time for an appointment and that you apologize.

The next phrase is jtm. Jtm is short for "I love you". It's not the shortest, classiest abbreviation to use in SMS, so if you can spell it out, it's better. The next abbreviation is bcp, so it's short for "a lot". So, it's a simple shortcut, so in a sentence, you can say "there's a lot of people at the post office, I'll be late" by putting "bcp" to write faster.

So the next abbreviation is "bg". BG is not only used by SMS, it is also used orally. It's the abbreviation of "handsome", so it means that someone is handsome, he's a pretty boy. So, for example, you could say "I met a guy yesterday, he's really bg" to say that you met a boy who is very handsome.

The next word is the word "tof". So a tof is simply a picture. So, for example, you can send a friend "send me some tofs of your new dog" to say that you would like to see pictures of her dog.

So the next shortcut is "kdo". So "kdo" is simply gift. A gift, something that we receive, that we are offered. So, for example, you could receive as a text message "Happy birthday, did you get any nice kdo?" so it's someone asking you if you got any nice gifts that you were, if you were spoiled for your birthday.

The next shortcut is "mtn", so that's also a pretty effective shortcut, it's just to say "now". So you put "mtn" in your sentence instead of putting "now" which is a pretty long word. For example, you could text "we'll see you mtn" to say we'll see you now.

The next word is "tjr" to say "always".

So, you just put it in your sentence and actually, again, it's a long word that you shorten to save time. So for example, you can write "there are always people in this pizza place" all the time.

The next abbreviation, you have two choices "pk" or "pq", it's the abbreviation of "why?". It's an interrogative word to ask a question, for example, you can write to someone "pk you don't answer?" and to make it shorter you put "pq" or "pk". Then the next shortcut is "pb".

"Pb" This is the shortened way for "problem." So, to say in general, "no problem", so no worries, don't bother. So, for example, if someone says to you "will you be able to help me with my French paper" you can answer "no problem" to say "no problem, I will help you, don't bother". Finally, the last word we will see today, the last expression, is "a+" which is written "a" and the "+" of an addition.

So it means "see you later", "see you soon". We use the A and + to say goodbye to someone. Now it's my turn to say "a+", I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, feel free to like it and subscribe to the channel. You can also go to to discover other expressions. See you soon. A+ !

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