Our English speaking friends often want to know what to say in French to convey an exclamation such as Gordon Bennet or flipping hell! Many of them think that a good phrase to use is Zut alors but it isn’t – no one really uses that expression any more.
If you’re interested in learning some proper French exclamations here are some you might find useful and fun!
Oh la la – this is useful for anything really – if you really like something, if you really don’t like something, if you are surprised or if you’re unhappy – the emphasis is on the tone you use rather than the expression! In fact we’ve heard French people use as many as 4 la’s after the Oh – depending on the situation.
Tell me – Dis-moi!
What a good idea – Quelle bonne idée!
Talk to me – Parlez-moi!
What a disaster – Quel désastre!
Go away – Vas-y!
Get up – Lève-toi!
It’s delicious – Que c’est délicieux!
Please wait for me - Ayez la bonté de m’attendre
Talk about it – Parles-en
Let’s go – Allons-y!
Let’s eat now - Mangeons maintenant
Please excuse me - Veuillez m’excuser
He is so handsome – Comme il est beau!
She sure is cute – Qu’est-ce qu’elle est mignonne!
But I swear it’s true – Mais je te jure que c’est vrai!