How to Text in French

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Learning French is one thing, but French on the internet — in chatrooms, forums, text messaging (SMS), and email can seem like a completely different language. Fortunately, help is at hand. Here are some common French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols to help you communicate via text, followed by some helpful tips and pointers.

FrenchMeaningEnglish
12C4un de ces quatreone of these days
2 ri 1de rienyou're welcome
6néCinéMovie theater
   
A+
@+
À plusL8R, later
CUL8R, see you later
A12C4À un de ces quatreSee you one of these days
a2m1
@2m1
À demainCU2moro, see you tomorrow
ALPÀ la prochaineTTFN, ta ta for now
AMHAÀ mon humble avisIMHO, in my humble opinion
AP
APLS
À plusTTFN, ta ta for now
ASVÂge, Sexe, VilleASL, age, sex, location
a ttà tout à l'heuresee you soon
aujAujourd'huiToday
   
b1surBien sûrOf course
BALBoîte aux lettresMailbox
BCPBeaucoupA lot
bi1toBientôtRSN, real soon
bizbisouskisses
bjrBonjourHello
bsrBonsoirGood evening
   
CC'estIt is
C1BlagC'est une blagueIt's a joke, Just kidding
CADC'est-à-direThat is, i.e.,
cb1C'est bienThat's good
C choC'est chaudIt's hot
C'estIt is
ChéChez
Je sais
At the home of
I know
Chu
Chui
Chuis
Je suisI am
C mal1C'est malinThat's clever, sneaky
C pa 5paC'est pas sympaThat's not nice
CPGC'est pas graveINBD, it's no big deal
CtC'était
C'est tout
It was
That's all
   
D100DescendsGet down
d'ac
dak
D'accordOK
DSLDésoléIMS, I'm sorry
DQPDès que possibleASAP, as soon as possible
   
EDRÉcroulé de rireLOL, laughing out loud
ENTK
EntouK
En tout casIAC, in any case
   
FAIFournisseur d'accès internetISP, internet service provider
FDSFin de semaineWE, Wknd, weekend
   
GJ'aiI have
G1id2kdoJ'ai une idée de cadeauI have a great idea
GHTJ'ai achetéI bought
GHT2V1J'ai acheté du vinI bought some wine
G la NJ'ai la haineH8, hate
GspR b1J'espère bienI hope so
GtJ'étaisI was
   
J'aiI have
Je cJe saisI know
Je le saVJe le savaisI knew it
JenémarJ'en ai marreI'm sick of it
Je t'MJe t'aimeILUVU, I love you
Je vé
J'vé
Je vaisI'm going
JMSJamaisNVR
JSGJe suis génialI'm (doing) great
JTMJe t'aimeI love you
   
K7cassettecassette tape
KDOCadeauGift
Kan
Kand
QuandWhen
KeQuethat, what
Qu'estWhat is
KelQuel, QuelleWhich
KelleQu'elleThat she
KeskeQu'est-ce queWhat
kestufou
Ksk t'fu
Qu'est-ce que tu fous ?What the hell are you doing?
KiQuiWho
KilQu'ilThat he
KoiQuoiWhat
Koi29Quoi de neuf ?What's new?
   
LckcElle s'est casséeShe left
L's tomBLaisse tomberForget it
LutSalutHi
   
MMerciThanks
MDRMort de rireROFL
mr6MerciThx, thanks
MSGMessageMsg, message
   
nowmaintenantATM, at the moment
NSPNe sais pasDunno
   
oAuIn the, at the
Ok1AucunNone, not one
OQPOccupéBusy
OuéOuaisYeah
   
p2kPas de quoiURW, you're welcome
parskeParce queCOZ, because
p-ê
pitit
Peut-êtreMaybe
PKParce queBecause
PkoiPourquoiY, why
Po
PasNot
PTDRPété de rireROFLMAO, rolling on the floor laughing
   
q-c q
queske
Qu'est-ce queWhat
QDNQuoi de neuf ?What's new?
qqQuelquesSome
qqnQuelqu'unSomeone
   
rafRien à faireNothing to do
rasRien à signalerNothing to report
rdvRendez-vousDate, appointment
RE(Je suis de) retour, RebonjourI'm back, Hi again
ri1Rien0, nothing
   
savapaÇa va pas ?Is something wrong?
SLTSalutHi
SNIFJ'ai de la peineI'm sad
ss(je) suisI am
STP/SVPS'il te/vous plaîtPLS, please
   
TT'esYou are
tabitouT'habites où ?Where do you live?
tata KST'as ta casse ?You have your car?
tdstout de suiteright away
ti2T'es hideuxYou're hideous.
tjsToujoursAlways
tkcT'es casséYou're tired.
TLMTout le mondeEveryone
T nrv ?T'es énervé ?Are you irritated?
TOKT'es OK ?RUOK? Are you OK?
TOQPT'es occupé ?RUBZ? Are you busy?
tpstempstime, weather
Tt
tt
T'étais
tout
You were
all, every
   
V1ViensCome
vaziVas-yGo
VrManVraimentReally
   
Xcrois, croitbelieve
XLntExcellentXLNT, excellent
   

y a
ya

Il y aThere is, there are

French Texting Rules

The basic rule of texting is to express yourself with the fewest number of characters possible. This is done in three ways:

  • Using abbreviations, like TLM for Tout Le Monde
  • Using letters that are pronounced like the desired sounds, like OQP for occupé (O - CCU - PÉ)
  • Dropping silent letters, especially at the end of a word, like parl for parle

Patterns

  • 1 replaces UN, EN, or IN
  • 2 replaces DE
  • C replaces C'EST, S'EST, SAIS, etc.
  • É replaces AI, AIS, and other spellings of similar sounds
  • K can replace QU (e.g., koi) or CA (kdo)
  • O replaces AU, EAU, AUX, etc.
  • T replaces T'ES and other spellings of the same sound

Tip

  • If all else fails, try reading the symbol out loud.