Entendre parler

Essential French Expression

Entendre parler
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Meaningto hear about, to hear talk (of)
Literallyto hear spoken
Registernormal
PronunciationFrench sound files [a(n) ta(n) dreu par lay]
IPA  [ã tã drə paʀ le]

Usage notes: The French expression entendre parler is used to report something you heard about. It’s followed by the preposition de plus a noun

Par exemple…

Tu as entendu parler d’un IPO ? You heard talk of an IPO? You heard that there might be an IPO?
On n’entend plus parler d’Henriette. We never hear about Henriette any more.

Or it can be used with the adverbial pronoun en replacing a noun or clause.

J’en ai vaguement entendu parler. I heard a little something about that, I vaguely remember hearing about that.
Nous ne voulons pas en entendre parler ! We won’t hear of it! Not a chance!

Somewhat synonymous: entendre dire

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1 Response

  1. alix 20 June 2014 / 14:28

    Excellent ! I always enjoy your lessons and learn alot. Really good job, merci Laura !