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French texting abbreviations
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There are many varieties of French ranging from formal to slang, but perhaps one of the most elusive is French texting: the bewildering assortment of informal abbreviations, acronyms, and even symbols used in email, text messaging (SMS), social media, chatrooms, forums, and protest signs.

By its very nature, this vocabulary – if that’s the right word for it – is constantly evolving and growing, so it’s impossible to make a complete list. Here are some classic French texting words and phrases to help you communicate via text, followed by some helpful tips and pointers. If you think of any essential text abbreviations that I missed, please let me know!  🙂

FrenchMeaningEnglish
12C4un de ces quatreone of these days
1posiblimpossibleimpossible
1trecinteresséinterested
2 ri 1de rienyou’re welcome
2vandevantin front of, facing
5pasympanice
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
AC2Nassez de haineno more hate
ALPÀ la prochaineTTFN, ta ta for now
AMAÀ mon avisIMO, in my opinion
AMHAÀ mon humble avisIMHO, in my humble opinion
AP
APLS
À plusTTFN, ta ta for now
askipà ce qu’il paraîtapparently
ASVÂge, Sexe, VilleASL, age, sex, location
a ttà tout
tout de suite, à tout à l’heure
)
see you soon
aujaujourd’huitoday
ayéça y estthat’s it, it worked, it’s done
   
b1biengood
b1surbien sûrof course
BALboîte aux lettresmailbox
BAPbon après-midihave a nice afternoon
bcpbeaucoupa lot
bi1tobientôtRSN, real soon
bizbiseskisses
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
cccoucouhi
C choC’est chaudIt’s hot
C’estIt is
ChéChez
Je sais
 
(assimilation)
At the home of
I know
Chu
Chui
Chuis
Je suis(assimilation)I am
C koiC’est quoi 
C mal1C’est malinThat’s clever, sneaky
com dabcomme d’habitudeas usual
C pa 5paC’est pas sympaThat’s not nice
CPG C’est pas graveINBD, it’s no big deal
ct
c tt
C’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
é twaet toi ?and you?
exQzéexcuser, excusezexcuse
   
FAIFournisseur d’accès internetISP, internet service provider
FDSFin de semaineWE, Wknd, weekend
fo(il) faut
faux
we have to
false, wrong
   
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
   
HTacheter, achetéto buy, bought
   
ididéeidea
irhieryesterday
   
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
jrjourday
jsgJe suis génialI’m (doing) great
jspje sais pasIDK, dunno
jtmJe t’aimeI love you
jvbJe vais bienI’m well
   
K29Quoi de neuf ?What’s new?
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
ki cqui c’est ?who is this?
KilQu’ilThat he
KoiQuoiWhat
Koi29Quoi de neuf ?What’s new?
   
lakllaquellewhich one
lekllequelwhich one
LckcElle s’est casséeShe left
L’s tomBLaisse tomberForget it
Lu
Lut
SalutHi
   
MMerciThanks
mdr
mdrrr
mort de rirerofl, lol
loool
maisbut
mr6mercithx, thanks
msgmessageMsg, message
   
nowmaintenantATM, at the moment
nnnonno
nptkn’importe quoiwhatever, nonsense
nrvénervéannoyed, nervous
nsnouswe, us
nspne sais pasIDK, dunno
   
oauin the, at the
Ok1AucunNone, not one
OKLMAu calmeCalm down
OQPOccupéBusy
OSEFOn s’en foutWe don’t give a damn, Who cares
OuéOuaisYeah
   
p2kpas de quoiURW, you’re welcome
parskeparce queCOZ, because
pbproblèmeproblem
pdrpété de rireROFL, rolling on the floor laughing
LMAO, laughing my ass off
p-ê
pitit
peut-êtremaybe
PKparce quebecause
PkoipourquoiY, why
Po
pasnot
pq*pourquoiwhy
ptdrPété de rireROFL, rolling on the floor laughing
LMAO, laughing my ass off
   
q-c q
queske
Qu’est-ce queWhat
qch
qqch
quelque chosesomething
qdquandwhen
qdnQuoi de neuf ?What’s new?
qqQuelquesSome
qqnQuelqu’unSomeone
   
r29Rien de neufNothing’s new
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
   
sa va ?
sa va
Ça va ?
Ça va
How are you?
Fine
savapaÇa va pas ?Is something wrong?
sltsaluthi
snifsniff (J’ai de la peine)I’m sad
ss(je) suisI am
stp/svpS’il te/vous plaîtPLS, please
   
TT’es (Tu es)You are
tabitouT’habites où ? (Tu habites …)Where do you live?
tata KST’as ta caisse ? (Tu as …)You have your car?
tdstout de suiteright away
tfktu fais quoi ?what ru doing?
tgta gueuleshut up
ti2T’es hideux (Tu es …)You’re hideous.
tjstoujoursalways, still
tkcT’es cassé (Tu es …)You’re tired.
tktT’inquièteDW, don’t worry
tle +boT’es le plus beau (Tu es …)You’re the most handsome
TLMTout le mondeEveryone
T nrv ?T’es énervé ? (Tu es …)Are you irritated?
TOKT’es OK ? (Tu es …)RUOK? Are you OK?
TOQPT’es occupé ? (Tu es …)RUBZ? Are you busy?
T ouT’es où ? (Tu es …)Where ru?
tpstempstime, weather
Tt
tt
T’étais (Tu étais)
tout

You were
all, every
   
V1ViensCome
vazivas-ygo
vdmvie de merdecrappy life
VrManvraimentreally
vrtvraimentreally
vsvousyou
   
WEweek-endweekend
   
Xcrois, croitbelieve
XLntExcellentXLNT, excellent
   
y a
ya
Il y aThere is, there are

 * I don’t recommend using pq because before texting was ever a thing, pq already stood for papier cul (toilet paper). So I recommend sticking with pk instead.

French Texting Rules

The idea of texting is to use as few characters as possible. There are three basic techniques:

  1. Abbreviate, like ALP for À la prochaine
  2. Use letters and numbers that are pronounced like the desired sounds, like 12C4  for un de ces quatre
  3. Drop silent letters, especially at the end of a word, like pa for pas

Capitalization is pretty arbitrary; ALP and alp mean exactly the same thing.

Common patterns

  Replaces
1 un, en, in
2 de
C c’est, sais, s’est, etc.
É ai, aie, ais, etc.
G j’ai
K qu, ca
O au, aux, eau, etc.
T t’es, tes

  Conseil concis

If you just can’t figure it out, read the letters and numbers out loud.  🙂

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