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Mastering French Texting Slang: A Guide to Effective Communication


In today’s digital age, texting has become a ubiquitous form of communication. Whether it’s arranging plans with friends, coordinating with colleagues, or simply staying in touch with loved ones, texting is quick, convenient, and efficient. However, when communicating in French, especially through text messages, navigating the nuances of language and understanding the shorthand slang can sometimes be a challenge.

To effectively communicate in French text messaging, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with common abbreviations and slang used by native speakers. Here’s a handy guide to help you decode and understand French texting slang:

  1. slt – Salut (Hello)
  2. cc – Coucou (Hi)
  3. stp – S’il te plaît (Please)
  4. svp – S’il vous plaît (Please)
  5. mdr – Mort de rire (LOL – Laughing out loud)
  6. pq – Pourquoi (Why)
  7. pk – Pourquoi (Why)
  8. dsl – Désolé(e) (Sorry)
  9. tkt – T’inquiète (Don’t worry)
  10. stp – S’il te plaît (Please)
  11. ms – Mais (But)
  12. bcp – Beaucoup (A lot)
  13. svp – S’il vous plaît (Please)
  14. jtm – Je t’aime (I love you)

Understanding these abbreviations and slang terms can greatly enhance your ability to communicate effectively in French text messages, enabling you to engage more naturally with native speakers and express yourself more efficiently.

At ELAM, we understand the importance of effective communication in various contexts, including text messaging. That’s why our language courses not only focus on traditional language skills such as speaking and writing but also include practical modules on modern communication methods like texting. Our experienced instructors provide comprehensive training that equips students with the language skills they need to communicate confidently and proficiently, whether it’s through emails, phone calls, or text messages.

By enrolling in our courses, students gain the necessary language proficiency to interact seamlessly with their co-workers and peers, fostering better collaboration and understanding in both professional and personal settings. So, whether you’re mastering French texting slang or honing your communication skills for the workplace, ELAM is here to support you every step of the way.