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French Curse Words You Should Never Use

Curse words, also known as swear words, bad words, or insults, are for most people considered taboo when teaching and learning French. Teachers will definitely cringe at the thought of their students learning French curse words. For a word to qualify as a swear word it must have the potential to offend, crossing a cultural line into taboo territory. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak French?

French curse words

On this page you will discover why you need at least to understand curse words, you will boost your comprehension skills by learning the power of swear words! Don’t forget to download your gifts: 3 FREE French Cheat Sheets from the Top Slang Words you’ll hear in to the Top Rated-R Curse Words!

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Why You WIll Never Reach Fluent Comprehension If You Don’t Understand Them?

Here are 2 reasons why you should study curse and strong words expressions when learning French:

Native speakers use curse words and expressions in everyday conversations

If you plan to study French to speak with native speakers, then you better learn strong words. Native speakers won’t always use formal expressions, otherwise, it would be difficult to establish a real connection. When breaking the ice, it’s not uncommon to joke around or even use curse words for a reason or another. So it is best to at least learn some curse words and expressions if you plan to make friends, to catch everything during small talks.


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Curse words are used all throughout French culture

If you turn on any popular French TV show you are quickly going to see the value of learning curse words. Just like everyday conversations, French culture is filled with curse words or expressions. Without some knowledge, popular culture and informal conversation can be quite confusing.

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The Dark Side of French Curse Words

Identifying French curse words will help you improve your comprehension, give you a better understanding of people and culture. However, using those vulgar words can make you look like a fool, uneducated and disrespectful. Words can be offensive, use the wrong ones and you will quickly turn out to be rude and mean people.

You need to pay attention to understand the context and the cultural sensitivity to use them with caution if you ever decide to use them! Never forget to be responsible and feel the emotion behind the words and how they affect others. I am sure you don’t want French people not only to take you for a creep but also to hate you. Right?

Are You Sure To Be Ready For Your Free Cheat Sheet

You’ve made up so far, it’s time to reward you with your free pdf Cheat Sheet. From French slang to Rated-R curse words we’ve gathered a collection of Cheat Sheet covering the words that you have more chance to hear in the streets of than in a textbook!

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Parental Guidance Cheat Sheet

This Cheat Sheet contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. It mainly contains French slang words, nothing offensive but it is informal, only to be used in small talk with friends.

French English
Être au taquet to be going flat out
Se faire griller to be busted
C’est ouf It’s crazy
Flipper to freak out
Kiffer to like
Ouais, enfin… Yeah, well…
Laisse tomber/td> Nevermind that
N’importe quoi.. nonsense
Ça roule! Alright!
Bouffer to eat
C’est relou It’s annoying
Etre vénère to be angry
Mec guy
Meuf chick
Avoir le seum to be pissed

PG 13 Cheat Sheet - Forbidden to Under 13 Years Old

This Cheat Sheet contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 13 years old. It mainly contains French strong words used in everyday life, recommended to be used with caution and friends only. (Example: Fool, Idiot, Stupid, Lame…)

French English
Ringard uncool
Fou crazy
Effrayant frightening
Bête dumb
Imbécile fool
Idiot idiot
Connard jerk
Nul lame
Casse-pieds pain in the neck
Mince! Shoot!
Ferme-la! Shut up!!
Stupide stupid
Agacé ticked off
Bizarre weird
Mauviette wimp

Rated-R Cheat Sheet - Forbidden to Under 17 Years Old

This Cheat Sheet is specifically designed to be downloaded by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 18. It mainly contains French curse words, insulting expressions that will make you sound vulgar. (Example: Damn it, Bastard, What the F***, F words…)