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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Words Referring To People
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine!
Eric: This is Must-Know French Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 2. In this lesson you'll learn Words Referring To People.
Eric: These refer to people you don't know, and generally have a negative connotation.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Yasmine: meuf
Yasmine: mec
Yasmine: nana
Yasmine: gamin(e)
Eric: Yasmine, what's our first expression?
Yasmine: meuf
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "chick."
Yasmine: [SLOW] meuf [NORMAL] meuf
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: meuf
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you talk about a woman. This is verlan, which is inverse-slang.
Yasmine: Meuf is "femme"
Eric: Or “woman” said backwards. It has a very negative connotation.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] C'est qui cette meuf? [SLOW] C'est qui cette meuf?
Eric: "Who is that chick?"
Yasmine: [NORMAL] C'est qui cette meuf?
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Yasmine: mec
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "dude."
Yasmine: [SLOW] mec [NORMAL] mec
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: mec
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you talk about a male person. It is less formal than...
Yasmine: homme,
Eric: which means "man". It's mostly used with friends.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] C'est un beau mec. [SLOW] C'est un beau mec.
Eric: "He is a nice-looking dude."
Yasmine: [NORMAL] C'est un beau mec.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Yasmine: nana
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "chick."
Yasmine: [SLOW] nana [NORMAL] nana
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: nana
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you talk about a girl. It is quite an old-fashioned word. It's mostly used with friends.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Cette nana a l'air sympa. [SLOW] Cette nana a l'air sympa.
Eric: "This chick looks nice."
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Cette nana a l'air sympa.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Yasmine: gamin(e)
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "kid."
Yasmine: [SLOW] gamin(e) [NORMAL] gamin(e)
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: gamin(e)
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to talk about children. It can be negative sometimes.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Les gamins jouent dans le parc. [SLOW] Les gamins jouent dans le parc.
Eric: "The kids are playing in the park."
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Les gamins jouent dans le parc.
QUIZ
Eric: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Eric: You talk about a guy you don’t know.
Yasmine: mec
Eric: "dude"
Eric: You say “woman” in reverse slang to talk about someone you don’t know.
Yasmine: meuf
Eric: "chick"
Eric: You talk about a girl you don’t know.
Yasmine: nana
Eric: "chick"
Eric: You talk about a kid.
Yasmine: gamin(e)
Eric: "kid"

Outro

Eric: There you have it; you have mastered four French Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at FrenchPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Yasmine: Au revoir!

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