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French Texting - Les Textos français

French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in chatrooms, forums, email, and text messaging

Learning French is one thing, but French on the internet - in chatrooms, forums, text messaging (SMS), and email can seem like a completely different language. Fortunately, help is at hand. Here are some common French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols to help you communicate via text, followed by some helpful tips and pointers. If you think of any text abbreviations that I missed, please let me know!  :-)

French Meaning English
12C4 un de ces quatre one of these days
2 ri 1 de rien you're welcome
6né Ciné Movie theater
     
A+
@+
À plus L8R, later
CUL8R, see you later
A12C4 À un de ces quatre See you one of these days
a2m1
@2m1
À demain CU2moro, see you tomorrow
ALP À la prochaine TTFN, ta ta for now
AMHA À mon humble avis IMHO, in my humble opinion
AP
APLS
À plus TTFN, ta ta for now
ASV Âge, Sexe, Ville ASL, age, sex, location
a tt à tout à l'heure see you soon
auj Aujourd'hui Today
     
b1sur Bien sûr Of course
BAL Boîte aux lettres Mailbox
BCP Beaucoup A lot
bi1to Bientôt RSN, real soon
biz bisous kisses
bjr Bonjour Hello
bsr Bonsoir Good evening
     
C C'est It is
C1Blag C'est une blague It's a joke, Just kidding
CAD C'est-à-dire That is, i.e.,
cb1 C'est bien That's good
C cho C'est chaud It's hot
C'est It is
Ché Chez
Je sais
At the home of
I know
Chu
Chui
Chuis
Je suis I am
C mal1 C'est malin That's clever, sneaky
C pa 5pa C'est pas sympa That's not nice
CPG C'est pas grave INBD, it's no big deal
Ct C'était
C'est tout
It was
That's all
     
D100 Descends Get down
d'ac
dak
D'accord OK
DSL Désolé IMS, I'm sorry
DQP Dès que possible ASAP, as soon as possible
     
EDR Écroulé de rire LOL, laughing out loud
ENTK
EntouK
En tout cas IAC, in any case
     
FAI Fournisseur d'accès internet ISP, internet service provider
FDS Fin de semaine WE, Wknd, weekend
     
G J'ai I have
G1id2kdo J'ai une idée de cadeau I have a great idea
GHT J'ai acheté I bought
GHT2V1 J'ai acheté du vin I bought some wine
G la N J'ai la haine H8, hate
GspR b1 J'espère bien I hope so
Gt J'étais I was
     
J'ai I have
Je c Je sais I know
Je le saV Je le savais I knew it
Jenémar J'en ai marre I'm sick of it
Je t'M Je t'aime ILUVU, I love you
Je vé
J'vé
Je vais I'm going
JMS Jamais NVR
JSG Je suis génial I'm (doing) great
JTM Je t'aime I love you
     
K7 cassette cassette tape
KDO Cadeau Gift
Kan
Kand
Quand When
Ke Que that, what
Qu'est What is
Kel Quel, Quelle Which
Kelle Qu'elle That she
Keske Qu'est-ce que What
kestufou
Ksk t'fu
Qu'est-ce que tu fous ? What the hell are you doing?
Ki Qui Who
Kil Qu'il That he
Koi Quoi What
Koi29 Quoi de neuf ? What's new?
     
Lckc Elle s'est cassée She left
L's tomB Laisse tomber Forget it
Lut Salut Hi
     
M Merci Thanks
MDR Mort de rire ROFL
mr6 Merci Thx, thanks
MSG Message Msg, message
     
now maintenant ATM, at the moment
NSP Ne sais pas Dunno
     
o Au In the, at the
Ok1 Aucun None, not one
OQP Occupé Busy
Oué Ouais Yeah
     
p2k Pas de quoi URW, you're welcome
parske Parce que COZ, because
p-ê
pitit
Peut-être Maybe
PK Parce que Because
Pkoi Pourquoi Y, why
Po
Pas Not
PTDR Pété de rire ROFLMAO, rolling on the floor laughing
     
q-c q
queske
Qu'est-ce que What
QDN Quoi de neuf ? What's new?
qq Quelques Some
qqn Quelqu'un Someone
     
raf Rien à faire Nothing to do
ras Rien à signaler Nothing to report
rdv Rendez-vous Date, appointment
RE (Je suis de) retour, Rebonjour I'm back, Hi again
ri1 Rien 0, nothing
     
savapa Ça va pas ? Is something wrong?
SLT Salut Hi
SNIF J'ai de la peine I'm sad
ss (je) suis I am
STP/SVP S'il te/vous plaît PLS, please
     
T T'es You are
tabitou T'habites où ? Where do you live?
tata KS T'as ta casse ? You have your car?
tds tout de suite right away
ti2 T'es hideux You're hideous.
tjs Toujours Always
tkc T'es cassé You're tired.
TLM Tout le monde Everyone
T nrv ? T'es énervé ? Are you irritated?
TOK T'es OK ? RUOK? Are you OK?
TOQP T'es occupé ? RUBZ? Are you busy?
tps temps time, weather
Tt
tt
T'étais
tout
You were
all, every
     
V1 Viens Come
vazi Vas-y Go
VrMan Vraiment Really
     
X crois, croit believe
XLnt Excellent XLNT, excellent
     
y a
ya
Il y a There is, there are

French Texting Rules

The basic rule of texting is to express yourself with the fewest number of characters possible. This is done in three ways:

  • Using abbreviations, like TLM for Tout Le Monde
  • Using letters that are pronounced like the desired sounds, like OQP for occupé (O - CCU - PÉ)
  • Dropping silent letters, especially at the end of a word, like parl for parle
     

Patterns

  • 1 replaces UN, EN, or IN
  • 2 replaces DE
  • C replaces C'EST, S'EST, SAIS, etc.
  • É replaces AI, AIS, and other spellings of similar sounds
  • K can replace QU (e.g., koi) or CA (kdo)
  • O replaces AU, EAU, AUX, etc.
  • T replaces T'ES and other spellings of the same sound
     

Tip

  • If all else fails, try reading the symbol out loud.  :-)

  

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