Discussion: [expr] French and English Interjections / Les interjections en français et en anglais

Discussion in 'Themed Lists' started by Tresley, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Tresley

    Tresley Senior Member

    Yorkshire / United Kingdom
    British English
    Over the course of some time I have been building up a list of French interjections, sounds and other filled pause expressions. I thought it might be useful to others if I shared this list with you. Does anyone know of any others to add to this list?

    This might be something that could be built up in a glossary. I don't have Excel on my computer to do it though.

    Achoum! – Atishoo! (a sneeze)
    Ah! – Ah!
    Aïe! – Ouch! Ow!
    Alors! – Well!
    Argh! – Argh!
    Badaboum! – Crash!
    Bah! – Pah! Nonsense! Fiddlesticks! Rubbish! My foot! You don’t say so!
    Ben! – Erm! Err! Um! Uh!
    Berk! – Yuk!
    Beurk! – Yuck!
    Bof! – Hmmm! I don’t know. Not so good.
    Bouh! – Boo!
    Boum boum! – bang bang!
    Ça alors! – Well! Just think of that!
    Chut! – Shhh! Hush!
    Clac! – Smack! Thwack!
    Crac! – Crack!
    Eh! – Eh!
    Eh bien – Well
    Eh bien, alors! – Well, then!
    Eh oui – I’m afraid so
    Euh! – Erm! Err! Um! Uh!
    Flac! – Splash!
    Glouglou – Glug glug, Gurgle gurgle
    Ha! – Ah!
    Haha! – Ah-ha!
    Ha ha! – Ha ha!
    Hein! – Eh! What?
    Hé! – Hay!
    Heu! – Erm! Err! Um! Uh!
    Hi, hi – Boo-hoo!
    Hic! – Hick! Hiccup!
    Hip! Hip! Hourra! – Hip! Hip! Hooray! (Hurrah!)
    Hmm! – Umph!
    Hourra! – Hooray! Yay! Hurrah!
    Hum! – Umph!
    Ma foi! – Well!
    Miam miam! – Yum yum!
    Mon Dieu! – My God!
    Ô! – Oh!
    Ouah! – Pfworr! Wow!
    Ouf! – Phew!
    Oh là là! - Wow!
    Oh là là là là! – Uh oh! Oh dear!
    Ouille! – Ow! Ouch!
    Ouin! Ouin! – Wah! Wah! (baby crying)
    Pan pan! – Bang-bang! (Gunshot)
    Patati patata – Blah blah blah!
    Patatras! – Crash!
    Peuh! – Poo! (What a stink!)
    Pinpon pinpon– Ner-nah ner-nah (siren on police car, fire-engine, ambulance)
    Pouah! – Poo! (What a stink!)
    Plouf! – Splash!
    Sacrebleu! – Damn!
    Sacredié ! – Damn!
    Sacredieu! – Damn!
    Tac tac! – knock knock!
    Tant pis! = never mind! It can’t be helped!
    Tic-tac – tick-tock
    Toc-toc! – knock-knock!
    Tratata! – Pah! Rubbish! Fiddlesticks!
    Youpi! – Hooray! Hurrah! Goodie!
    Vlan! V’lan! – Whack! Thwack! Slap!
    Zut! – Damn! Blast!

  2. KaRiNe_Fr

    KaRiNe_Fr Senior Member

    France, Provence
    Français, French - France
    Boudiou ! Ca fait une sacrée liste ! :D
    Ah, j'aime bien "couic !" (très à propos dans un forum, pour couper les fils ;) )
  3. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    French (lower Normandy)
    Vingt dieux, or as my grand-father would say "cré fid'garce" (= sacré fille de garce :eek:, saying that even when I was an innocent little girl), impressive list!
  4. prêt-à-penser Senior Member

    English, Canada
  5. KaRiNe_Fr

    KaRiNe_Fr Senior Member

    France, Provence
    Français, French - France
    Ah oui mais non alors, si on va par là...
    Y'a aussi "Oh fan !" (Oh enfant de pute !)
    Tant pis, c'est toi qui as commencé ! :p
  6. geve

    geve Senior Member

    France, Paris
    France, French
  7. Tresley

    Tresley Senior Member

    Yorkshire / United Kingdom
    British English
    Thanks Geve,

    I didn't know about the other lists. I'll post it on the discussion thread.
  8. EnIrAc

    EnIrAc Senior Member

    Couac! = Arrk! Quack! (false note)
    Ça alors! = Gee!
    Fichtre! = Gosh!

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  9. quoi29

    quoi29 Senior Member

    US, English
    Sapristi! = Good heavens!
    Putain! = Fuck!

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