Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by codivnat, Apr 18, 2008.
how would one respond to this?
This has been asked before. You can check 'de beau' using the 'search' function. Here's a good answer, given by Klodaway:
"qu'est-ce que tu fais de beau" is simply a colloquial expression, as a whole, you shouldn't seek a specific meaning for the word "beau" in it. In fact, it can be replaced by "bien" with the same meaning.
Basically, it just means "What are you doing?", simply with the additional suggestion that the "what" they are doing is something interesting, or fun, etc...
It just means "so what's up?", "what's new?", "what are you up to?"
So, you reply..
beh, rien - tu fais quoi toi?
Thanks. I actually saw that and thought it was helpful for understanding what it means in general, but I couldn't figure out exactly what a response would be (in the way that "comment ca va", for example, has pretty specific responses). would i just say "rien"?
Oh, I see. Thanks so much!
This question is a very openning question, it suggests you to speak about your life, and globaly what's changing recently in your life... You could answer "rien", but certainly your interlocutor would be disappointed. Answering "rien" could be understand as closing the discussion. So...
"tu fais quoi de beau dimanche ?"
"rien de particulier"
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