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Les Textos - Texting in French

So, you've made a few French friends and you're feeling confident in your French conversations. You've invited them for dinner and just when you're starting to feel pleased with yourself, you receive an SMS. GHT2V. Huh? What does it mean?

Welcome to a whole new language! Just as in English, texting in French (les textos) involves communicating with as few characters as possible. To ensure your textos make sense, and to understand those you get, it's critical to know what the real words sound like. As well as expanding your social network, texting is also going to sharpen your ear for French pronunciation. Textos use as few characters as possible by:

  • #  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


Watch for these patterns:

  • #  1 replaces UN, EN, or IN
  • #  2 replaces DE or DU
  • #  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

 So, back to .. GHT2V .. With these clues outlined above, you may be able to work out that your friend is bringing the wine. G(J'ai) HT (acheté) 2 (du) V (vin). So, you can happily text back M for merci. Remember, if in doubt, read it out loud and then read it out load again. And if it still doesn't make sense, CPG (C'est pas grave – it's not important) .. tkt .. (ne t'inquiètes pas – don't worry) Just text back ???. Everybody knows what that means! Now, let's look

12C4 un de ces quatre one of these days
2 ri 1 de rien you're welcome
6né Ciné Movie cinema
À plus L8R, later,CUL8R, see you later
A12C4 À un de ces quatre See you one of these days
À demain CU2moro, see you tomorrow
ALP À la prochaine TTFN, ta ta for now
AMA À mon avis IMO, in my opinion
à bientôt See you soon
ASV Âge, Sexe, Ville ASL, age, sex, location
a tt à tout à l'heure see you soon
auj Aujourd'hui Today
B1 Bien Fine
b1sur Bien sûr Of course
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
Cc Coucou Informal hi
C'est It is
Chez At the home of
Je suis I am
C mal1 C'est malin That's clever, sneaky
C pa
C'est pas sympa That's not nice
CPG C'est pas grave INBD, it's no big deal
C'est tout
It was
That's all
CV Ca va? How are you?
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
En tout cas
IAC, in any case
Fin de semaine WE, weekend
fR Faire Do
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
Ih Hier yesterday
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
Je vais I'm going
JMS Jamais Never, NVR
JSG Je suis génial I'm (doing) great


 at some more:

KDO Cadeau Gift
Kan Quand When
Ke Que that, what
Qu'est What is
Quel, Quelle, Qu'elle Which, That she
Keske Qu'est-ce que What
keskeC qu'est-ce que c'est? What's this?
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
Merci Thanks
MDR Mort de rire Died laughing, ROFL
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
Parce que COZ, because
PDP Pas de probleme No problem
Peut-être Maybe
Pkoi Pourquoi Y, why
Po Pas Not
PTDR Pété de rire ROFLMAO, rolling on the floor laughing
q-c q
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
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
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 T'étais You were
tt tout all, every
V1 Viens Come
vazi Vas-y Go
VrMan Vraiment Really
X crois, croit believe
XLnt Excellent XLNT, excellent
y a Il y a There is, there are


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