20 of the most common French texting abbreviations
Even if you never plan on texting in French or insist on using whole words rather than abbreviated words to communicate, it doesn’t mean other people (read other French people) will do the same. I finally caved and learned a few of the more common French sms and internet abbreviations because I was sick and tired of logging onto Facebook or reading text messages from my friends and not understanding what they were saying .
For example, QDN is something I would see from time to time from one of my friends but had no idea what it meant until I finally asked her what it meant. I wished I had asked her sooner because she was asking me “Quoi De Neuf” or “What’s new”.
After that, I decided to learn this texting abbreviation language and I’m glad I did — French texting abbreviations really do come in handy when you are in a rush and need to save time on your keystrokes. Plus I can understand what my friends and my kids are talking about now.
A text message in French can be called “Un texto” or “Un SMS”. An email is usually called “Un Message”. Ask your friends to text you: Envoie-moi un texto or Envoie-moi un sms . Ask your friends to email you or send you a message on Facebook- Envoie-moi un message……(by email or Facebook).
Here is a useful infographic with 20 of the most useful or common text message abbreviations. Below the infographic is a more detailed explanation for each one.
Below are the same text abbreviations in the above info-graphic just explained in more detail.
French Text abbreviations To signify something is funny
If something is funny in English, you would probably use the text message abbreviation LOL (laughing out loud). If something is even funnier than you would most likely use ROFL (Rolling On The Floor Laughing) or LMAO (laughing my ass off). In French, just like in English, there are different text abbreviations you would use to express different degrees of amusement or funniness.
If you could only remember one French text abbreviation, it should be MDR. Above is a screenshot of one of my French friends using MDR.
MDR is short for mort de rire and is used like you would use LOL.
MDR literally means <<dying of laughter>> and in my opinion is one of, scratch that. It is THE most used French text message abbreviations around. People use it everywhere, email, phone text, social media sites, T-shirts…
note* You can use LOL when texting with a French person. They will understand that is means something funny. They probably have no idea that it stands for Laugh out loud though. LOL LOL LOL.
PTDR is short for Pété de rire and means you are laughing so much that you just can’t laugh any more.
Use it like you would use LMAO; when something is even funnier or more amusing than a simple LOL.
EXPDR is short for eplosé de rire and literally means <<exploding with laughter>>. Use like ROFL or LMAO when something is funnier than a simple LOL.
10 French pronoun text abbreviations
Here are 10 abbreviations for French pronouns that I have seen friends use and have used on occasion myself.
C is short for c’est which means <<it is>> as in “c’est magnifique”, ( it’s magnificent).
5- C Ca:
C ça is the abbreviation for C’est ça which can mean anything from <<that’s it>> and <<there you have it>> to <<there you go>> and <<you got it>>.
CT is short for c’était which means <<it was>> or <<that was>> as in c’était fun ( that was fun or it was fun).
G is short for j’ai which means <<I have>> as in J’ai beaucoup d’amis (I have a lot of friends).
GT is short for j’étais which means <<I was>> as in j’étais son amis ( I was his friend).
JC is short Je sais which means <<I know>> as in Je sais tous (I know everything).
TT is short for t’étais which means <<you were>> as in t’étais avec lui (you were with him).
Chuis is short for Je suis pronounced (shwee) which means <<I am>> as in je suis content (I am happy).
QQC is short for quelque chose which means,<<something>> as in je veux quelque chose (I want something).
13- QQN or QQ1:
QQN or QQ1 is short for quelqu’un which means <<someone>> as in quelqu’un t’aime (someone loves you).
Other descriptive and useful French texting abbreviations
BIZ is short for bises or bisous which means <<kisses>>. You use this much like you would use xoxo or hugs at the end of a message. Possibly the second most used text abbreviation in French?
15- STP or SVP:
STP is short for s’il te plait which is the informal way to say <<please>>. If you want to text using the more formal way to say please than you would use SVP (s’il vous plait).
PK is short for the very useful question pourquoi which means <<why.>> as in pourquoi est ce que tu ne m’aime plus (why don’t you love me any more?).
DSL is short for desolé which means<< sorry>> as in je suis desolé (I am sorry).
ENTK is short for en tout cas which can mean <<in any case>> or <<anyways>> as in en tout cas, je t’aime (in any case, I love you).
Dac is short for d’accord which means <<ok>> or <<all right>> as in d’accord, j’y vas avec tois (all right, I’ll go there with you).
MPLC is short for merci pour le cache. MPLC is not really that common unless you do geocaching in France. My husband Blake first came across it when he took our daughter to find her first geocache. Someone left a note marked MPLC which simply means <<thank you for the cache>>.
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These were but a few of the hundreds of text message abbreviations you might see your French friends using. My son uses a whole bunch more which I can’t be bothered to learn.
See Also: 15 Funny French Expressions Involving Farm Animals And Bugs That Don’t Make Sense To English Speakers But Will Make You Sound Like A Native!
Watch: Video of my daughter showing you 20 Useful French Words and Phrases To Learn Before You Travel To France.
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