How to SMS messages in French

Nowadays, text messages have been implemented in all languages. French is no exception to the rule, and has its own style playing on the pronunciation of letters and words.

Here you will find some simple to use French text messages that are used for SMS messages and also on the internet.

Many words just cut the vowels to keep the consonant sounds. Personal pronouns are a good example.

“ I “ → “ Je “ → “ j “. Mostly they are attached to the following word like “ I know “ → “ Je sais “ → “ jsais “.

It also works with “ tu ( you ) “ → “ tu sais “ → “ tsais “.

 The following SMS words (in bold)  are some of the most common in use :

  • All right → D’accord → dak

  • Answer me → Reponds moi → rep

  • Are you all right → Est-ce que ça va → sava

  • Don’t worry → Ne t’inquiètes pas → Tkt

  • Good Morning → Bonjour → Bjr

  • Hi → Salut → Slt

  • I’m fine → Je vais bien → jvais b1 ( or : jvé b1 )

  • I love you → Je t’aime → JTM

  • LOL (killing myself laughing) →  Mort de rire → MDR

  • Now → Maintenant → mntnt ( or : m1tnan )

  • Please → S’il te plaît / S’il vous plaît → stp / svp

  • So → Alors → alrs

  • Sorry → Désolé → dsl

  • Today → Aujourd’hui → Ojourd8

  • Yes → Oui → ui / oué

  • What → Quoi → koi

  • What is it → Qu’est ce que c’est → keske C

  • What’s up → Quoi de neuf → koi 2 9

  • When → Quand → qd

  • Who → Qui → ki

  • Why → Pourquoi → pk

Examples of a French SMS conversation :

  1. Slt sava ?

  2. Ui é toi ?

  3. B1, alrs koi 2 9 ?

  4. R1 é toi ?

  5. Tveux vnir 2main ?

  6. Ui si tveux. Kel heure ?

  7. 2h

  8. Ok a 2main alrs! Slt

And now the English translation :

  1. Hi, are you okay ?

  2. Yes and you ?

  3. Fine, so what’s up (Good, so what is new) ?

  4. Nothing and you ?

  5. Do you want to come tomorrow ?

  6. Yes if you want, when ?

  7. 2p.m

  8. Okay, so see you tomorrow. Bye

Please don’t forget that the spelling in SMS messages does not always give you good homework points.

The most important one is JTM