These contain some examples of vulgar language.

DownloadDownload mp3 (file size 1 MB) - right click and choose 'save target as'

It's a fact that the French language can sometimes seem tricky or obscure to foreigners. It's also a fact that the French are very proud of it. Although they may make grammatical mistakes themselves, they always assess a foreign person's command of French by the quality of their grammar and vocabulary.
However, communicating with French people doesn't just mean repeating grammar rules tediously. The French spoken language is full of these peculiar words that punctuate every other sentence, one of the most famous being Oh là là !
Here is a list of these interjections that should help you impress your French friends in various situations.

(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, v = Verlan (back-slang), Lit. = literally)

transcript  Click here for a transcript of all the expressions in "Interjections".

Argument Class Drinking Family
Food Friends Going out Health
Interjections Money Moods Music
Play up/Play down Politics Professions Pulling

More French from BBC Languages
More from BBC Languages

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.