If you’ve already bought and read the OffQc guide C’est what?, then you know the answer to this question.
J’haïs ça, l’hiver.
I hate winter.
That’s how someone said it in a conversation. Let’s take a closer look at this.
The verb haïr means to hate. Haïr sounds like a / ir, with two syllables. I hate, then, is j’haïs. It has two syllables and sounds like ja / i.
(In fact, another conjugation exists: je hais, which sounds like je / è. You’re not very likely to hear that in a conversation, but you can come across it in writing.)
In j’haïs ça, l’hiver, what’s the ça doing in there?
We can say that ça means it here. J’haïs ça, l’hiver is like saying I hate it, winter or winter, I hate it. It’s possible to say j’haïs l’hiver, but that ça is very often heard in spoken language.
You’ll also hear ça used with aimer. J’aime ça, l’hiver!