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I went through the last dozen posts on OffQc, pulled out key expressions and vocabulary, then rearranged it all into this dialogue for review. (If you squint your eyes and plug your nose, it almost sounds like a real dialogue, with a surprise ending and all.)

Enweille! Qu’est-ce tu fais? C’est pas l’temps d’niaiser!
J’gratte ma guitare, man…
— Ah, c’est l’fun, hein?
Pas tant qu’ça. J’file pas… J’peux-tu t’bummer une smoke?
— Euh… non.
T’es ben gratteux, toé. Enweille, donne-moé une smoke. J’te niaise pas. J’ai un paquet d’problèmes! Mon restaurant spécialisé en grilled cheese a été vandalisé.
— Ah, ok. Bon ben… c’est pour ici ou pour emporter?
— Quoi?
Tes Timbits, c’est pour manger ici ou pour emporter?
— Ah, ouais… mes Timbits… euh, pour emporter… merci…

— Come on! What’re ya doing? Quit wasting time!
— Strummin’ my guitar, man…
— Ah, that’s fun, huh?
— Not really. I’m not feelin’ good… Can I bum a smoke off ya?
— Uh… no.
— You’re so cheap. Come on, give me a smoke. I’m not kidding. I’ve got a whole bunch of problems! My restaurant specialised in grilled cheese was broken into.
— Ah, ok. Right so… is it for here or to go?
— What?
— Your Timbits, are they for here or to go?
— Oh yeah.. my Timbits… uh, they’re to go… thanks…

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Montréal

PAR CHEZ VOUS

While listening to the radio yesterday, I heard the host of a radio show speak about the weather; she asked her listeners:

Est-ce qu’on a de la pluie par chez vous?

Par chez vous is a good usage to know. It means in your region, in your area, in your neck of the woods, etc., or simply where you are.

Est-ce qu’on a de la pluie par chez vous?
Is it raining where you are?
Is it raining in your region?

C’EST LE FUN!

A man called into the show and sang a song on air. After he’d finished singing, the host of the show said:

Merci, c’est le fun, ça!

We’ve seen how c’est le fun is used in colloquial language in the sense of it’s fun or that’s fun. Here, though, I’d probably translate it as that’s great. Either way, the host said c’est le fun to show that she enjoyed his singing.

ÇA ME TENTE PAS

Very frequently used — the verb tenter. Ça me tente pas means I don’t want to, I don’t feel like it.

Ça me tente pas vraiment.
I don’t really feel like it.
I don’t really want to.

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We’ve seen before that the expression c’est le fun can mean “it’s fun” in Québécois French.

C’est le fun can mean something else, though. Can you guess what it means in these sentences?

  • C’est le fun de te voir heureuse.
  • C’est le fun de savoir que tout va bien.
  • C’est le fun que tu m’en parles.
  • C’est le fun de pouvoir m’entraîner avec lui.
  • C’est le fun de recevoir tous ces mots d’encouragement.
  • C’est le fun que les journées rallongent.
  • C’est le fun que ça commence à marcher.

It doesn’t feel quite right to say that c’est le fun means “it’s fun” in these sentences, does it? That’s because le fun here means “great,” or génial.

C’est le fun de te voir heureuse.
It’s great to see you happy.

C’est le fun de savoir que tout va bien.
It’s great to know that everything is going well.

C’est le fun que tu m’en parles.
It’s great that you’re talking to me about it.

C’est le fun de pouvoir m’entraîner avec lui.
It’s great to be able to train with him.

C’est le fun de recevoir tous ces mots d’encouragement.
It’s great to receive all these words of encouragement.

C’est le fun que les journées rallongent.
It’s great that the days are getting longer.

C’est le fun que ça commence à marcher.
It’s great that it’s starting to work.

Here’s a pronunciation tip: c’est le fun (three syllables) is often pronounced as c’est l’fun (two syllables). To pronounce it this second way, first say c’est. Now say c’est again with an L sound on the end. (It sounds sort of like the English word “sail.”) Then say fun.

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OffQc

Yes! Entry #600!

As #600 approached, I got curious as to the most googled québécois words and phrases that led people to OffQc since it began in December 2010… and there they are in the image above!

You can click on it to make it bigger.

Do you know them all?

Thanks everybody for continuing to read OffQc. It’s a privilege to have your attention.

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