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Here’s a translation exercise you can do, similar to the ones in Say it in French: Translate 125 sentences to conversational Québécois French.

See if you can say the sentences below in French (the Québécois variety, of course!), without looking at the answers. If you need help, check the clues.

When you’re done, check the possible answers (they come after the image) and read the notes. You can try the exercise again after that to test yourself.

Say in French:

  1. No, thanks, I’m just looking.
    (what customers say to shop assistants when they don’t want help)
  2. I do my food shopping with reusable bags.
  3. Hahaha, what a hilarious video!
  4. I hate mosquitos.
  5. It’s too bad (it stinks, it sucks), but that’s how it is.

Clues:

  • regarder
  • maringouin
  • juste
  • plate
  • crampant
  • épicerie
  • haïr

Possible answers:

  1. Non, merci, je fais juste regarder.
  2. Je fais mon épicerie avec des sacs réutilisables.
  3. Hahaha, c’est crampant comme vidéo!
  4. J’haïs ça, les maringouins.
  5. C’est plate, mais c’est comme ça.

Notes:

  1. Je fais juste can be followed by a verb in the infinitive depending on what you want to say. Je fais juste te rappeler que… I’m just reminding you that… Informally, je fais can contract to j’fais, which sounds like ch’fais. Juste can sound informally like jusse.
  2. The expression faire l’épicerie means to do the grocery shopping.
  3. Something crampant is hilarious.
  4. Un maringouin is a mosquito. J’haïs is pronounced ja-i.
  5. Plate means too bad here (in the sense of unfortunate), but it can also mean boring. T’es plate! You’re boring! You’re no fun!

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Good news — if you want more practice with the Québécois French vocabulary and expressions used on OffQc, I’ve got something new for you.

Say it in French
Translate 125 sentences to conversational Québécois French
Buy it here

This book uses translation exercises to help you review what you’ve discovered on OffQc, and to fill in gaps in your knowledge. You’ll translate 125 sentences from English to conversational Québécois French.

Here’s a sample exercise. Can you say these five English sentences in French? (Québécois French, of course.) Try it before you look at the next sample page. If you need clues, look at the words in the circle.

After you’ve had a go at saying the sentences above in French, look at the possible answers. There are also usage and pronunciation notes on the possible answers page.

In total, there are 25 exercises like this, with 5 sentences in each (125 sentences altogether).

The answers are written using informal vocabulary (niaiser, toffer, pogner, drette, etc.) and spoken contractions (chu, t’esy’a, etc.). This is to help you review the material on OffQc.

I’ve written this book for those of you who want a challenge. It’s not for beginners in French. (If you wanted to reduce the challenge, you could study all the sentences in French first and then do the translation on a second go.)

This book will help you to become more proficient not only with the vocabulary you’ve discovered on OffQc, but also with putting together more natural sounding sentences that are immediately useful in conversations.

It’s also super fun for translation geeks! (I know you’re out there. I can’t be the only one.)

This book is a PDF.

Buy Say it in French here in the OffQc store

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