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January 14, 2014

French Vocabulary Money

​In English it’s cash, money, dough, moolah, bill, bucks, bread, fund, and so many other words, yet it all means the same thing.

No matter what we do or where we go, money talk can’t escape us (or the other way around). So if you find yourself walking on French soil, you’ll invariably come across talk about money. You might as well arm yourself with these French money vocabular​​y and slang to help you get your thoughts across and vice versa.

Or you could learn this simply because it’s cool to know this stuff too. All up to you, really.

For Starters...

Here's a short video to get you started with this lesson. Check out some standard French words related to money, plus some example sentences.

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​French Money Vocabulary (Slang)

moneyLe fric
Le pognon
Le pèze
La galette
La braise
L’oseille (f)
Les ronds (m)
Le flouse
La thune
Loose changeLa ferraille (literally, scrapiron)
Francs/ EurosLes balles (f) (as in “ca coute quinze balles” = it costs fifteen euros)
10,000 francs/ eurosUne brique
To be brokeEtre fauché, être a sec
To not have a beanNe pas avoir un radis,e (le radis = radish)
Ne pas avoir un rond
Filthy richRupin,e*
A spiled daddy’s boyUn fils à papa
To be loadedEtre plein aux as
A skin-flintUn grippe-sous
To fork outCasquer
To blowClaquer (la thune)
To be hadSe faire avoir
To con, to rip offSe faire Rouler / couillonner**
It’s a fake, it’s imitationC’est du toc
Junk, rubbishDe la camelote
FreeA l’œil
profitLe bénef (short for “le benefice” = the gain, profit)

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Frederic Bibard

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Twitter and Google +

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