French Vocabulary Not Learned at School: French Slang for Money

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January 14, 2014

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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 vocabulary and slang to help you get your thoughts across and vice versa.

French Vocabulary Money

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

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French Money Vocabulary (Slang)

EnglishFrench
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
cheapskateRadin,e
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
ExpensiveChéro
FreeA l’œil
profitLe bénef (short for “le benefice” = the gain, profit)

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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 Instagram

    • True, you do not need to know everything here. But just find the one you might use from time to time. You need to practice your french on a regular basis with those words in fact.

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