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.
Or you could learn this simply because it’s cool to know this stuff too. All up to you, really.
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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Les ronds (m)
|Loose change||La ferraille (literally, scrapiron)|
|Francs/ Euros||Les balles (f) (as in “ca coute quinze balles” = it costs fifteen euros)|
|10,000 francs/ euros||Une brique|
|To be broke||Etre fauché, être a sec|
|To not have a bean||Ne pas avoir un radis,e (le radis = radish)
Ne pas avoir un rond
|A spiled daddy’s boy||Un fils à papa|
|To be loaded||Etre plein aux as|
|A skin-flint||Un grippe-sous|
|To fork out||Casquer|
|To blow||Claquer (la thune)|
|To be had||Se faire avoir|
|To con, to rip off||Se faire Rouler / couillonner**|
|It’s a fake, it’s imitation||C’est du toc|
|Junk, rubbish||De la camelote|
|profit||Le bénef (short for “le benefice” = the gain, profit)|
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