Must-Know French Words for Facebook Users

Posted on 11. Mar, 2012 by in Business, News, People, Vocabulary

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Ever wondered how to say “Add a friend” in French?

How about to Poke someone?

Well, whether or not you’re a certifiably incurable “Facebookoholique“, this Top 100+ List can be a nice and fun way for you to learn French and quickly gain lots of French vocabulary.

Now, if you really want to propel your French skills to the next level, this compilation will set the ground for you to switch your Facebook to French—another great trick to fully immerse yourself into French language, even if it’s only a virtual immersion, bien sûr!

I hope that *tu aimes* (you *Like*!) this fresh learning idea. 

 

 

Attention! More than ever today, legions of parents and intellectuals in French-speaking countries, France, BelgiumCanadaSwitzerland, are sounding the alarm concerning the widespread effects of l’invasion culturelle et linguistique due to the Internet in general and the social networks in particular (Facebook being no exception, obviously), the same way people in Spain, Germany, and Arabic-speaking countries already did regarding their own language and culture: This post can also be extremely useful to native French people, especially the “expats” among them, who wish to switch to the French version of Facebook as a way to re-integrate French in the many facets of their vie quotidienne (daily life):

 

You are strongly enouraged to share the link of today’s post as much as you wish for a maximum benefit to all!

 

    Bases (Basics)

 

          • Facebook account: Compte Facebook
          • Username: Nom d’utilisateur
          • Password: Mot de passe
          • Log in: Connexion
          • Log out: Déconnexion
          • Connected: Connecté
          • Disconnected: Déconnecté
          • Add: Ajouter
          • Edit: Modifier
          • Remove: Supprimer
          • Block: Bloquer
          • Publish: Publier
          • Share: Partager
          • Create: Créer
          • Cancel: Annuler
          • Save: Sauvegarder
          • Change: Changer
          • Confirm: Confirmer
          • Not Now: Pas maintenant
          • Networks: Réseau
          • Events: Événement
          • Birthdays: Anniversaire

   Profil (Profile)

 

          • Status Update: Actualisation de statut
          • “What’s in your mind?”: In the French version of Facebook, it isExprimez-vous” (“Express yourself”)
          • Wall: Mur
          • Comment: Commentaire
          • Like: J’aime
          • Unlike: Je n’aime plus
          • Edit Profile: Modifier le profil
          • Current City: Ville actuelle
          • Hometown: Originaire de…
            • Note: This is a bit of a weird translation chosen by Facebook. A better option would be: *ville d’origine*
          • I am: Je suis
            • Female: Femme
            • Male: Homme
          • Birthday:Date d’anniversaire
          • Interested in: Intéressé par…
          • Languages: Langues
          • About me: À propos de moi
          • View As…: Aperçu du  profil en tant que…
          • Timeline: Le journal
            • Note: This nouveauté (new feature) will be mandatory for all brand pages March 30 (including the Transparent Language French Page)and most likely not too long after that will become mandatory for all Facebook profiles, whether you like it or not—Now, how ironic is it to see Facebook top managers boasting about the leading role of the world’s first social network in promoting la démocratie everywhere on the globe, especially in countries living under totalitarian regimes, when the least that can be said about their own way of introducing new features is … undemocratic?

Accueil (Home)

 

   Messages

            • Send a new message: Envoyer un nouveau message
            • See all messages: Afficher tous les messages
            • Reply: Réponse
            • Attach a file: Attacher un fichier
            • Read messages: Messages lus
            • Unread messages: Messages non lus
            • Sent messages: Messages envoyés
            • Spam: Spam

   Discussion instantanée (Chat)

            • Sounds: Sons
            • Appear as Online: Passer en ligne pour discuter
            • Go Offline to (friend): Passer hors-ligne

 Paramètres du compte (Account Settings)

 

 Aide (Help)

Photos (Photos)

            • Changer Picture: Changer la photo
            • Profile Pictures: Photos de profil
            • Tag: Identification
            • To tag a picture: Identifier une photo 
            • Add a description: Rédiger un commentaire
            • Edit Thumbnail: Modifier la miniature
            • Remove Picture: Supprimer la photo

   Amis (Friends)

            • Add Friend: Ajouter ami(e)
            • Find Friends: Rechercher des amis
            • Friend Requests: Demandes d’ajout à la liste d’amis
            • Confirm: Confimer 
            • Not Now: Pas maintenant
            • Mutual Friends: Amis en commun
            • Subscriptions: Abonnée
            • See Friendship: Voir les liens d’amitié
            • To Poke: Envoyer un Poke à…
            • Suggest friends: Suggérer des amis
            • Unfriend: Retirer de la liste d’amis
            • Report/Block: Signaler/bloquer

  Situation amoureuse (Relationship Status)

            • Single: Célibataire 
            • In a relationship: En couple
            • Engaged:Fiancé(e)
            • Married: Marié(e) 
            • It’s complicated: C’est compliqué
            • In an open relationship: Dans une relation libre
            • Widowed: Veuf(ve)
            • Separated: Séparé
            • Divorced: Divorcé(e)

  Adresse électronique (Email)

  Emplois et scolarité (Education and Work)

            • Works at: Employeurs
            • Faculty/University: Troisième cycle
            • High School: Lycée

   Applications et jeux (Apps)

   Groupes (Groups)

            • Group Name: Nom du groupe
            • Members: Membres
            • Privacy: Confidentialité
            • Open: Ouvert
            • Closed: Fermé
            • Secret: Secret

Listes (Lists)

            • Manage List: Gérer la liste
            • Close Friends: Amis proches
            • Acquaintances: Connaissances
            • Family: Famille
            • Restricted: Restreint


 Paramètres de confidentialité (Privacy Settings)

            • Control Your Default Privacy: Contrôler les paramètres de confidentialité par défaut
            • How You Connect: Prise de contact
              • Who can look up your profile by name or contact info? Qui peut trouver votre profil/journal en cherchant votre nom ou vos coordonnées ?
              • Who can send you friend requests? Qui peut vous envoyer des invitations à devenir amis ?
              • Who can send you Facebook messages? Qui peut vous envoyer des messages Facebook ?
              • Who can post on your Wall/on your timeline? Qui peut publier sur votre mur/dans votre journal ?
              • Who can see Wall Posts by others on your profile/timeline? Qui peut voir les publications d’autres personnes sur votre profil/journal ?
                • Everyone: Public
                • Friends: Amis
                • Friends of Friends: Amis des amis
            • How Tags Work: Fonctionnement des identifications
            • Blocked People and AppsPersonnes et applications bloquées

 

 As weird and as “surréel” as this may sound to you, but the first time they heard of Facebook, many French people thought that its name was actually “fesse-bouc“, meaning “butt-cheek (of a) billy-goat”! 

 

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5 Responses to “Must-Know French Words for Facebook Users”

  1. Arash 13 March 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    parfait. Merci

  2. Stuart 12 January 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Hi,

    Nice post. Do you have a post on the text abbreviations that the French use in replies/comments? Such as LOL = MDR (Mort de rire)

    Cheers,

    Stu (@stusfood – twitter)

  3. Hichem 13 January 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Merci! An updated post on the subject of SMS/text abbreviations will be published very soon, so stay tuned to the French Blog :)


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