The French word "Allons-y" explained

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Including a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And because learning a new language is important, we also added super useful stuff like dialogue example, synonym, slow pronunciation audio and more!

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Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Allons-y meaning

Definition

French people are frequently using “Allons-y” when they are on the verge of going somewhere or starting something (typically: a group activity). It can be literally translated as “Let us go there” but it has the wider meaning of “Let’s go“.

It’s composed by “Allons“: the imperative “us” (Nous) version of “Aller” (To go) and the adverbial pronoun “y” which refers to the place you are going or what you are starting.

Because it’s using imperative, this is an order. And because this is conjugated with “Us” (Nous) it implies that you are included into the order. If you are not included in the order, because you are not going or not taking part into the activity, use instead “Allez-y“. (Same thing but conjugated with “you“).

Also, you can’t just use “Allons” without the “y” to say “Let’s go“. The word “Allons” alone is used in French, but not in this case.

Finally, if you don’t want to give an order, the non-imperative versions would be “On y va / C’est parti“. But be careful, these versions are more informal. Bonus: you can even use them as a question “On y va ? / C’est parti ?” (Let’s go?). 

How to use it

You are waiting for your friends to enter the theater, and a group of people politely ask you if they can pass before you. You answer: “Bien sûr, allez-y” (Sure, go).

Your friends finally arrive, you want to be sure they are all ready, so you ask: “On y va?” (Let’s go?)

They are all ready, then you can say: “Allons-y” (Let’s go). Because this time you a included in it.

Also, if you want to be more precise about where you are going or what you are going to do, replace “y” by the place or activity. Ex: “Allons au cinéma.” (Let’s go to the theater.) or “Allons acheter les tickets.” (Let’s buy the tickets.)

Fun stuff

If you want to use the slang versions, you have the choice between “Allez !” (Go!) and “C’est tipar” (Reversed version of “C’est parti“).

Synonyms and similarities

  • On y va. (“We are going“)
  • On y go. (“We are going“)(Anglicism)
  • C’est parti. (“Let’s go“)
  • C’est tipar. (“Let’s go“)(Slang)
  • Allez. (“Go“)(Slang)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Tu es prête ? “
” Are you ready? “
” Oui, allons-y “
” Yes, let’s go “
” C’est parti ! “
” Let’s go! “
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