On this page, we are going to explain you all the things you have to know about the basic French sentence “Arrête de parler”.
Including a full guide of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. Not to mention the useful informations we added like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!
The literal meaning is:
There are many ways to say “Shut up” in French and even if it’s never a pleasant thing to hear, some ways are (much) more harsh than others.
You can find all the possibilities in the section “Synonyms” below, but basically if you want to say it “Politely” you can say: “Arrête de parler” or “Chut” or “Silence“.
For a “Neutral” way to say it, use: “Tais-toi” because it’s right between the two extremes: neither super polite, nor very vulgar.
To say it “Vulgarly” use instead: “La ferme” or “Ta gueule” or “Ferme ta gueule“.
In any case, it’s better to avoid saying such things in a work environment and to be careful with the “Vulgar” category that can bring you some troubles…