Discover the French sentence "Arrête de parler"

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!

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English translation

Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does arrête de parler mean?


The literal meaning is:

  • Arrête → Stop
  • De parler → Talking

How to use

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…

Synonyms and similarities

  • Chut. (“Shh“)
  • Silence. (“Silence“)
  • Tais-toi. (“Shut up → Literally: Shut you“)
  • Ferme-la. (“Shut up → Literally: Close it“)(Vulgar)
  • La ferme. (“Shut up → Literally: Close it“)(Vulgar)
  • Ta bouche. (“Shut up → Literally: Your mouth“)(Vulgar)
  • Ferme ta bouche. (“Shut up → Literally: Close your mouth“)(Vulgar)
  • Ta gueule. (“Shut up → Literally: Your muzzle“)(Very vulgar)
  • Ferme ta gueule. (“Shut up → Literally: Close your muzzle“)(Very vulgar)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Arrête de parler ! “
” Stop talking! “
Même pas en rêve ! “
” Not even in your dreams! “
” Tu es vraiment pénible… “
” You are really annoying… “
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