The French idiom "Arrête ton baratin"

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Translation in English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does arrête ton baratin mean?


  • Arrête → Stop
  • Ton → Your
  • Baratin → Jibber-jabber

How to use it

If someone around you is talking way too much and you want this person to stop, you can say “Arrête ton baratin !“. Beware that it’s familiar and, depending on the situation, it might get perceived as “kidding” but also aggressive criticism. 

If you say it to tease a close friend about something, he/she will probably laugh about it. But if you say it to someone you barely know and with an aggressive tone, people won’t react the same way, so be careful when you use this one.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Arrête ton cirque. (“Stop your circus“)
  • Arrête ton char. (“Stop your chariot“)
  • Arrête ton charre. (“Stop kidding“)
  • Arrête tes conneries. (“Stop your bullshit“)(Vulgar)

Everyday life dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

Ça suffit ! Arrête ton baratin ! “
” Stop your jibber jabber! “
” Mais je m’amusais juste… “
” But I was just having fun… “
” C’est pénible “
” It’s annoying “
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