You are going to discover everything you ever wanted to know about the basic sentence “C’est parti”.
To be more specific, it includes a detailed explanation of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Plus, we also sprinkled some useful things like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!
“C’est parti” is a very common French phrase which literally means “It left” but is generally translated as “Let’s go” or “Here we go“.
It’s useful in many situations and announces the beginning or the launch of something.
You can use it when you want to announce the launching of any kind of activity, like a trip, a dinner, a movie, a flight, a race, etc.
There are three ways to use it. The first is as at the beginning of a sentence with “pour” (for):
The second is at the end of a sentence:
The last is as a standalone:
If you want synonyms, “allons-y” and “on y va” can be used too and both mean “let’s go“. And for funnier synonyms, check the next paragraph…
A funny synonym of this expression is “C’est parti, mon kiki” which literally means “Let’s go my hoo-ha“. More precisely, “kiki” is the childish way to say “genitals” and so it sounds cute for French natives. But this is of course informal register…
Another synonym is “C’est tipar” which also means “Let’s go / Here we go” but with the syllables of the word “par-ti” being reversed as “ti-par” by a mechanism called “verlan“.
The word “ver-lan” is itself a “verlan” of the word “à l’envers” which means “Reversed“…