The French phrase "C'est parti" revealed

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!

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How to pronounce

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does c'est parti ! mean?

Definition

“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.

How to use it

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):

  • Tu es prêt pour le voyage ? → Are you ready for the trip?
  • Oui ! C’est parti pour la Californie ! → Yes! California, here we go!

The second is at the end of a sentence:

  • Je suis prête → I’m ready
  • Allez, c’est parti ! → Alright, let’s go!

The last is as a standalone:

  • On mange au restaurant ? → Let’s eat at the restaurant?
  • C’est parti → Let’s go

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…

Fun stuff

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” being itself a “verlan” of the word “à l’envers” which means “Reversed“…

Synonyms and similarities

  • C’est tipar → Let’s go (Slang)
  • C’est parti mon kiki → Let’s go my hoo-ha (Familiar)
  • Allons-y → Let’s go
  • On y va → Let’s go

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

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