The French expression "Je suis en pétard" revealed

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To be more precise, this includes a full guide of what it is and how to use it in everyday life with an audio example. Not to mention the useful stuff we sprinkled like dialogue example, synonym, slow pronunciation audio and more!

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Translation in English

Audio pronunciation

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?


It literally means:

  • Je suis → I am
  • en → in
  • pétard → firework

Fireworks can be perceived as something nice, a light color show that will delight the children… but come on, by definition it’s just f*cking NOISY EXPLOSIONS.

That’s why angry French people use this when they are mad about something… because it makes them want to EXPLODE and make A LOT OF NOISE.

How to use

So, when something or someone makes you angry, you can use: “Je suis en pétard !“. For example, if you just had a car accident because someone didn’t respect the traffic light, you might want to say (or yell): “Je suis en pétard !“.

Plot twist: if you want to sound like a true French, use instead: “Ah putain ! Je suis en pétard !” (Oh fuck! I’m so pissed!)


  • Je suis énervé. (“I am angry“)
  • Je suis vénère. (“I am angry“)(Verlan)
  • Je suis furax. (“I am furious“)(Slang)
  • Ça me soule. (“It pisses me off“)
  • Ça me gave. (“It pisses me off“)
  • Ça m’énerve. (“It makes me angry“)
  • Ça me vénère. (“It makes me angry“)(Slang)
  • Ça m’vénère. (“It makes me angry“)(Slang)
  • Chui vénère. (“I am angry“)(Slang)
  • Tu es vénère. (“You are angry“)(Slang)
  • Il/elle est vénère. (“He/she is angry“)(Slang)
  • On est vénère. (“We are angry“)(Slang)
  • Ils/elles sont vénère. (“They are angry“)(Slang)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Je suis en pétard ! “
” I’m in firecracker!* “
” Relax, that doesn’t matter “
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