You are going to discover all the things you have to know about the basic expression “Ferme-la”.
Are included a full definition of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. And because we care about you, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!
The literal meaning is:
There are many ways to say “Shut up” in French and even if it’s never a pleasant thing to say, 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“.
To say it “Vulgarly” use instead: “La ferme” or “Ferme-la” or “Ta gueule” or “Ferme ta gueule“
But… What about “Tais-toi“? Well, it’s right between these two groups: neither super polite, nor very vulgar. That’s why it’s better to use it with people you are comfortable with and definitely not in a work environment.