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Discover the French idiom "Ferme-la"

You are in the right place to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the funny French expression "Ferme-la". To be more precise, it includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example.Additionally, we also added some useful things like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

English translation

  • Translation : Shut up

  • Literal meaning : Close it

  • Register : Informal - Funny - Swear

Pronunciation guide



  • IPA : / fɛʁməla /

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What does ferme-la mean?


The literal meaning is:

How to use it

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.

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with French audio ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Chasse nocturne

Night hunting

Rémi se réveille au milieu de la nuit à cause de son chien qui aboie...
Rémi wakes up in the middle of the night because of his barking dog...
RémiPutain ! C'est quoi ça ?!
Fuck! What is that?!
Rémi était très énervé...
Rémi was very upset...
ferme-laLiterally: Close it
! Il est trois heures du matin !
Oh shut up! It's three in the morning!
Rémi se dirige vers son chien.
Rémi heads towards his dog.
RémiPourquoi tu fais autant de bruit ? Qu'est-ce que tu as vu ?
Why are you making so much noise? What did you see?
Et tout d'un coup, Rémi voit un perroquet voler devant lui... et son chien recommence à aboyer...
And all of a sudden, Rémi sees a parrot flying in front of him... and his dog starts barking again...
RémiWow ! Qu'est-ce que tu fais là toi ?
Wow! What are you doing here?


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