On this page, we are going to show you all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French idiom “J’avoue”.
It includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. But wait, we also added super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, synonym, dialogue example and more!
“J’avoue” literally means “I confess /admit“. But during the last decade it became very popular among young generations as a way to say “Totally / That’s true / I agree / Don’t tell me about it / etc.” depending on the context.
It’s like a verbal nod used after a statement to acknowledge its reception and show agreement. That’s why it’s useful when you want to show your interlocutor that you are actively listening to what he/she is saying.
Finally it can also, sometimes, have a meaning of: “I didn’t think it through, but now that you say it: yes, I agree“
When you want to show that you are actively listening, I when you agree with the person you are talking to, you can use “J’avoue“.
Note that we only use it in the first person singular. So don’t use “Tu avoues” because it doesn’t have the same meaning at all, it means simply “You admit“.