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All about the French quote "Merci"

Are you ready to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the basic word "Merci"? Including a complete explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. But wait, we also added some useful stuff like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : Thank you

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How to pronounce



  • IPA : / mɛʁsi /

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What does merci mean?


"Merci" is the most common way to say "Thank you" in French. In slang, it becomes "Cimer"

How to use it

Use it exactly like "Thanks" in English, it's fine in every situation. So if you just want to learn the basics for now, no need for more. But if you want to sound like a French native, here are some tips:

→ If you want something more formal, use: "Merci à vous" or "Je vous remercie".

→ For the slang version, use: "Cimer"

→ And finally if you want to show extra gratitude, when a simple "Merci" isn't enough, use: "Merci beaucoup" (Thanks a lot) or "Un grand merci" (A big thanks)

(More details in the "Synonyms" section below)

Fun facts

Why is the slang version "Cimer" ? Simple! Take the syllables of the word "mer-ci" and reverse them → "ci-mer".

This mechanism is called "verlan" and is very common in slang contexts.

(The word "ver-lan" being itself a "verlan" of the word "à l'envers" which means "Reversed"...)


Normal gratitude:

Extra gratitude:

↓ Example in a story with French audio ↓

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

Le musée du Louvre

The Louvre museum

Aujourd'hui, Joe a enfin décidé de visiter le musée du Louvre.
Today, Joe finally decided to visit the Louvre Museum.
Il était impatient de découvrir ce célèbre musée.
He was impatient to discover this famous museum.
Il avait hâte de voir les fameuses oeuvres du musée et, bien sûr, la Joconde...
He couldn't wait to see the famous works of the museum and, of course, the Mona Lisa...
Il s'arrête à la station de métro "Palais Royal Musée du Louvre" et se dirige vers le musée.
He stops at the subway station "Palais Royal Musée du Louvre" and heads for the museum.
Il trouve l'entrée du musée : c'est la fameuse pyramide de verre du Louvre...
He finds the entrance of the museum: it's the famous Louvre's glass pyramid...


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