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The French word "Ouais" revealed

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French to English translation

  • Translation : Yeah

  • Register : Informal - Funny - Slang

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / wɛ /

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Ouais meaning


It is well known that the French way to say yes is "oui", but there are many other variations.

"Ouais" is probably the most famous one, it's a simple "Yes" but more informal, that's why it's generally translated as "Yeah".But, it doesn't fit every situation, so be careful of the context when you want to use it. Let's discover some examples!

How to use it

A relative / a friend / a colleague asks you if your exam went well, you say: "Ouais, facile" (Yeah, easy).

The judge asks you if you were at home during the night of the 17th of July, you say: "Oui" (Yes). But not "Ouais"! Because in a formal situation like this (with a judge, a teacher, a boss...), it sounds very provocative and you might get into trouble.

A rule of thumb: if you say "Vous" to the person instead of "Tu" because you are showing respect, use "Oui" instead of "Ouais". In every other situation, you will be fine by saying "Ouais".

In case you need to be even more informal, you can use "Ouep / Ouaip" (Yep) instead. But if not used appropriately, there is a high chance of irritating the person you are talking with.

Fun fact

In English, if someone is super happy about something, he/she might yell: "Yessss!". In French we would use "Ouais !", for example "Ouais ! On a gagné !" (Yessss! We won!)


↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

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

Changer de l'argent

Change money

CashierBonjour monsieur. Que puis-je faire pour vous ?
Hello sir. What can I do for you?
MarcBonjour. J'aimerais changer de l'argent.
Hello. I would like to change money.
CashierTrès bien. Quel échange voulez-vous faire ?
Very well. What trade do you want to do?
MarcJe veux changer mes dollars américains en euros. Quel est le taux de change ?
I want to change my US dollars into euros. What is the exchange rate?
Cashier1 dollar américain vaut 0,85 euros, monsieur.
1 US dollar is worth 0.85 euros, sir.
CashierCombien voulez-vous échanger ?
How much do you want to trade?
MarcCinq cents dollars.
Five hundred dollars.


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