Ready to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic sentence “Sans déconner”?
Are included a detailed definition of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. But that’s not all, we also sprinkled super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!
The literal meaning is:
The meaning can vary regarding context. If you are using it as a question, it means: “Are you kidding me ? / Really ?” but if you use it as a statement, it means “No kidding / Seriously / I’m serious / I kid you not“
It’s expressing a feeling of surprise and scepticism and will help your conversation to be more passionate and flow easily.
Let’s see some examples!
Someone you know tells you he/she found $1.000 on the street, you will probably react like: “Sans déconner ?!” (Are you kidding me?) because such things seem almost impossible and you are skeptical. Here, we can also translate it as “No way“.
Now, imagine the day after you found such money on the street too, you tell it to this person and he/she thinks you are making fun of him/her. To prove that it’s true, you might say for example: “Sans déconner ! Je te le jure !” (No kidding! I swear!)
For the slang / cool / shorter version, you can say “déc” instead of “déconner” but of course, this is not safe in formal situations…
Another famous slang version would be “T’es sérieux ?” which is the short version of “Tu es sérieux ?” and means “Are you serious?“