The French expression "Tu me tues" explained

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French to English

How to pronounce it

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does tu me tues mean?

Definition

It might sound surprising to have a word related to death, to express something as joyful as laughing. But we do use “Tu me tues” to express “You make me laugh a lot“. Just like in English they say “You are killing me“.

The classic image being someone laughing so much that he can’t breathe anymore, literally dying of laugh. (Please don’t)

How to use it

Keep this one for hilarious situations, when you are really cracked up! If the situation is funny but “not enough to die for it” use instead “C’est drôle” / “C’est marrant” (That’s funny) or “Tellement drôle !” (So funny!) or “haha” / “Excellent” (Same as English).

You can also use “Tu me tues” to express to someone that he / she is making you laugh a lot in general, that this person always surprise you. For example, you can say it during a conversation, but not especially during a funny situation.

In both cases, this is a very nice compliment to say to someone, but keep in mind that this is very casual and informal. Not adapted to formal situations like a workplace, for example.

Funny stuff

A super quick and texting friendly way to say it would be ” Mdr” which means “Mort De Rire” (“Dying of laugh“). This is the French “Lmao” (Laughing My Ass Off).

Synonyms

  • Tu m’as tué. (“You made me laugh a lot“)
  • Tu me fais rire. (“You make me laugh“)
  • Tu me fais tellement rire. (“You make me laugh so much“)
  • Tu es à mourir de rire. (“You make me dying of laugh“)
  • Il me tue. (“He makes me laugh a lot“)
  • Elle me tue. (“She makes me laugh a lot“)
  • Ils me tuent. (“They make me laugh a lot“)
  • Elles me tuent. (“They make me laugh a lot“)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Tu me tues “
” You are killing me “
” Pourquoi ? “
” Why? “
” Tu as toujours le mot pour rire “
” You always have something funny to say “
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