The French phrase "Tu t'attendais à quoi" revealed

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Translation in English

How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?


The literal meaning is:

  • Tu → You
  • T’attendais → Expected
  • À → To
  • Quoi → What

This is the French translation of the famous sentence “What did you expect?“. You can use it exactly like the English version, typically when someone seems to had too much expectations about something and you want to know what he/she was expecting.

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How to use it

Example: you offer a gift to your brother and he seems disappointed, you can ask: “Tu t’attendais à quoi ?” (What did you expect?).

Another scenario: you are talking about your new crush with someone and he/she realizes it’s not him/her. Once again, you can ask: “Tu t’attendais à quoi ?“.

Fun stuff

This sentence became popular after a famous beverage brand use it as a catchphrase in their advertisements.

Synonyms and similarities

  • T’as cru quoi ? (“What did you believe?“)
  • T’as cru que c’était quoi ? (“What did you believe it was?“)
  • Vous vous attendiez à quoi ? (“What did you expect?“)(Formal and/or plural)
  • Il s’attendait à quoi ? (“What did he expect?“)(Masculine and neutral)
  • Elle s’attendait à quoi ? (“What did she expect?“)(Feminine)
  • Ils s’attendait à quoi ? (“What did they expect?“)(Masculine and neutral + Plural)
  • Elles s’attendait à quoi ? (“What did they expect?“)(Feminine + Plural)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

J’ai rêvé de toi la nuit dernière “
” Last night, I dreamed of you “
” Raconte ! “
” Tell me! “
” Rien de spécial, tu t’attendais à quoi ? “
” Nothing special, What did you expect? “
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