Discover the French phrase "Tu vois ce que je veux dire"

Get ready to discover everything you have to know about the basic phrase “Tu vois ce que je veux dire”.

Are included a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Not to mention the cool stuff we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

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Translation in English

How to pronounce

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


It literally means:

  • Tu vois → You see
  • Ce que → What
  • Je → I
  • Veux dire → Want to say

Use it as a question when you want to be sure that there is no misunderstanding and that the other person understood clearly what you said/meant.

But you can also use it as an affirmation, if you think you don’t have to finish your sentence to make the other person understand what you have in mind.

How to use

Example 1: you are trying to explain to your mother how the internet works. But she seems confused and you want to be sure she is still following your explanations, so you ask: “Tu vois ce que je veux dire?“. (You understood what I said?)

Example 2: you are talking with a good friend about someone that you both don’t appreciate like: “Elle est tellement… tu vois ce que je veux dire…” (She is so… you know what I mean…)

Fun stuff

If you feel that you don’t even have to say anything to be understood, you can use “Tu penses à ce que je pense ?” (Are you thinking about what I am thinking?)

You can use it with people you have a strong complicity with, typically a lover/best friend/etc.


  • Est-ce que tu vois ce que je veux dire ? (“Do you know what I mean?“)
  • Vois-tu ce que je veux dire ? (“You know what I mean?“)(Formal)
  • Voyez-vous ce que je veux dire ? (“You know what I mean?“)(Very formal)
  • Tu penses à ce que je pense ? (“Are you thinking about what I’m thinking?“)
  • Tu comprends ? (“Do you understand“)
  • T’as compris ? (“Did you understand?“)
  • C’est clair ? (“Is it clear?“)
  • C’est clair pour toi ? (“Is it clear for you?“)

Example in a story with translation

Now, let’s see a complete example of this idiom in a story with slow French audio and the English translation below.
Marc:   Salut Léa ! Comment ça va ?
Hi Léa! How are you?
Léa:   Salut Marc ! Je vais bien, et toi ?
Hi Marc! I’m fine and you?
Marc:   Je vais bien, merci ! Comment s’est passé ton week-end ?
I’m fine, thank you! How was your weekend?
Léa:   Super ! Je suis allée au cinéma avec ma meilleure amie.
Great! I went to the movies with my best friend.
Marc:   Vraiment ? C’est génial ! Quel film vous avez regardé ?
Really? That’s awesome! What movie did you watch?
Léa:   Ça s’appelle “Kaamelott”. Un super film ! Tu dois le regarder !
It’s called “Kaamelott”. A great movie! You have to watch it!
Marc:   Ok, merci. Je le regarderai.
Ok, thank you. I will watch it.
Léa:   Et c’est à peu près tout. Et toi ?
And that’s about it. And you?
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