All about the French sentence "Tu vois ce que je veux dire"

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This include a full explanation of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Plus, we also added some super useful stuff like synonyms, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

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French to English translation

How to pronounce it?

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 to understand what you have in mind.

How to use

Example 1: you are trying to explain to your mother how 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.

Synonyms and similarities

  • 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?“)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Tu vois ce que je veux dire ? “
” You know what I mean? “
” Oui, je vois “
” Yes, I see “
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