Tutorial Transcript

Wanna speak real French from your first lesson? Sign up for your free lifetime account at FrenchPod101.com. Hi, everyone. I’m Lindsay from FrenchPod101.com. In this video, we’ll be talking about 15 Ways to Complain in French. Let’s go! The first complaint is... Je suis fatigué. "I'm tired." This is a basic and convenient sentence to use when you are tired. Don't forget that all French adjectives agree in gender with the nouns they describe. So if you are a girl, you are fatiguée (with ée). Il fait chaud. This means "It's hot." When referring to the weather in French, we don't say c'est ("it is"), but rather we say il fait. For example, Il fait chaud, "it's hot." Il fait froid. This means "It's cold." This is similar to il fait chaud, but you just have to substitute chaud ("hot") with froid, which means "cold." C'est trop cher. This means "It's too expensive." If you want to complain about something being expensive, this sentence is perfect! Trop means "too much" and cher is an adjective that means "expensive." The next complaint is... C'est bruyant. This means "It's noisy." Bruyant is an adjective meaning "noisy" and "loud." You can use it to describe a place, an object, or a person. The next complaint is... Je meurs de faim. This means "I'm starving." Meurs comes from the verb mourir, which means "to die." It means you are so hungry you could die. J'ai grossi. This means "I got fat." This comes from the verb grossir meaning "to put on weight." The opposite is mincir, "to get slimmer." Je suis toujours ruiné(e). This means "I'm always broke." The French adverb toujours has several meanings. It may mean "always, anyway, anyhow, at least, or still." Mon travail est ennuyeux. This means "My job is boring." Ennuyeux is a French adjective, meaning "boring." It can apply to a person, an object, or a place. The next complaint is... Cette personne pue. This means "That person stinks." Puer is a verb and has different meanings. It can mean "to smell bad, to stink of, or to smell fishy." With this sentence, you may complain about someone who smells bad or who's uncool or repulsive. Il n'y a plus de saisons. This means "Seasons don't count for anything anymore." The weather is a basic talking point in France. Everyone in France loves to talk about the weather and they particularly like to complain about it. Le Wi-Fi ici est trop lent. This means "The Wi-Fi here is too slow." In French, you can say Wi-Ii or Internet when referring to the Internet. Lent means "slow." Il y a trop de circulation. This means "There is too much traffic." Circulation in French means "traffic," but you can also use the word trafic, which is similar to the English word “traffic.” Mon patron est chiant. This means "My boss is annoying." Chiant is a slang word, but be careful as it is very casual! Basically, it means "boring" or "annoying." Le salaire est trop bas. This means "The wage is too low." You use this phrase when you want to complain about your salary. Bas, in this situation, means "low." Okay, that's all for this lesson. Which complaint do you like the most? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time! À bientôt!