Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

French Expression of the Day: c'est moi

Share this article

French Expression of the Day: c'est moi
Photo: Depositphotos
10:28 CET+01:00
"Merci" - "C'est moi": Here's a look at why this seemingly bizarre exchange actually makes sense in French.

Why do I need to know c'est moi?

As one of the many ways to respond to "thank you", it's hard to avoid this expression and while you might catch on to its general meaning, you might not really know why people say it. 

So, what does it mean?

As no doubt many of you will know, c'est moi literally means 'It's me' but this translation doesn't really get to the heart of why people use it to respond to an expression of gratitude. 

In fact it is actually short for c'est moi qui vous remercie literally 'it's me who thanks you'.

Obviously this is not something we would normally say in English so a better way to translate it would be: 'No, thank you' (stressing the 'you') or 'You're very welcome'. 

It's easy to use and once you start incorporating it into your everyday speech, it will add a native touch to your language. 

Of course, c'est moi can also be used in the literal sense. For example, if Daniel answers the phone and the person calling asks to speak to him, he might say: Oui, c'est moi!

Examples

Merci pour le café, Vitor, - C'est moi! -- Thank you for the coffee, Vitor, -- You're very welcome!

Nous avons eu un magnifique repas, merci. - C'est moi! -- We have had a wonderful meal, thank you. -- 'No, thank you!'

For more French Expressions and French Words of the Day you can CLICK HERE to see our full list

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

‘No other place in Europe has such as high density of talent’

London has always had a certain allure that pulls in entrepreneurs from near and far. As one of the world’s most connected cities, a top financial centre and a multicultural melting pot, countless professionals from Europe and beyond are drawn to London like moths to a flame.