French word of the day: Franchement

French word of the day: Franchement
Once you've mastered the basics of French, there are a few little words that you can drop into conversation to really add emphasis and make yourself sound more local.

Why do I need to know franchement?

You can create a sentence perfectly well without it, but if you want to add a bit of oomph to what you are saying, this is a handy word. It's also very widely used in everyday conversation by French people, so you will hear it a lot if you're chatting.

What does it mean?

It means frankly or truly or in some contexts very or really. It's a word that really adds emphasis to what you are saying.

So if you're annoyed about something you could say Je suis colère – I am angry – but if you're really annoyed you could say je suis franchement colère!

Or Le moral est franchement mauvais – Morale is really low.

You can also use it to start a sentence – Franchement, elle est stupide – Quite frankly, she's thick.


Or even Franchement, tu m'emmerdes avec tes questions – Frankly, you're pissing me off with your questions.

Are there alternatives?

If you get bored of franchement but still need to be emphatic, some alternatives would be carrément, clairement, vraiment or diréctement.

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