French expression of the day: Je te tiens au jus

French expression of the day: Je te tiens au jus
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With this popular French expression you will be kept updated on the latest info.

Why do I need to know je te tiens au courant?

Because even though it contains the word ‘juice’, it has nothing to do with food.

What does it mean?

When in a conversation someone says to you je te tiens au jus, the person means that she will keep you in the loop of whatever you were talking about.

Be aware that je te tiens au jus is the slang version of the je tiens au courant (I’ll keep you posted), so that is not an expression to use with your boss but rather with friends and family.

According to the French expressions website Dicoz, tenir au jus has been popularised by the working classes, since in the regular je te tiens au courant, the word courant stands for 'electric power', which in slang is jus ('juice').  

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Use it like this

J’ai rendez-vous cet après-midi avec le médecin, je te tiens au jus – I have my doctor’s appointment this afternoon, I’ll keep you in the loop

Je ne suis pas sûre d’être disponible ce soir, je te tiens au jus – I am not sure I am free tonight, I’ll keep you posted

Tiens moi au jus pour tes résultats d’examen – Keep me updated on your exam results 


Je te tiens au courant – I’ll keep you up to date

Je te redis – (literally 'I’ll tell you again') I’ll let you know

Informer – To inform


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