While the vocabulary of the love language is known for being charming and sophisticated, French language is also pretty ridiculous sometimes. Let's celebrate a few of French grammar moments that really made us mort de rire.

French is spoken by an estimated 274 million people in the world, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park. French pronunciation has up to 17 vowels depending on the dialect, and most of them are nasal. Many words sound the same but mean completely different things. Everything has a gender. It can take days of examining your relationship to someone before you figure out if it's more polite to call them tu or vous. Oh, and also we must not forget the funny French way of counting! Adding all of this together, French sure seems like the hardest language to learn.

Whether you consider yourself a Francophile, or you've barely mastered bonjour, these struggles will be all too real. To make the French learning process a bit easier we've compiled some really funny jokes about it, so at least you can practice your laughing in French.

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The French Way Of Counting

The French Way Of Counting

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JEFF THE KILLER
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you figure out France is trying to trigger you again.

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#3

The Correct Way To Name A Potato

The Correct Way To Name A Potato

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#4

French School Years

French School Years

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Miklós Nagy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are counting how many years left before they can go to uni and do dru- I mean study hard.

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The French Numeric System

The French Numeric System

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Stephen Harris
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But it's pronounced 'kes ke say' a lot of French autograph has silent letters

Patrice Talangai
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It can even get longer with "Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?" (pronounced "kes ke say xa ???" and that I would translate by "what is this that this that is, is ?") To use mostly when you want to express disgust, anger or doubt, exactly like "WTF is THAT ???"

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frederic eeckman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, it's funny because french are making fun of us belgian because we say "septante" and "nonante" for seventy and ninety, and it appears to them as a nonsense :))

Myriam Ickx
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although it’s entirely logical, and the French sound hardly literate if, when they want to say 70, they have to say 60-10 !

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Melody Lanzatella
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Kes Ke say, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa" That sound familiar? Its in a song!

Ruth Meszaros
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why I could not do well in French. Just too wordy and irrational.

Rom Lag
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because "qu'est ce que c est" is redneck talking. The correct way is simple "qu'est ce?"(litterally: "what's this"). Unfortunatly foreigners talk a better french than the french themselves.

Gilles Grindel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

redneck talking lol, in french we say "français courant". In fact, "qu'est-ce ?" come from "le français littéraire", the french you can read in books or hear in the center of Paris maybe but by old people. I wonder if someone from Manhattan speak exactly the same as someone from Brooklyn.

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François Carré
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Indeed, but if you don't feel fine with it, you can ask "c'est quoi ?" ("it is what ?") instead, like many French speakers do.

Forrest McCanless
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Psycho Killer . . . I literally cannot say the French without my wife screaming, "SHUT UP!". She hates that TH song.

Kristian Canler
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

actually the longest version is qu'est-ce que c'est que ça? which literally translates to what is this that this is that "that" hahahahaha there's a point in harry potter where an owl or something scares somebody and they twirl around and say WHAT IS THIS THAT THIS IS THAT "THAT"??!?

Emma Orset
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ça fait plus joli que " Quoi est ça ?" XD

Sheila Edwards
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or what about "Qu'est -ce que c'est que ca" ? "What on earth is that?" ( Sorry no cedillas to put under that last "c".

Mikha L'Ours
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The correct form of "qu'est-ce que c'est ?" is "qu'est-ce ?", but people after the 1960's deemed it too posh.

AveValencia
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

French to Spanish: ¿Qué es esto que esto es?

Jérôme Meichelbeck
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even better: "qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ??"

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#6

99 Problems, But Longer

99 Problems, But Longer

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Pi...
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gosh! Imagine translating that Ariana Grande song into French!

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#7

Funny French Language

Funny French Language

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Samantha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The French version of "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers"

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#8

French Numerals

French Numerals

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Isabelle Hadorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not all french speaking countries count this way. Belgium and Switzerland still use, septante (70), huitante (80) and nonante (90)

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#9

Funny French Expressions

Funny French Expressions

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Leonardo Sinigaglia
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Go on and cry, you'll piss less". Great! I will use it in italian

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#10

The French Word For Shower

The French Word For Shower

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Funny French Language

Funny French Language

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Rachael Leventhal
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Singing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" must take forever!

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#13

Tu vs. Vous

Tu vs. Vous

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giovanna
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Come on this is done in many many languages, it's just you English speakers who don't :D

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#14

The English Have Landed

The English Have Landed

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French Letters And Their Pronunciation

French Letters And Their Pronunciation

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Funny French Language

Funny French Language

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Samuel Vardier
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually more like "oil of nut of coco", or else French would be "huile de la noix du coco" whereas it's "huile de noix de coco". Makes sense.

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#18

The Love Language

The Love Language

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Diversifying Words

Diversifying Words

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JEFF THE KILLER
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't worry they are just dumbing it down for beginners XD

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#20

Learning The French Language

Learning The French Language

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Lorraine
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, you Americans always butcher the French language!

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#21

Confusing Language

Confusing Language

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maryhadalittlelamb
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but then again he spelled it as "handfull". how we know if he meant handful or hand full? it's ok to be confused! ;)

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Funny French Language

Funny French Language

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Master Markus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm fairly certain that "breaking my balls" is also an English phrase. Not sure what country it originates from.

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#25

Word Similarities

Word Similarities

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Camille Graphliart
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Until you meet "actually" "actuellement" "eventually" et "éventuellement" or dramatic/dramatique which ended with different meanings xD

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#26

French Language Jokes

French Language Jokes

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Kristin Kristin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oui = yes in french + ja = yes in german = oui+ja = ouija. Sorry, mate

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#27

Minute Changes

Minute Changes

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Anna Lambert
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Faire le con" doesn't mean to fuck. This means to be an ass.

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#28

One Big Ooof, Please

One Big Ooof, Please

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Flo Ris
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't get that one... Help, somebody ? (sorry, I'm french...)

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