French 'hein' = Okay? Right?
I've heard French Canadian speakers use this word before (hein), even when they speak English (Franglish?) however I' not sure if it's still used in France. I've never seen any references to it in text books or on TV programs that teach Parisian French. Does anyone know or have any comments?
Some examples of the word's usage are:
Elles les savent bien hein = They know it well don't they?
On repart dans le futur hein? = Let's continue with the future (tense) okay?
Je te fascine hein? I fascinate you, do I?
Oh ça va hein! = That's enough, okay!
I' not sure = I'm not sure
I *have* seen it in Parisian French.
It is very used in France. But it is very informal and familiar (almost unpolite).
<Hein> se dit partout en France.
Hein ? Quoi ? Répète ce que tu dis !
Hein ? Tu plaisantes !
Hein ? Non ! C'est pas vrai...
Tu le sais, hein ?
C'est bien, hein, dis donc !
Et celle-là, hein, elle est pas belle ?
Il viendra, hein ?
Ho ! Hé ! Hein ! Bon !
C'est lourd, hein ?
Seule, hein ?
M'oubliez pas , hein ?
Hein ! Mon il, oui !
Xatufan, Bernard, Greg
Thanks for your answers. I appreciate it. (Merci pour vos réponses. Je l'apprécie). Any other comments are still welcome (Autres commentaires sont toujours l'accueil).
"I've heard French Canadian speakers use this word before (hein), even when they speak English (Franglish?) however I' not sure if it's still used in France."
<Hein> is so widespread in use in France that maybe you mean "oin" or "ouin" which is uniquely French Canadian.
Thanks for your interest in this topic. No, it was definitely "hein" that I used to hear my childhood French Canadian friends say but the word has never appeared in any of the textbooks or touristy phrasebooks on French I have seen in my life. On the other hand , some of of the newer series like the "Lonely Planet" phrasebooks (an Australian production) might have an example or two. "Lonely Planet" has been trying to adapt their books to the spoken language a little more. Their phrasebook on American English even discusses the surfer lingo and Val-talk of California a little bit.
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