I’m not sure where you learn “couci couça” but every (!) FSL student seems to have retained that one expression. Many times, that’s all that’s left from several years of French lessons. Please allow me to say this, at the risk of schocking many of you: no one really says that in France anymore. You might have heard it but that doesn’t make it common, or cool 🙂
Okay, that’s enough, I got it out of my system, now let’s move on to what you should actually say. And it’s simpler than couci couça or comme ci comme ça, which is also seldom used.
Salut/bonjour, comment ça va? (Hi, hello, how are you?)
1) ça va, et toi? / bien, et toi? (I’m fine, and you?)
2) ça peut aller/ on fait aller / pas trop mal (couci couça, alright but not super great)
4) pas terrible ( not great at all)
5) ça va pas du tout (I’m not good at all)
6) pas mal (not bad)
There you have it. A collection of simple words that will make you sound like someone who actually lived in France.
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