Vlog #2 – How to Scold Your Kids in French

The French method of educating their children is all the rage – clearly a superior method of education. So I thought you’d appreciate learning how to scold your kids in French. At the very least it will stop them from rolling their eyes at you.

They’ll have no idea what you’re saying! Vlog #2 scold kids

Here are the six expressions we will be learning in this week’s tongue-in-cheek vlog.

1. Gentle Command:

Tu obéis s’il te plaît.

“You’ll obey please.”

And … je compte jusqu’au trois.

“I”ll count to three.”

2. Simple Question:

Mais qu’est ce que c’est que ça?

“What’s this?”

3. Sarcastic Question:

Non, mais … tu veux que je t’aide?

“No … you want me to help you?”

4. Sharp Rebuke:

Ne parle pas à Papa comme ça!

“Don’t speak to your father like that!”

5. Outrage:

Ca va pas la tête?

“Is your head unwell?”

6. Guantlet Thrown (you talkin’ to me?)

Ca suffit maintenant! J’en ai assez!

“Now that’s enough. I’ve had enough.”

And the auxiliary vocabulary for the day is bétise. It means act of mischief.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s important French lesson!


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20 comments on “Vlog #2 – How to Scold Your Kids in French
  1. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I’m yelling in a happy, excited way. I’m trying this today.
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  2. Laura says:

    So useful! For the times when just one language will not suffice!
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  3. Jennifer says:

    Once again, I LOVE IT! You did a great job. Plus it sounds way prettier when you correct your children. ;)
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  4. Elaine A. says:

    I love that last line. :) I’m going to be using that one about their “tete”s a lot. LOL!

  5. Alison says:

    I actually snort laughed at Ca va pas la tête?, because. BECAUSE. :)

    For the record, your children behaved like angels when we visited, no sign of betise at all.
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  6. Tracie says:

    I’m pretty sure I can find a use for “Ca va pas la tête?” every day of my life.
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  7. Jennie, Great video and so funny. In my house I provide the universal language of yelling- good in any country:)
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  8. Julie says:

    Thanks! Counting to three in French sounds way more menacing than in English :)

  9. Carolyn Y says:

    This made me giggle. It sounds more fun then scolding ;)
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  10. Catherine Sorrente says:

    Trop drôle Jennie, je me suis régalée !

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