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Does Roast Beef mean “I’m ready to settle down?”

Backward Investors

Old Dream

Low-fat croissants

Parlez-vous Restaurantian ?

Calorie Count

To be or not to be… speaking French ?

Keep on asking and you will receive

It’s going south

License to speak

Tour de Food

Who wants to live in Whatever-sur-Mer ?

EXpress yourself

How’s your skin today?

The nose job

Mission impossible?


Charity work

Sleepless in Paris



Tacos fever

Bon voyage !

À la vôtre !

Blind date

Pastis anyone ?

No plan B


La muse et le coq

La victoire de Michelle

Act #1: Does Roast Beef mean “I’m ready to settle down?”

The very common French expression ah bon ? is really more of an interjection and can be translated in a lot of different ways. It is such an easy expression but it can make you sound so French! We use it all the time. The most common translation is “really?” but these are some clues that will help you.

Use ah bon ? when you want to:
  • indicate surprise
  • indicate an understanding of what was said
  • indicate an interest in what was said
  • show a desire to want to hear more of the conversation
  • show a desire to contribute to the conversation
It is such a simple comment but it can go a long way. The intonation of your voice will indicate if you’re expressing surprise, acknowledgment or understanding.

Don't be fooled by bon, it doesn't mean "good" here. So ah bon ? doesn’t mean “oh good” and it can be used when talking about both good and bad things.


Tu ne devineras jamais ! Il se marie demain. - Ah bon ?
You’ll never guess! He’s getting married tomorrow. - No way!

J'ai vu un film intéressant hier. - Ah bon ?
I saw an interesting movie yesterday. - Oh, yeah? You did?

Ils ont déménagé après le décès de leur père. - Ah bon ?
They moved after their father died. - I see.