Quand même is one of the most common and versatile expressions. In France, you hear it several times a day, every day. It’s a great little expression that will make your French very authentic and colloquial. It literally means ‘even when’ and can be translated as “anyway, even so, really, still” and the list goes on. Indeed, quand même has various meanings depending on the context. It can be used within a sentence, whether at the beginning, middle, or end. It can also be used alone as an exclamation. The best way to learn how to use quand même is to pay attention when you hear it and try to interpret its meaning. Let’s review some of the possible meanings through examples.