Common expressions you might hear in French Louisiana:
C'est tout (Say too): That's all.
Fais-do-do (Fay doe doe): A dance. Literally "go to sleep" - a phrase whispered by French-speaking Cajuns to their children so the parents could join in the dancing.
Cher (Sha): Dear (a term of endearment).
Merci (Mare see): Thanks.
Pauve ti bete (Pove tee bet): Poor little thing.
Ça c'est bon (Sa say bohn): That's good.
Ça va (Sa va): That's enough.
Tante (Taunt): Aunt.
Nonc (Nonk): Uncle.
Lagniappe (Lahn yop): Something extra.
Boucherie (Boo sher ee): Pig roast.
Joie de vivre (Jhwa da veev): Joy of living.
Laissez les bons temps rouler (Lay say lay bohn tohn roo lay): Let the good times roll.
Allons (Al lohn): Let's go.
Lache pas la patate (Losh pa la pa tot): Don't let go of the potato or don't give up (a testament to the enduring spirit of the Cajun people).
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