Papoter (pap-oh-tay) is a casual way of saying to chat, talk, gossip. Now that the weather is improving, you may enjoy spending time at a café catching up with friends and family. It’s during weather like this that I particularly miss Paris and its sidewalk cafés. One of my favorites, Les Éditeurs, was being renovated last summer when I was in Paris. I’m looking forward to the chance to sit there and papoter for an hour or two.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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5 Responses to Papoter

  1. Papoter is one of the words I really like, it instantaneously puts me in a “friendship” mood if you see what I mean. Très évocateur.
    Your association with a café terrasse is spot on!

  2. A la terrasse d’un café bien sûr!
    But that is unfortunately rare (full time job plus 3 young boys…cqfd!), so nowadays papoter for me occurs:
    – Ideally during weekends away, but often too during dîners entre amis: while taking an aperitif with friends
    -while cooking together
    – while hiking (best with my témoins de mariage!)
    – whispering with my good friend all throughout our weekly pilates class
    -phone conversations (rarer)

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