In English one can say 'really?' in a conversation to show interest and to imply 'tell me more'. What word in French could be used for the same thing?

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Vraiment ?

C'est vrai ?

T'es sérieux ?

Sans blague ?

ah bon ?

hein is not really a word, more of a sound like huh ?

I hear this a lot though. Really can take on several meanings, but Vraiment is the closest literal translation.

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    shouldn't it be "vraiment?", with a "?" ? Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 11:54
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    I see many differences between the given translations, could you give some details to distinguish them and know when to use one or an other ?
    – Random
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 11:59

As already stated Vraiment ? is obviously the closest translation but imho slightly formal.

You'll more likely hear answers like:

  • C'est vrai ? (is it true?)

  • Pour de vrai ? Colloquial (for real?)

  • Sans dec' ? / Sans déconner ? Colloquial (no bullshit?)


le plus courant: vraiment ?

un peu moins utilisé: réellement ?

très courant oralement: ah bon ?

très courant oralement, un peu dubitatif: Non ?

très courant oralement, peu stylé: hein ?

  • I think "Hein?" convey the idea you did not hear properly what was said and you want them to repeat, not that you want more detail.
    – Jylo
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 11:17
  • @Pierre.Sassoulas I think it depends the tone. If the person is saying something very surprising, you may use "hein ?" to mean "I can't believe it !"
    – Random
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 11:58
  • Ho, rigth. "Hein ?! Oo" then :)
    – Jylo
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 12:22
  • @Pierre.Sassoulas Yeah, the "Oo" part is important for this meaning :D
    – Random
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 12:35
  • @Graffito , oui, ajouté, merci. Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 21:10

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