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20:07 Sep 6, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase: whatever
like...whatever!
ashley
French translation:whatever
Explanation:
c'est égal

peu importe

"je m'en fiche, je m'en fous (in a conversation, slang)
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severita
Local time: 19:41
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4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
4peu importe, cela a peu dimportance, quoi qu'il en soityacine
na +3whateverseverita
na +2background
Theodore Quester
na +1N'importe quoi!
Theodore Quester
nawhatever
Genevieve Tournebize
na -1quoi que ce soitBernieM
na -1comme...quoi qu'il en soit !
Daniel Hartmeier


  

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26 mins peer agreement (net): +1
N'importe quoi!


Explanation:
Or,

tu dis n'importe quoi!

These are the best I can think of. I've been pondering this question for a while, actually.

Theodore Quester
United States
Local time: 13:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  BernieM: Careful with this one - it can mean 'rubbish' as in 'il dit n'importe quoi!'
5 mins
  -> 'Rubbish" (UK) is similar to what "whatever" (US) means.

agree  Alexandra Hague
7 hrs

agree  amarilis
13 hrs
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26 mins peer agreement (net): -1
quoi que ce soit


Explanation:
This is a bit of a tricky one. If your 'whatever' is in response to a question (e.g. which one do you want? or, what do you want to do?), then I suggest the above. In full, this translates as 'whatever it may be', but it's the best I can think of for a answer which conveys an indifferent or dismissive manner, which is how I have read your requirements.

BernieM
Hong Kong
Local time: 02:41
PRO pts in pair: 17

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Theodore Quester: Whatever, c'est une manière de dire que vous pensez que l'autre dit n'importe quoi, ou qu'en s'en fiche.
3 mins
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32 mins peer agreement (net): -1
comme...quoi qu'il en soit !


Explanation:
Not easy without knowing the context!

PONS Weis Mattutat German>French

wie dem auch sei > quoi qu'il en soit!

Daniel Hartmeier
Argentina
Local time: 15:41
Native speaker of: German

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Theodore Quester: eigentlich, "whatever" heisst "Quatsch!" auf Deutsch.
6 mins
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33 mins peer agreement (net): +2
background


Explanation:
Like... whatever is an expression in U.S. youth-slang, which means basically that you do not care what the other person is saying, or that you disagree, or can be just a means to express yourself without really saying much of anything. Like... whatever! you know?

Theodore Quester
United States
Local time: 13:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Angela Dunskus-Gulick
8 mins

agree  Alexandra Hague
7 hrs
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2 hrs
whatever


Explanation:
"quoi que ce soit" in the middle of a sentence.
"peu importe"
"quoi qu'il en soit"

Genevieve Tournebize
Local time: 12:41
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 29
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6 hrs peer agreement (net): +3
whatever


Explanation:
c'est égal

peu importe

"je m'en fiche, je m'en fous (in a conversation, slang)

severita
Local time: 19:41
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Theodore Quester
5 hrs

agree  amarilis
7 hrs

agree  tradusport
8 hrs
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14 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
peu importe, cela a peu dimportance, quoi qu'il en soit


Explanation:
good luck
yacine


yacine
Local time: 19:41
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 157
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