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Funny French idioms


31st December 2015

Emily Robertshaw

Ever wondered about idioms in other languages? We’ve picked out some of the best ones for you to see how they back-translate into English. Why not try dropping these into conversation with your French friends and colleagues?


Ah, la vache!








Oh, the cow!

Oh no!


Poser un lapin à quelqu’un


To lay a rabbit on someone

To stand someone up


Revenons aux moutons








Let’s get back to the sheep

Let’s get back to the point


Appeler un chat un chat


To call a cat a cat

To call a spade a spade


Il parle français comme une vache espagnole

Spanish cow







He speaks French like a Spanish cow

His French is terrible!


Devenir chèvre











To become a goat

To get angry 


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