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Funny French idioms

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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!

cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, the cow!

Oh no!

 

Poser un lapin à quelqu’un

rabbit

To lay a rabbit on someone

To stand someone up

 

Revenons aux moutons

Sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get back to the sheep

Let’s get back to the point

 

Appeler un chat un chat

cat

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

goat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To become a goat

To get angry 

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