November 27, 2014

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Ce n’est pas de la tarte!

Literal Translation: “It’s not some tart” Actual Meaning: it means that something is tricky, difficult to do or to handle. This is a colloquial expression that is usually elided to “C’est pas d’ la tarte.” Note that “ne” is not always pronounced in spoken French  

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Tomber dans les pommes

Informal Expression: Tomber dans les pommes Literal Translation: To fall in the apples Actual Meaning: To faint, to pass out Il tombe dans les pommes quand il voit du sang.     He faints when he sees blood                            

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10 Useful Phrases with “Être”

Être (to be) is one of the most important doing word in French. We have many expressions with the verb “to be” and I have selected a few ones that are very useful to know in everyday life. So learn how to say to be late, it doesn’t matter, that’s life etc… You can listen…

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Home & House in French

“Home” is “La maison ou chez moi” in French Ex: Je vais à la maison / Je rentre chez moi         I am coming home   “House” is also translated by “la maison”  but has a more general meaning. Ex: C’est une belle maison!         It’s a beautiful house!

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On y va & Allons-y !

To say  ”Let’s go there”  you can say  “On y va” or “Allons-y “ !     Notes: Make sure you make the liaison when you pronounced these 2 phrases. “Making the liaison” means that the last consonant of a word is linked with the vowel which begins the following word. On_ y va is…

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Ça ne mange pas de pain!

You can often hear this expression among french people. Literal translation: That doesn’t eat any bread! Actual Meaning: That doesn’t cost much OR There’s no harm in trying ! So why not trying something because it doesn’t cost much and entails no risk! 😉 Ex: Téléphone à ton médecin, ça ne mange pas de pain! Notice: In…

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Ça marche!

The expression “ça marche” is often used in everyday situations when someone agrees with what has just been said. Literal translation: That walks Actual meaning: Ok, that works!   Ex 1 – Tu peux venir à 6 heures ce soir. You can come at 6pm. – Ok, ça marche !  Ok that works!  But you…

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I Don’ t Care…

“Je m’en fiche” is a familiar expression that means  “I don’ t care”…   But you will often hear people say “Je m’en fous” which is even more familiar than “Je m’en fiche” but used quite a lot in a conversation.   Note: As you can hear, we don’t often pronounce “e” of  “je”  in…