French Expressions

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Ça (ne) fait pas long feu…

“Ça ne fait pas long feu” is a colloquial expression commonly used in French. Literal Translation: That doesn’t make long fire Actual Meaning : That doesn’t last long French Synonyme: ça ne dure pas longtemps   Ex: A chaque fois que j’achète des chocolats, ça ne fait pas long feu! Each time I buy chocolates,…

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Du coup…

“Du coup” is an informal French expression mainly used in spoken French. It’s not something that you learn in textbooks or in a French class but you will definitely hear it among French native speakers. Literal Translation: Of/from the blow Actual Meaning: As a result, so   Ex: J’ai mangé trop de chocolat du coup…

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Quand même!

“Quand même” is one of the most common expressions used in French. It can be translated into many different words in English, depending on the context. Literal translation: When even Actual Meaning(s): Finally, eventually, still, anyway, honestly etc… Listen to the Audios below & practice your pronunciation with the right intonation! Finally Imagine, you are waiting for a good…

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Faire la gueule

This French expression is very familiar and means ” To pull a face, to be sulking over something or someone …” But to make it a little bit more formal, you can say “faire la tête” Ex: Arrête de faire la tête/la gueule!      Stop sulking!   Below, is a funny comic strip about a…

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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