You may have thought I abandoned my superhero adventures in France, but, in reality, these daring efforts never stop.
I have a whole slew of new idioms and word usage to share, if you are ready. I know a list like this is probably boring – but I just need to write them all down….
We say: Out of sight, out of mind
They say: Far from the eyes, far from the earth (Loin des yeux loin de la terre)
We say: It drives me crazy! or It’s too much!
They say: It’s too much! (C’est trop!) or I can’t have anymore of it. (Je n’en pouvait plus)
We say: Letting someone down
They say: Letting the world collapse (Laisser tout le monde tombe)
We say: There are lots of fish in the sea
They say: Lose one, find 10 (Perdre un, trouver dix)
We say: 15 minutes of fame
They say: One moment of glory (Un moment de gloire)
We say: I wouldn’t want to live in the spotlight.
They say: A happy life, is a hidden life. (Pour vivre heureux, vivant cachée)
We say: I’m out of cash
They say: J’ai pas du fric
We say: Life is good
They say: It’s a wonderful world, isn’t it? (C’est du beau monde, hein?)
We say: This is awesome!
They say: This is crazy good! (C’est un bien fou)
We say: I’ll be right back or In a jiffy
They say: Tout suite or En moins de deux
We say: I can’t be bothered.
They say: I don’t have the courage. (Je n’ai pas le courage.)
We say: 5’o-clock shadow
They say: 3-day beard (Barbe a trois jours)
We say: Caught red-handed.
They say: Flagrantly illicit (En flagrance d’elicit)
We say: Everyday concerns
They say: Worry quota (soucis quotite)
We refer to the first 10 years of this millennium as: ???? (No consensus that I know of)
They say: The years 20 hundred (Les anees vente cent)
We say: Can of worms
They say: Pandora’s box (Boite de Pandora)
When someone is being stupid about something (say dating) we say: That’s like, Dating 101!
They say: That’s like B.A.B! (C’est comme le B.A.B) Apparently, that is supposed to mean it is as easy as saying the alphabet, but, of course, the alphabet would be ABC – not BAB – so maybe I’m still missing something.
We say: The plane is taxiing
They say: Its rolling down the strip (Il roule dans la piste)
We say: Sick and Tired
They say: Ras le bol
A Play on words: (these are tough for me)
If someone says: Qu’alors y faire? to you the perfect response is “Calorifiere”
What should I do? Burn some calories (i.e. work harder)
We say: Bucks
They say: Tune
We say: Goosebumps (Brits say Gooseflesh)
They say: Chicken skin (Chair de poule)
We say: Affair
They say: Story of love (histoire d’amour)
We say: chicks and guys
They say: nanas and mecs
We say: Snack
They say: Bouffe
We say: Freckles
They say: Red stains (Tache dans rousseur)
We say: Tune up
They say: Revise (Une revision)
We say: half a pound or quarter pound
They say: une livre (500 g) or une demi-livre (250 grams)
At the end of a letter we say: Love, Best wishes, Sincerely or xoxo
They say: Amities, Bisous, Cordialement, Affecteuesement
We say: Snap
They say: Break the fingers (Casser les doigts)
We say: Kneel
They say: Fall on your knees (Tomber a genoux)
And my personal favorite:
We say: 6-pack abs
They say: bar of chocolate abs (tablet du chocolat)
I like this one since neither a 6 pack nor a bar of chocolate is going to be a good way to get you to those abs of steel!
I hope you are enlightened and once again, more prepared to understand French slang. Of course, I copied most of these down in class and my French spelling may be off – please forgive and comment to correct!
There is a new one everyday – so I’m sure there will be more to come. Until then, French word girl is signing off…….