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Author:  Jonzjob [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:59 pm ]
Post subject:  English expressions for French folk?

A while back I was talking to our young French neighbour. We have been helping her with her English for several year on and off and she has done really well at colledge and now university.

But she comes to a grinding halt at some of the expressions. We were talking about something? Dog knows what but in reply to something about what did I get from a transaction I replied "Not a sausage". She said why was I talking about sausages?

What do you say in that circumstance? What would you say if you heard someone ask a fisherman if he had caught anything and he replied "not a sausage".

He's not trying to catch bloody sausages is he :O3 :O3 :O3

Author:  Blaze [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: English expressions for French folk?

Between ourselves, OH and I will say things like "Aucune saucisse" or "Etouffe tout" !!!
I can't think of an equivalent expression off the top of my head - if indeed there is one ! French is a far more literal language than English and many of our more colourful expressions are untranslatable !

Author:  Jonzjob [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:25 pm ]
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Etouffe tout

Stifle everything?

That's got me styfled :ymsick:

Author:  Blaze [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: English expressions for French folk?

Stuff all :lol:
Don't worry, it's no more French than "Je reste ma valise" for "I rest my case" - we've got plenty more expressions like that but a French person just wouldn't understand ... and think we were barking 8-}

Author:  Jonzjob [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:43 pm ]
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Well, I did got a head start on them because I am barking, as you so politely put it!

It keep our friends giggling init :)) :)) But it's much better to laugh than cry me-thinks :-$

Author:  sueindoors [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:24 am ]
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A lot of English expressions just cannot be translated into French. It amazed me when I found out there is no French equivalent for the word 'cheap'. Probably because there is never anything cheap in any of the shops here!

It always makes me chuckle when I hear their expression for 'I've got a frog in my throat' - j'ai un chat dans la gorge.

Author:  Jonzjob [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:36 am ]
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'no French equivalent for the word 'cheap'."

'cause there is Sue

Chanson d'budgie 8-} 8-}

Author:  wilbro [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:07 am ]
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We too help a 14 year old with his English but tend to avoid these funny sayings we have as I find them difficult to explain. I do like to throw our neighbours though by affecting a Glasgow accent at times "Och, wur awa' tae Tulle" comes out very nicely in a Scottish brogue.

Author:  Patf [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:12 am ]
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OTOH there are quite a few that are the same eg green-fingers, fingers crossed.
Can't think of any others at the moment.

Author:  Jonzjob [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:25 am ]
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Glasweege Wilbro? I thought that was French :-\ :-\

Author:  Spardo [ Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:25 pm ]
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wilbro wrote:
We too help a 14 year old with his English but tend to avoid these funny sayings we have as I find them difficult to explain. I do like to throw our neighbours though by affecting a Glasgow accent at times "Och, wur awa' tae Tulle" comes out very nicely in a Scottish brogue.


Our erstwhile French neighbour's first husband was a Glaswegian, and it was from him that she learned 'English'. She couldn't understand when we doubled over with laughter on hearing her agreeing with us about the shortest way to the village:-

'Oova tha wee bredge' :lol:

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