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A little French lesson in some common French expressions

The French know just how to express things and how to express themselves through their most expressive language. There are countless French expressions many of which are idiomatic. Others are everyday expressions which have become known to thousands who do not even speak French, yet are able to use them when they visit France or other francophone countries. People are drawn to these sayings and attracted to the expressive qualities of French and as such want to learn French to be empowered to use them. In this blog you can enjoy a short French lesson on certain common expressions.

Here are common french expressions you can learn:

Anger

Here I am talking about anger. Firstly, I would like to give you some words to learn French. La fureur (fury), le rage (rage) and my best French lesson words here are voir rouge (to see red). These words are closely linked to English which may inspire you to take some French lessons. Ok, so here are two common expressions related to anger: ça me gonfle! (that really aggravates me!) et je suis en pétard (I’m about to explode). Pardon?

Disapproval

From speaking with anger to voicing disapproval. La condamnation (condemnation), le désaccord (disagreement), le mécontentement (dissatisfaction) et le reproche (reproach) are again words that remind us of English. More encouragement for those French lessons referred to earlier. Now here are two very smart expressions of disapproval: Pour qui vous prenez-vous? (who do you think you are?) et jamais de la vie! (No way!).  

Hypocrisy

Now we are on to the dreaded discovery of hypocrisy. Here are two common French expressions as we learn French to cope with the inevitable actions and words of a hypocrite. Quel faux-jeton! (what a hypocrite!) et une sainte nitouche (a Goody Two-shoes). This little French lesson should assist you when facing de l’hypocrisie (some hyprocrisy). 

Happy

Yahou! Let’s change the mood here and get on to happier moments. Words related to la joie (joy) are le bonheur ineffable (unbelievable happiness) et une joie indicible (indescribable joy). Here is an easy little French lesson to say, c’est le pied! (that’s terrific!) and then don’t you just love this feeling, je suis aux anges (I’m on cloud nine).

Relief

Ouf! At last we can be relieved, which in French is soulagé(e). Something may have been flung in your direction and fortunately missed you, at which point you could say, c’est pas tombé loin! (whew, just missed!). You may want to add, ça soulage! (what a relief!) or je peux souffler (now I can breathe).

Alors moi, je peux souffler while you all (hopefully) consolidate your French lessons with these common expressions especially meant pour vous!

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