Quiz: Can You Translate These Popular French Sayings into English?
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Can You Translate These Popular French Sayings into English?
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

It IS a small world after all. The reason may be due to many phrases and terms that have entered the English language over the centuries from France, Spain, Germany, and many other countries. For example, there are quite a few French words commonly used today in both the French and English languages that are used interchangeably. So much so, that one might say French phrases have entered every aspect of our life from movies, (film noir, cinéma vérité) to fashion, (avant-garde and haute couture) to relationships (femme fatale and ménage à trois). But most especially, our cuisine (bon appétit, soup du jour, and crème brûlée.)

However, if you think by answering this quiz there may occur a faux pas (false step), not to worry, sans faire rien (it doesn't matter) you'll relish the Joie de vivre (a feeling of exuberance) when you tell others of your high score. They will think you have a special Je ne sais quoi (a positive, indescribable characteristic or literally, 'I know not what.') But don't take our word for it. Grab a café au lait and a croissant and find out how accurately you grasp the French language. Start the quiz now.

Merci beaucoup.


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