A NICE FRENCH LESSON FOR TODAY

Well-Known French Proverbs

On n’apprend pas aux vieux singes à faire des grimaces.This is literally translated as “You cannot teach old monkeys to make faces.”

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  • Rien ne sert de courir, il faut partir à point. Translating this word-for-word works out to “There’s no sense in running; you just have to leave on time.
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  • On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne. This French phrase is literally translated as “One does not change a winning team.”

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  • Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu. The literal translation “There isn’t smoke without fire.

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       Vaut mieux prévenir que guérir. This famous saying in French can be translated as “It is better to prevent than to heal.”

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Autres temps, autres mœurs. This translates to “Other times, other values.”

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  • Un malheur ne vient jamais seul. The translation of this one is “Misfortune never arrives alone.”
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  • Vouloir, c’est pouvoir. Translates as “To want is to be able,”  Perhaps another way of saying “where there’s a will there is a way.
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  • Il faut réfléchir avant d’agir. Literally translated as “One must reflect before acting,”   possibly the the English equivalent of “Look before you leap.”

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  • Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. This translates directly as “If youth only knew;
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  • if old age only could.”

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  • which is similar to the English proverb “Youth is wasted on the young.”

End of French lesson number 1!

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