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French for advanced: Popular French idioms - Part 1

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Are you looking to take your French language conversations to the next level? If so, you're in luck! Incorporating popular French idioms into your conversations is a great way to sound like a native speaker and impress your friends.


Avoir la tête dans les nuages

From idioms about animals to expressions about life, there are many phrases to explore that will add some color and variety to your French language conversations.


Read on to learn more about some of the most commonly used French idioms and how to use them in a conversation..


1. "Avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre"


To have the butter and the money from the butter: This idiom means to want to have it all or to have your cake and eat it too..


2. "Poser un lapin"


To put a rabbit: This phrase means to stand someone up, or to fail to show up for a planned meeting or date.


3. "Casser les pieds à quelqu'un"


To break someone's feet: This idiom means to annoy or bother someone.


4. "Faire la grasse matinée"


To have a fat morning: This idiom is used to describe sleeping in or having a long lie-in.


5. "Être dans les nuages"


To be in the clouds: This idiom means to daydream or have your head in the clouds.


Using French Idioms in Everyday Conversation


By incorporating French idioms into your everyday conversations, you can take your language skills to the next level and impress native speakers with your fluency. So go ahead and start practicing these idioms to add a touch of French flair to your speech!.

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