10 Common and Funny French idioms: Will you be able to find their meanings?

"This guy speaks English like a Spanish cow". That sentence doesn't make any sense right? But in France, it means that someone is really bad at speaking English. Absurd right? Why do we need to compare ourselves to a Spanish cow to explain that we have a terrible English level?
As every other language French is full of expressions that make very little sense for a non native speaker at the beggining.
In this article, I thus decided to do a little game. I combined ten popular and funny french sayings and their meanings. Will you be able to find the different sayings' translations and meanings?

The 10 idioms:

1) Tomber dans les pommes
2) Découvrir le pot aux roses
3) Cassez les pieds de quelqu'un
4) Se faire rouler dans la farine
5) Raconter des salades
6) Poser un lapin
7) Un coup d'épée dans l'eau
8) Donner sa langue au chat
9) En faire tout un fromage
10) Mettre les pieds dans le plat

Litteral translations and meanings (not in order...):

A) "To plant a rabbit" : Agree to a meeting with someone and decide not to come while the other person is waiting for you
B) "To make a whole cheese out of it": Extrapolate and create an insane sorry out of a small fact
C) "To fall in the apples: to pass out
D) "To tell salads": Tell false stories and lies
E) "To put your feet in the dish": Start to talk about something that nobody wants to talk about
F) "To discover the roses pot": Discovering a hoax, a secret
G) "To give one tongue to the cat": Giving up to find the answer to a question
H) To give a sword stricke in the water: do something for nothing
I) To get roll in the flour: It means that you got fooled by someone
J) To break someone's feet: To annoy, to irritate someone

THE ANSWERS

Stop scrolling here if you want to look for the answers and not "donner votre langue au chat"...

6=A, 9=B, 1=C, 5=D, 10=E, 2=F, 8=G, 7=H, 4=I, 3=J
17 août 2018
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Bonjour à tous ! My name is Jocelyn. I am 21 years old French native speaker born in Nantes (France). I am currently studying in a business school (EM Lyon) I love travelling, meeting new people and experiencing new culture. I am also a big sport fan. For the past two years I have been a tutor for French high school students in French, English and Spanish. They all had different levels from the one who once said to me “The time is beautiful” while speaking about the weather (Time and weather are spelled the same in French hence the confusion) to the ones who were practically fluent. Adapting to every students needs and level is what drives me. Seeing them progressing, meeting their goals, pass the exams for the school they were dreaming for is just wonderful. Plus, during the classes I get to know a person. I teach her somethings but I’m also learning from her. It is definitely what I love about this job. I believe that learning a new language is about fun and interaction rather than studying out of a grammar book. During our first meeting, I always ask my students what their passion are, what the subjects they will love to study are. Then, I can adapt the content of the class to fit what you love. In fact it is much more easier to learn a language through things that we love rather than through ones we are not interested in. I hope this text gives you a better understanding of who I am and how I am working. Thank you for having read all this message and I hope to see you soon for our first class! Jocelyn
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Parle:
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Bonjour à tous ! My name is Jocelyn. I am 21 years old French native speaker born in Nantes (France). I am currently studying in a business school (EM Lyon) I love travelling, meeting new people and experiencing new culture. I am also a big sport fan. For the past two years I have been a tutor for French high school students in French, English and Spanish. They all had different levels from the one who once said to me “The time is beautiful” while speaking about the weather (Time and weather are spelled the same in French hence the confusion) to the ones who were practically fluent. Adapting to every students needs and level is what drives me. Seeing them progressing, meeting their goals, pass the exams for the school they were dreaming for is just wonderful. Plus, during the classes I get to know a person. I teach her somethings but I’m also learning from her. It is definitely what I love about this job. I believe that learning a new language is about fun and interaction rather than studying out of a grammar book. During our first meeting, I always ask my students what their passion are, what the subjects they will love to study are. Then, I can adapt the content of the class to fit what you love. In fact it is much more easier to learn a language through things that we love rather than through ones we are not interested in. I hope this text gives you a better understanding of who I am and how I am working. Thank you for having read all this message and I hope to see you soon for our first class! Jocelyn
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