funny french sayings with animals, food and some slang...




Popular french sayings are part of every child's life, more so if they had a grandmother like mine who relished them and used it often to prove her point.
All the quotes or proverbs on this page are commonly used by people in France and it will give you a very particular insight into the french psyche.
First is the literal translation and a corresponding english saying, if there is one.

french sayings with animals

  • tête de mule
  • mule head. stubborn

  • gai comme un pinson
  • happy as a finch. lark in english

  • fourmis dans les jambes
  • ants in your legs. ants in your pants

  • il pleut comme vache qui pisse
  • it rains like a pissing cow. it rains real hard

  • copain comme cochon
  • friend like pig. good friend

  • entre chien et loup
  • between dog and wolf. the hour before sunset

  • ne pas vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué
  • don't sell the bear's skin before killing it. don't count your chickens before they've hatched

  • parler français comme une vache espagnole
  • speaking french like a spanish cow. difficulties speaking french

  • quand les poules auront des dents
  • when chickens will have teeth. never

  • la chair de poule
  • chicken skin. goose bumps

  • qui vole un oeuf, vole un boeuf
  • who steals an egg steals a steer. a thief is a thief

  • excitée comme une puce
  • excited like a flea. jumping around





french sayings with food

  • tomber dans les pommes
  • to fall in the apples. to faint

  • pleurer comme une madeleine
  • crying like a madeleine(Proust cookie). crying hard

  • mettre de l'eau dans son vin
  • to put water in one's wine. to be more conciliant

  • manger les pissenlits par la racine
  • eat the dandelions by the roots. my personal favorite for speaking about being dead

  • couper la poire en deux
  • cut the pear in half. share responsability

  • vas te faire cuire un oeuf
  • go and cook yourself an egg. when you don't want to answer somebody

  • pousser comme un champignon
  • growing like a mushroom. growing fast

  • mettre du beurre dans les épinards
  • to put butter in the spinach. get financially ahead

  • les carottes sont cuites
  • carrots are cooked. it's the end

  • vouloir le beurre et l'argent du beurre
  • to want the butter and the money from the butter. being greedy

  • avoir l'estomac dans les talons
  • to have the stomach in the heels. being hungry

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slang in french sayings

  • avoir le cul bordé de nouilles
  • to have the ass lined with noodles. lucky bastard

  • chier une pendule
  • to chit a grandfather clock. to get your panties in a bunch

  • pisser dans in violon
  • to pee in a violin. useless action

  • enculer les mouches
  • to fuck the flies. to split hairs

  • avoir du cul
  • to have some ass. to be lucky

  • péter plus haut que son cul
  • to fart higher than one's ass. to be pretentious

  • être dans la merde
  • to be in shit.

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common french sayings in the south

  • s'empéguer
  • to get drunk

  • ça pégue
  • it sticks

  • tu m'escagass
  • you are getting on my nerves

  • un pitchoune, une pitchounette
  • a little kid boy and girl



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