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Top 20 French Conversational Phrases You Have To Know

20 French Conversational Phrases You Have To Know man woman talking smile older

One of the best ways to learn to speak French is to dive into everyday French expressions. To do so, there are films, series, songs, and above all meeting with French speaking people. If it can be a little tricky at first, it's because French speakers use conversational French phrases that are not explicitly defined in dictionaries. MOLKOÏ will help you see things more clearly.

Expression Meaning
Les doigts dans le nez Easy breezy / Effortlessly
Chacun voit midi à sa porte Each one evaluates a situation from his own standpoint
Être au taquet To give your 100%
On n'est pas sorti de l'auberge This shitty situation is far from being over
Je touche du bois Knock on wood
Je croise les doigts Fingers crossed
Il m'a posé un lapin He stood me up
Tu veux le beurre et l'argent du beurre You can't have your cake and eat it too
Il fait un froid de canard It is super cold (in the room or outside)
À tes souhaits Bless you (upon sneezing)
Mettre son grain de sel Getting involved in something that is none of your concerns
Faut pas pousser mémé dans les orties Don't over exaggerate
Se mettre sur son 31 (trente et un) Put on your most fancy clothes (for a special occasion)
Au temps pour moi My bad
Rire jaune To laugh to hide discomfort
C'est l’hôpital qui se fout de la charité That's the pot calling the kettle black
C'est la cerise sur le gâteau It's the icing on the cake
J'ai fait d'une pierre deux coups To kill two birds with one stone
J'ai d'autres chats à fouetter To have other fish to fry
Ça fait des lustres It's been a really long time


Now go ahead and shine with your best French!
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