La main dans le sac

"La main dans le sac" has been shared to the blog from the French reading exercises section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills. This article also has audio for you to practice your French listening skills; you can find many more listening activities in the French listening practice section.

La main dans le sac / Red-handed
Learn or practice some idiomatic French expressions in this bilingual caper. Click any phrase for the English translation and links to relevant French grammar lessons. (narrated by Aurélie)

Criminal intent

Author info

Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!

Laura K Lawless

Laura is Kwiziq's Language and Marketing Coordinator. Online educator since '99, Laura is passionate about language, travel, and cooking. She's American by birth and a permanent ex-pat by choice - freelancing made it possible for her to travel extensively and live in several countries before settling permanently in Guadeloupe. Laura is the author of Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, and other websites and books on French, Spanish, English, and vegetarianism. She spends most of her spare time reading, playing with food, and enjoying water sports.

Comments: 7


17 November 2016

This was really difficult with unusual idioms. I would have been stumped without the dual text.

Aaron Kern

26 November 2016

Comme j'aime bien lire les romans de George Simenon, j'ai trouve la vocabulaire additionale tres utile. (Crime and justice vocab list). Par ceux qui aime bien lire les romans policiers, je vous recommend fortement ce ecrivain.


13 March 2017

1 replies

Great text and great job in respect of translation and references. Thank you so much for your efforts.

Aurélie Drouard

20 March 2017

Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil message Shereen !

If you liked this text, have a look at "Histoires d'animaux" on the blog :)

À bientôt !


13 March 2017

2 replies

I only wish someone read this for us :)

Aurélie Drouard

20 March 2017

The recording for this text is coming soon!

Bear with us!

Gruff Davies

12 April 2017

We've recorded this for you now. Check it out!

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