La main dans le sac

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.

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how on earth do you put that into english

Asked 8 months ago
What ate you referring to?
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Barbara,

If you mean the expression 'La main dans le sac'?

Être pris la main dans le sac, is to be caught red-handed  ..

I mean all of those little sayings.  the cat one is  easy  guess just have to learn them par coeur..

thats the french language and why we love learning it.  I love your program and how it is presented.  I am a longtime etudiante ever since Laura first started  just like to moan occasionally.

CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Barbara, 

Another one for you which describes language learning well I feel :

Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid....

how on earth do you put that into english

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Could we please have an interface that allows us to rewind the sound ? Thanks Paul.

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Paul,

As this is a technical question could you re-post it using the Help and Support button ?

Request concerning the interface to play this sound clip.

It doesn't appear possible to rewind this sound clip. For me personally , that makes it much less useful, as you have to replay the whole thing from the beginning.  ( I have tried Firefox and Microsoft edge, so I don't think it's the web browser).

Could we please have an interface that allows us to rewind the sound ? Thanks Paul.

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The meaning of `Jurer` - to swear

Does the verb `Jurer` - to swear, have optional meanings as it does in English, i.e. to swear an oath or to curse?
Asked 8 months ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

It is sometimes helpful to use an online dictionary like, e.g., this one:

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/jurer

The meaning of `Jurer` - to swear

Does the verb `Jurer` - to swear, have optional meanings as it does in English, i.e. to swear an oath or to curse?

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"....nos jambes a notre cou !" Pourquoi est-ce que le mot "cou", n'est pas en forme pluriel?

Asked 8 months ago
ChrisC1Correct answer
French differs a bit from English in this respect. In French, the focus is more on the single person. ...our legs at our neck: one person has one neck. In English you would say ... our legs at our necks, arguing that there are multiple persons and hence more than one neck. Not so in French.

"....nos jambes a notre cou !" Pourquoi est-ce que le mot "cou", n'est pas en forme pluriel?

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Qu'est-ce que signifie "mettre les pieds dans le plat"?

Asked 8 months ago
EmilyB2Correct answer
Putting your foot in it.

Qu'est-ce que signifie "mettre les pieds dans le plat"?

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