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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Barbara

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2018

4 replies

how on earth do you put that into english

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2018

2/12/18

What ate you referring to?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 December 2018

3/12/18

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  ..

Barbara

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2018

11/12/18

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.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

12 December 2018

12/12/18

Hi Barbara, 

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

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

Paul

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2018

1 reply

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.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 December 2018

3/12/18

Hi Paul,

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

James

Kwiziq community member

30 November 2018

1 reply

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?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 November 2018

30/11/18

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

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

maxine

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2018

1 reply

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

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 November 2018

30/11/18

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.

Laura

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2018

1 reply

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

Emily

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2018

29/11/18

Putting your foot in it.
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