Funny sayings in different languages

Some of my favorite ones include:

  1. The French don’t “piss you off”… they “❤❤❤❤ you off” (Faire chier quelqu’un).

  2. The French don’t call you “idiotic”… they call you “as dumb as a broom” (Être con comme un balai).

  3. The French don’t “blow you off”… they “give you the rake” (Se prendre un râteau).

  4. The French don’t tell you that “they don’t care”… they tell you that “they care about it like they care about their very first shirt” (S’en foutre comme de sa première chemise).

  5. The French don’t say “this is annoying me”… they say “I’m getting swollen by this” (Ça me gonfle).

  6. The French don’t tell you to “leave them alone”… they tell you to “go and cook yourself an egg” (Aller se faire cuire un œuf).

  7. The French don’t tell you that “you’re grumpy”… they tell you that “you’re farting sideways” (Avoir un pet de travers).

  8. The French don’t “go crazy”… they “break a fuse” (Péter un plomb).

  9. The French are not “bumbling”… they have “their two feet in the same clog” (Avoir les deux pieds dans le même sabot).

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  1. The French don’t tell you “to mind your own business”… they tell you “to deal with your own onions” (Occupe-toi de tes oignons).

  2. The French are not “broke”… they are “scythed like wheat fields” (Être fauché comme les blés).

  3. The French are not “very lucky”… they have “as much luck as a cuckold” (Avoir une veine de cocu).

  4. The French don’t say “it’s useless”… they say “it’s like pissing in a violin” (Pisser dans un violon).

  5. The French are not “ungrateful”… they “spit in the soup” (Cracher dans la soupe).

  6. The French don’t “fuss about something”… they “make a whole cheese about it” (En faire tout un fromage).

  7. The French don’t “give someone a tongue-lashing”… they “yell at them like they’re rotten fish” (Engueuler quelqu’un comme du poisson pourri).

  8. French men don’t “sleep around”… they “dip their biscuit” (Tremper son biscuit).

  9. The French are not “big-headed”… they “fart higher than their ass is located” (Péter plus haut que son cul).

  10. The French don’t “shup someone up”… they “nail someone’s beak” (Clouer le bec de quelqu’un).

  11. The French are not “tired”… they have their head up their ass (Avoir la tête dans le cul).

  12. The French do not speak of something “out of the blue”… they speak of something “that has nothing to do with sauerkraut” (Ca n’a rien à voir avec la choucroute).

December 5, 2016


Say all of this and you can be considered as the perfect French beauf :D

1-3-5-8 and maybe 11 are probably the most commons

You have some more here : -

I can explain some if you want but I don't feel like translating them all haha

Also you need to read it with an accent from northern France to say them right, (basically say "o" instead of "a" and "oué" instead of "oi")

December 5, 2016

Thanks for the tips, I`ll definitely use some of them!

December 5, 2016

In Germany, we don't say "let me hug you," we say " lass mich deine seele dem herrscher der finsternis opfern" Which translates to "I never want to let you go,"

and I think that's beautiful.

December 6, 2016


December 6, 2016

You can almost feel the hug with those words

December 6, 2016

You should plug that into google translate though :3

December 6, 2016

Hahaha! I just put that into google translate and I am freaked out but laughing at the same time. I'll try saying this to some people that speak some German. Can't stop laughing.

December 6, 2016

I'm just happy to learn sauerkraut is choucroute, the German for English speakers course doesn't give a translation for it xD

And most of those are either pretty old or region specific. As dorianbtdp pointed out, you probably won't find a French person who uses all the expressions on this list.

December 6, 2016

Yea I wouldn't use all but some of the last ones people will understand and are pretty funny, especially 11 and 8.

December 6, 2016

If I haven't used them alll, I've at least heard them all, except maybe the rotten fish... but I knew it existed, so prolly I've heard it at least once.

May 7, 2019

Crazy, Matski02!

December 5, 2016

thats cool

December 5, 2016

Thank you.

December 6, 2016

French Canadians are back ! Will be practicing these on them. Thanks

December 6, 2016

Il faudrait écrire un topic comme celui là dans toutes les langues :)

December 6, 2016

Peut-être un jour. ;)

December 6, 2016

(and he is at the 6th level only....)

December 6, 2016

Yes but I go to a French school and I understand most of these. ;)

December 6, 2016

I am so sorry ... I was waiting for an updated list when your French tree had been completely golden! (Thanks again, anyway)

December 6, 2016


December 8, 2016
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