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"Mon pays me manque."

Translation:I miss my country.

March 2, 2013



Could you also say je manque mon pays? This phrase seems to be idiomatic as literally it is saying "my country misses me" - which you could also say in English more of in a joking fashion, but would have a different conotation. Googling "je manque mon pays" I only get 28 uses, which is super low, and the uses don't really seem to come from convincingly native language sources...


No, this isn't idiomatic, it just has to do with a difference between French and English of the idea of "missing" something. In English, I miss my country, because the subject of the sentence is the one that does the "missing." In French, the subject is the one that does the "getting missed". It's hard to switch gears getting used to it.

Just remember: "Tu me manques" actually means "I miss you", and not "you miss me" which is what it looks like.


Thanks, that makes sense, and looking it up (wordreference, about.com), (and correct me if I am wrong) it seems to refers to missing in the sense of "feeling longing for." But not in the sense of actually having something missing, like if your child was lost, or if you were to "miss" the train.

(Though all these use the same verb) In Spanish there are some verbs like this that act similar, gustar, quedar, parecer, faltar etc. Are there other French words which can act in the same fashion as Manquer?


I'm not a French speaker, so I can't tell you for certain about whether or not there are other verbs like this.

Manquer can mean the other things you said like "miss a train" but the difference is whether the train is the direct object, or indirect object.

"Je manque le train" would be "I am failing to catch the train" but "Je manque au train" would be "The train longs for me". It is more obvious if I use "him", so "Je le manque" is "I miss him" as in he and I are not meeting one another because "he" is the direct object in this construction. This contrasts "Je lui manque" which means "He misses me" because here "he" is the indirect object.

Hopefully Sitesurf or someone will see this and correct any inaccuracies.


if this is true,il me manque can be translated in both ways?


Nope. Il me manque = I miss him Je lui manque = He misses me

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I don't have a list, but if you think "manquer" is interesting, here's another one for you to investigate: intéresser. It behaves the same way, meaning the usual verb-action seems inverted to our usual way of thinking. That's why it takes some extra effort to get our heads around these verbs: they are not just straight-across, "same as English" verbs.


There are other verbs like rater, faillir that have similiar meanings to manquer, in the sense of failure.

"Il nous a tiré, mais les coups nous a raté." means "He fired at us, but the shots missed us."

"Faillir" is a funny verb that means literally "to fail", but is generally used to denote something that nearly happened but fortunately didn't. "Le navire a failli toucher un rocher." means "The ship nearly hit (i.e. narrowly missed) a rock."


I can't help reading it as a piece of non-news when I come across it, informing the reader that something didn't happen!


It's the same in Egyptian Arabic, the subject is the one getting missed انت واحشني، واحشني يابن عمي واحشني و كلام الناس حايشني هههههه :D


Would it be accurate/helpful to think of it as "You are missing from me?"


I find it useful to think of tu me manques as you are missing to me.


Thanks, you made that clear. It is difficult for English speakers to realize that it is reversed, but it makes sense now.


This is as I understood. However, the previous exercise was "Tu manques un bon repas." You are missing a good meal. This construction was the reverse of what I expected. The meal should have been the subject- Un bon repas te manque. ???


Then how would you actually say “you miss me”?


I think of this verb to mean to be missed by. So you missed me is I was missed by you. The present tense would be Je te manque. Past tense. Je t'ai manqué, or perhaps better, Je te manquais.


So, this becomes, "My country, I miss."


Actually, more like "My country is missed by me." There are other verbs that act similarly, such as plaire: Cela me plait = That is pleasing to me, or I am pleased by it.


It's all very logical

If you have an amputated leg, your leg is what is missing to you.

If your boyfriend is gone, your boyfriend is missing to you.

Tu me manques = You are what is missing to me


Ok. here we go. Bear with me.

As PATLAF says, in English the subject of the sentence is the one that does the "missing." I miss my country, whereas in French, the subject is the one that gets "missed": "Tu me manques" is "I miss you", and not "you miss me".

[This is because transitive verbs (the action falls on someone/thing else other than the doer) are not always the same in the two languages. The same situation applies to intransitive verbs (the action falls on the doer). This will determine whether we use an "a" before the object of the verb or not. Plus, some verbs are reflexive in one language and not in the other one.

Now the verb "manquer" can be used with different meanings which would make it to act at times as an intransitive verb and at other times as a transitive verb. IN THIS CASE "manquer" is an intransitive verb.]

So as JOSH5NOW says: 'manquer' translates as 'to be missed by' (roughly), not 'to miss.' Furthermore as JOSH5NOW adds: depending of the meaning of "manquer" (like "miss a train") there will be an impact on "the train" being the direct object, or indirect object of the verb "manquer". And this will determine whether to use an "a" before the "train" or not:

"Je manque le train" would be "I am failing to catch the train" but "Je manque au train" would be "The train longs for me". It is more obvious if I use "him", so "Je le manque" is "I miss him" as in he and I are not meeting one another because "he" is the direct object in this construction expressed as le. This contrasts "Je lui manque" which means "He misses me" because here "he" is the indirect object expressed as lui.

Again: Je lui manque(intransitive verb) (a quelq'un) Somebody misses me (is longing for me) "Je le manque (transitive verb)" "I miss him" (as in he and I are not meeting one another or I am following him and can't see him anymore)

Now as JROBINSON says in the case we are talking about, "manquer" has the meaning of "feeling longing for." Not in the sense of actually having something missing, like if your child were lost, or if you were to "miss" the train.

Let's see some examples:

l'argent qui leur manque the money they are short of

Le temps leur manque. They're short of time.

Now in the sense of "feeling longing for.

My country misses me. Je lui manque, a mon pays

or Mon pays, je lui manque.

Je manque a mon pays my country misses me,

Je manque a quelq'un Somebody misses me

Je lui manque (a quelq'un) Somebody misses me (is longing for me)

"Je le manque" "I miss him" (as in he and I are not meeting one another or I am following him and can't see him anymore)

Il me manque I miss him

Quelq'un me manque Somebody misses me

Je manque au train" would be "The train longs for me

je te manque You miss me (I am missed by you)

je leur manque they miss me

tu me manques I miss you a lot

tu lui manques he/she misses you

tu nous manques we miss you

tu leur manques they miss you

elle me manque I miss her

Ma sœur me manque.

Il me manque I miss him

Il me manque un renseignement. There's one piece of information I still need.

tu me manques ; vous me manquez ; I miss you

tu leur manquais they missed you

tu leur manqueras they will miss you

ils leur ont beaucoup manqué they missed them a lot

il leur a beaucoup manqué they missed him a lot

vous leur avez beaucoup manqué they missed you a lot

nous leur avons beaucoup manqué they missed us so much

ils leur manquent they miss them

ils lui manquent He misses them

ils me manquent I miss them.

This is pretty much the same as in to like something or someone: I like it .. Il me plait.


Two last sentences should be in Eng: he misses them and I miss them, correct? It can get confusing quickly....


Correct!!!! My mistake!!!! I was halfasleep. Let me correct it ASAAP! Done As July 18 2017.


"Manquer" is one of those 'unique verbs' (this is what I call them) that exists in French. They don't translate as literal as you think.

"Manquer" literally translated as "To be missing from", that is why the subject and the object pronouns are switched.

Look at these examples:

Tu me manques = You are missing from me = I miss you

Je te manque = I am missing from you = You miss me

Mon pays me manque = My country is missing from me = I miss my country

Je manque à mon pays = I am missing from my country = My country misses me

Pretty romantique right? That's one of the reasons why I love French.


Plaisir is another verb of this kind. Instead of "liking" someone, strictly speaking it means something like "to be appealing for someone" or simply to appeal to someone. Il/elle me plaît: I like him/her.


How would you say "my country misses me", then?


"Je manque a mon pays," I'm pretty sure.

(Accent above the 'a')


I understand the concept of missing, my question is why is country plural? "mon pays" My countrieS are missed by me?


Pays is both the singular and the plural. In this case, because of the mon, we know it is singular.


"Mon" is always singular


I miss my homeland... Rejected. My country or homeland mean the same thing in UK English


"Homeland" carries additional emotional connotation that "country" does not, even when used with the possessive.


Are there any other verbs like manquer?

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    Why is "I am missing my country" wrong?


    It shouldn't be. Please use the report button next time! :)


    Glad I read all 57 comments


    Lol, I read it as 'My country misses me'


    If you're interested in the background of this phenomenon, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thematic_relation -- in general, we're used to the subject being the agent or perhaps the experiencer, not the stimulus.


    I remember learning in high school that the French cannot "miss" things/people. However, things/people "are lacking to them". For example, if " I miss my mother" in french I must say " my mother is laking to me", or ma mère me manque.


    It would be nice if duolingo gave some sort of notice for these exceptions and explained the reasons behind it instead of losing hearts for no reason when encountering new concepts :c


    Manquer has been covered in previous lessons on the tree. In those examples it was all about who was missing who. The only difference is that here it is about missing a country.


    In fairness to the other poster, it's been a while since 'manque' has been in the lessons. I keep notes of each lesson and I'm currently on p. 170 of the notes. Manque last appeared on p. 87. It's not exactly frequently reinforced.


    Or who was missing whom


    Is 'pays' pronounced like "pee"


    So how is it pronounced?


    The closest English word I can think of is payee.


    I think of Se manquer as the Agincourt verb,- a battle so long ago that it is most often mentioned in Shakespeare. But se manquer is definitely pay back. All you can do is think of it logically then spin it around! Add. Whoever is downvoting people expressing exasperation with this very difficult verb, please stop. You may not like my playful mention of Agincourt, fair enough, but others saying they are stuck, baffled, etc, should NOT be downvoted. This is an interactive site, that is how we learn. Mutual support is not wrong and some very useful clarification is not unusual.


    My country is missed by me


    This is the perfect example where a Latin language is different from a germanic language. In Portuguese this makes perfect sense. It would be "Meu país me faz falta", but in English is a little bit confusing, because the phrase structure is different.


    It seems easier for me to remember it this way "you, myself misses" or "my country, myself misses".


    It looks like my country misses me. Is it just a rule of French, or am i crazy?


    It has already been discussed in detail in this thread that the subject in sentences using manquer (at least in this specific context) is the thing being missed while the object is the one missing something.

    If you don't already do so, please read through the comments before you ask questions to see if your question has already been answered.


    It's easy for me to remember once I think - il me manque= he is gone (/missing) FROM me. Bring native English, using "miss" at all confuses me


    Where are the notes you are meant to read before each lesson?


    There should be units devoted to this verb!


    Then what is "My country misses me"?


    I am homesick?.... Was wrong.


    @preste you have elaborated this verb very beautifully and was very helpful but you have written quelqu'un me manque=somebody misses me but actually it will be i miss somebody.


    why is false to say :my country misses me?


    There's nothing weird about the verb "manquer," it just works differently than we're used to in English. Don't think about "manquer" as a verb meaning "to miss" because that's not what it means in the context of "missing a person" in English. It's not a word meaning "to miss" that you have to use in a weird way in sentences because it's a special verb. It means "to lack" or "to be missed". It only means "to miss" when you're talking about missing a train, for instance.

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