Not an uncommon phrase here (Midwest USA). "I just won a million dollars." "my friend, I want to be you!" (Related to "I wish I was/were you")
I agree some sentences are a bit odd but that really makes you think/listen because the first thought is they can't be right. Can they? I've 'taken a chance' on occasions and got the right answer.
^I totes agree. The stranger a statement seems, the more effort you'll put into making sure you understand correctly. One should always think twice or more about such stuff anyway~
In my opinion, sentences that sound bizarre are perfectly fine in DL, since oftentimes reality is way stranger than fiction.
This is a very strange sentence. I thought it was another idiomatic phrase, so I posted "My friend, I want to be like you" . Especially since one of the meanings given for "veux" is "like to think of oneself as". This is getting discouraging. At least present sensible sentences!
I knew this was the literal translation, but since it was such a bizarre thing to say figured it had to be something different. Too weird! When would anyone truly say such a weird thing in English or French unless it was someone with a personality disorder, and why is it important to be included here???? Weird...
Translation seems very weird! maybe it is the French idiom for "I wish I were you"