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French Idioms - A is for Pomme
"Pierre, your exchange student, has a penchant for using idiomatic French. Even though you studied French in school, you sometimes have trouble understanding him. He agrees to introduce you to an alphabet of idioms, but you have to guess the meanings."
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Pierre tells you, "Sophie et Hélène sont amies comme cochons." What relationship do Sophie and Hélène have with each other?
They are lesbian lovers.
They are fair-weather friends.
They are thick as thieves.
They have a love-hate relationship.
I asked Pierre if he was any good at math. He replied, "Je ne suis pas un aigle." How should I rate his math skills?
Pierre is an average math student.
Pierre is a math genius.
Pierre is "no great shakes."
Pierre is better at history.
You are rearranging furniture in your house and Pierre is helping you. He's happy to move chairs and lamps, but when you ask him to help move a large bookcase, he groans and replies, "C'est une autre paire de manches!" What does he mean?
That's another nail in the coffin.
That's a horse of a different color!
Tomorrow is another day!
That's another of life's great mysteries!
If Pierre tells me he is "aux abois", is that a good thing?
I ask Pierre what he thinks of his science teacher. He says, "Il a une araignée au plafond!" What's wrong with his teacher?
He is a boring teacher!
Nothing, he's great!
He is crazy!
I'm shopping on Ebay when Pierre shakes his head worriedly and comments, "Tu va acheter chat en poche". What is he warning me about?
You're buying a pig in a poke.
You're wasting your time on the internet.
You're spending too much money.
Your Ebay rating is very low.
I'm very happy to have Pierre staying with me, but sometimes he is so messy! He never cleans up after himself. I tell him he's a slob, and he replies, "Wow! Tu n'y vas pas par quatre chemins!" What is he saying about me?
You're a neat-freak!
You don't beat around the bush!
You're a mean person!
You're just as messy as I am!
Pierre explains that "être aux anges" (or "être aux oiseaux" in Canada) means what?
To be dead
To be religious
To be snobby
To be delighted
In order to improve his English, Pierre decided to join the debate team. After his first debate, I asked him how he had fared. "Je suis arrivé dans un fauteuil" he answered. Did he win?
Pierre doesn't get along with Klaus, the German exchange student at school. One day, Pierre comes home and tells me that when forced to work together as chemistry lab partners, "nous avons accordé nos violons". What have Klaus and Pierre done?
They have come to blows.
They have come to an agreement.
They are giving each other the silent treatment.
They got an A on their science project.
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Compiled May 24 13