Tricky French Translations

Don't get confused by these translations


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Tricky French Translations

The following are sentences that initially confused me when I started learning French because I was translating them literally into English.

C'est pas du français. It's not grammatically correct, formal French. [not the French language in general]

La Norvège n'est pas en Europe. Norway is not in the European Union. [not Europe as a continent]

J'ai laissé un petit mot pour toi. I left a little note for you. [not word]

Tu déjeunes pas ? You aren't eating breakfast? [not lunch]

Normalement, elle arrive à 15h. If everything goes as planned, she will arrive at 3 PM. [not normally or usually]

Tes parents s'ennuient de toi ? Do your parents miss you? [not get bored with]

Tu veux te baigner aujourd'hui ? Do you want to go swimming today? [not take a bath]

J'ai mal aux reins. My lower back hurts. [not kidneys]

On a déjà donné à manger au chat. We've already fed the cat. [not give to eat]

Elle l'a connu en Italie. She met him in Italy. [not known]


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