Quiz: Can You Translate These Popular French Sayings into English?
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Can You Translate These Popular French Sayings into English?
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

It IS a small world after all. The reason may be due to many phrases and terms that have entered the English language over the centuries from France, Spain, Germany, and many other countries. For example, there are quite a few French words commonly used today in both the French and English languages that are used interchangeably. So much so, that one might say French phrases have entered every aspect of our life from movies, (film noir, cinéma vérité) to fashion, (avant-garde and haute couture) to relationships (femme fatale and ménage à trois). But most especially, our cuisine (bon appétit, soup du jour, and crème brûlée.)

However, if you think by answering this quiz there may occur a faux pas (false step), not to worry, sans faire rien (it doesn't matter) you'll relish the Joie de vivre (a feeling of exuberance) when you tell others of your high score. They will think you have a special Je ne sais quoi (a positive, indescribable characteristic or literally, 'I know not what.') But don't take our word for it. Grab a café au lait and a croissant and find out how accurately you grasp the French language. Start the quiz now.

Merci beaucoup.


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What does "Avant-garde" mean in English?
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What does "Nouveau riche" mean in English?
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What is the literal translation of "Sacré bleu" in English?
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What does "Tour de force" mean in English?
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What does "Vis-à-vis" mean in English?
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What does "Tête-à-tête" mean in English?
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What does "Savoir-faire" mean in English?
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What does "Sang-froid" mean in English?
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What does "Raison d'être" mean in English?
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What is the literal translation of "Cinéma vérité" in English?
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What does "Quelle horreur" mean in English?
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What "Pièce de résistance" mean in English?
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What does "Nom de guerre" mean in English?
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What does "Mardi Gras" mean in English?
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What does "N'est-ce pas?" mean in English?
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What is the literal translation of "Esprit de corps" in English?
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What does "Film noir" mean in English?
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What does "Faux pas" mean in English?
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What is the literal translation of "Femme fatale" in English?
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What does "Haute couture" mean in English?
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What does "Coup de grâce" mean in English?
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What does "Enfant terrible" mean in English?
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What is the literal translation of "De rigueur" in English?
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What does "Cause célèbre" mean in English?
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