French Idioms and their English meanings

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. They are usually established in language by their common usage.

Idioms are often different from a country to another country.

Here’s a few French idioms and phrases and their equivalence in English

French Idiom Literally Translated English Idiom
Il pleut des cordes It rains ropes  It rains cats and dogs
Quand les poules auront des dents When the hen will have teeth When pigs fly
On ne peut pas etre au four et au moulin You can’t be at the oven and at the mill One can’t be in two places at once
Ce n’est pas ma tasse de thé It is not my cup of tea It’s not my bowl of rice
Filer á l’anglaise To take English leave Take French leave
Avoir le vent en poupe To have the wind in one’s sails All wheels in motion
Noyer le poisson to drown the fish To beat around the bush
Jamais deux sans trois Never two without three Never twice without thrice
Courir sur le haricot To run on the bean  To get on someone’s nerve


What do you call somebody with no body and no nose?


Answer: Nobody Knows.


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If you are running in a race and pass the third-place person, what place are you in?


Answer: 3.

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Russian language Day

Numbers in Russian.

Learn to count in Russian.

Number Written Pronounced
1 один a’deen
2 два dva
3 три tri
4 четыре chetyre
5 пять pyat’
6 шесть shest
7 семь sem’
8 восемь vosem’
9 девять devyat’
10 десять desyat’
11 одиннадцать o’dinnatdsat’
12 двенадцать dve’nadtsat
13 тринадцать tri’nadsat
14 четырнадцать che’tyrnadsat’
15 пятнадцать pyat’nadtsat’
16 шестнадцать shet’nadtsat’
17 семнадцать sem’nadtsat’
18 восемьнадцать vosem’nadtsat’
19 девятнадцать devyat’nadtsat’
20 двадцать d’vadtsat’
21 двадцать один dvadsat’ odeen
30 тридцать t’ridtsat’
40 сорок sorok
50 пятьдесят pyatdesyat
60 шестьдесят shestdesyat
70 семьдесят ‘semdesyat
80 восемьдесят vosemdesyat
90 девяносто devyanosto
100 сто sto
200 двести dvesti
1,000 тысяча tysyacha


Day of the week in Russian.

English word Russian word                 Pronunciation
Monday понедельник puh-nee-DYEHL’-neek
Tuesday вторник FTOHR-neek
Wednesday среда sree-DAH
Thursday четверг cheet-VYEHRK
Friday пятница PYAHT-nee-tsuh
Saturday суббота soo-BOH-tuh
Sunday воскресенье vuhs-kree-SYEHN’-yeh

How do you say in Russian?

In English In Russian Pronunciation
Hello Здравствуйте Zdravstvuyte
Good morning доброе утро dobroye utro
Goodbye Прощай Proshchay
Please пожалуйста pozhaluysta
Thank you Спасибо Spasibo



I have a ring, but not hands, I used to be plugged into the wall but now I follow you everywhere. What am I? (Answer below)




Answer: Telephone.


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New Hire: James Davies – Translation Tools and Technology

James Davies – Translation Tools and Technology

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Top 10 Countries that speak the most languages

Which country has the largest number of languages ​​spoken?

At first, you might think of the country with the largest population, but surprisingly, the answer is not China, India or any other big country.

It is Papua New Guinea. It’s a country of only 462,840 square kilometers with a population of just over seven million. Despite its small size, this country has an incredible linguistic diversity with 820 languages ​​spoken.

Top 10 Countries

Rank Country Number of Languages
1. Papua New Guinea 830
2. Indonesia 722
3. Nigeria 500
4. India 400
5. The United States 300
6. Mexico 297
7. China 295
8. Cameroun 279
9. Congo 214
10. Australia 207


Roland Garros | French Open Tennis Facts

Roland Garros French Open

As the French Open starts here are some interesting facts for tennis fans.

Roland Garros Fun Facts:

  • Roland Garros is named after a French fighter pilot who was acknowledged as the first man to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • In 1968, it became the first Grand Slam tournament to allow amateurs and professionals to compete on equal terms.
  • The youngest French Open winner was Monica Seles at the age of 16.
  • The longest match ever was between Fabrice Santoro against Arnaud Clement in 2004. It lasted 6.35 and was won by Santoro.
  • Nearly 60,000 tennis ball are used during the tournament


World Quiche Day

How to make a quiche for World Quiche Day…


30 ml (1 3/4 cup) unbleached all purpose flour
• 2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) baking powder
• 125 ml (1/2 cup) cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
• 90 ml (6 tablespoons) of ice water
• 1 egg
• 225 g (1/2 lb.) bacon slices about 1/2 cm (1/4 “) thick, cut into bacon pieces
• 1 large onion chopped
• 500 ml (2 cups) cream
• 6 eggs
• 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) grated Gruyere cheese
• Salt and pepper

1. In the food processor, mix flour and baking powder. Add the butter and mix for a few seconds at a time, until the butter is the size of peas. Add the water, egg and mix again until the dough just starts to form. Add ice water as needed. Remove the dough from the robot and form a disc with your hands.
2. On a floured work surface, lower the dough. Darken a quiche dish 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Fold the excess dough inwards, pressing to double around. Using a fork, prick the bottom of the crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze 15 minutes.
3. Place the rack in the bottom of the oven. Preheat the oven to 190 ° C (375 ° F).
4. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, brown the bacon. Add onion and continue cooking until tender. Drain the cooking fat. Let cool.
5. In a bowl, combine the cream and eggs with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the bacon mixture and the cheese. Salt and pepper.
Pour into crust and bake for about 45 minutes or until quiche is lightly browned. Let it stand about 10 minutes

Bon Appetit

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