French to English

Here, some contributors ask questions about translations of French words and phrases. Other contributors answer with the range of possible answers in English. Translation is not always direct, literal, or obvious from French into English!

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What is 'plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux' when translated from French to English?

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"plus bleu que le bleu de tes yeux" is "bluer than the blue of your eyes".
Asked in History of France, French to English

What is the meaning of grand anse in french?

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'une anse' is a bay at the seaside in French. 'Grand anse' or 'Grande Anse' are placenames meaning 'large bay' in French.
Asked in French to English, Grammaire Francaise

Is the French word 'bas' feminine or masculine?

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Bas in French is masculine as a noun for "bottom" or "stocking" or as an adjective for "low" even though it has no gender as an adverb for "down" or "downstairs."
Asked in French to English, French Language and Culture

What is 'C'est mignon' when translated from French to English?

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"c'est mignon" means "that's cute" in French. Or "It's cute".
Asked in Names and Name Meanings, French to English

What is the name 'Rochelle' when translated from French to English?

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The uncapitalized word "rochelle" means "mezzanine", but the capitalized name "Rochelle" does not exist in French, although it is present in the Atlantic port town of "La Rochelle". It comes from "roc" or "roche", meaning "rock", which is what La Rochelle's harbor is built upon.
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What is 'Moi aussi mon chéri mon bébé' when translated from French to English?

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"Moi aussi mon chéri, mon bébé" is "me too my sweetheart, my baby".
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'arobase' when translated from French to English?

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Arobase in French means the typographical name for the "@" (at sign) in English.
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What is 'Il bat' when translated from French to English?

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Il bat in French means "He (it) beats" in English.
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What is 'à la claire fontaine' when translated from French to English?

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It means "at the clear fountain". It is a famous French nursery rhyme.
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What is 'une mère et un oncle' when translated from French to English?

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Une mère et un oncle in French means "a mother and an uncle" in English.
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What is 'hublot' when translated from French to English?

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Un hublot in French means "a porthole" in English.
Asked in English to French, French to English

What is 'Aimez-vous étudier le français' when translated from French to English?

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Aimez-vous étudier le français? in French means"Do you like to study French?" in English.
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'Allons Laissez les bons temps rouler avec moi' when translated from French to English?

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"Let's go! Let the good times roll with me!" is an English equivalent of the French phrase Allons! Laissez les bons temps rouler avec moi! The exclamatory statements most famously serve as a variation on the popular Cajun French song from Louisiana. The pronunciation will be "a-lo leh-sey ley bo taw roo-ley a-vek mwa" in French.
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What does ménage à trois mean in English?

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In English, the French phrase "ménage à trois" is frequently used as a equivalent for threesome. However, that would not be really understood in French, where translations for threesome as a sexual encounter are "triolisme", "amour à trois", or "trip à trois" (Quebec). In French, "un ménage à trois" is "a love triangle", in which there are the two spouses, plus a lover in the same household. This is different of a threesome in the sense (in French at least) that one of the two is unaware of what is going on between his spouse and the lover. That situation was a frequent occurence in comedies in the late nineteenth century theatre.
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'Voulez-vous coucher avec moi' when translated from French to English?

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Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? in French means "Do you want to sleep with me?" in English.
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What does 'on va ou la' mean?

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'on va où là ?' means ' where are we going there?'.
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'Je vais devoir m'y mettre' when translated from French to English?

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"je vais devoir m'y mettre" means "I will have to undertake that".
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What is 'le temps de votre vie' when translated from French to English?

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"le temps de votre vie" is "the time of your life", but it looks like a literal translation from English, it is not something a French would say.
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'Je suis heureux de vous avoir Je t'aime' when translated from French to English?

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"Je suis heureux de vous avoir, je t'aime." means "I am happy to have you, I love you."
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What is 'Bonjour mon petit pois' when translated from French to English?

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Bonjour, mon petit pois! in French means "Hello, my little pea!" in English.
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is 'Je vous déteste pour beaucoup de raisons mais je vous aime sans raison' when translated from French to English?

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"Je vous déteste pour beaucoup de raisons mais je vous aime sans raison" is "I hate you for a lot of reasons but I love you without reason".
Asked in France in WW2, French to English

What is the name 'Le Clair' when translated from French to English?

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"Le clair" is "The clear one". "Le clair de lune" is "Moonshine".