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Ten 'untranslatable' French words translated

The Local · 16 Oct 2013, 14:30

Published: 16 Oct 2013 14:30 GMT+02:00

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Have you ever read a French word and struggled for what seemed like an eternity to come up with the English translation, before giving up in frustration? Well you're not alone and perhaps you were not to blame.

The simple fact is that French is home to many words and phrases that just don't translate easily into English, if at all.

This is naturally of no concern to the French themselves, who happily go on using them, so we thought it was important to highlight a few of the most common and offer up some translations.

This list (click below) is just to get the ball rolling. Help us build it up by sending in your own suggestions for 'untranslatable' French words and we will add them in. 

Ten 'untranslatable' French words in English

by Naomi Firsht

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What words have we missed? Help us build up this list by sending in your own suggestions for 'untranslatable' French words and we will add them in.  Either use the comments section below or email us at news@thelocal.fr

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