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Top French expressions you won't learn at school

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Top French expressions you won't learn at school
Who said learning French couldn't be fun? Check out these 12 French expressions they don't teach at school. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP
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Learning French in school can be all about the grammar and pronunciation. But the French language is positively packed with some bizarre, hilarious and poetic turns of phrase, that you can use every day to impress the locals, and express exactly what's on your mind. Here's 12 of the best.

The way French is taught at school (remember être and avoir verbs?) can often be about as thrilling as watching paint dry.

Things would have been a lot more interesting if our teachers had taught us a few of the more fun, bizarre but easy-to-use French expressions that are out there.  And there are plenty of them. 

Here at The Local, we've taken it upon ourselves to select some of the best and most colourful French expressions, that you wouldn't have picked up in a classroom. Click on the link below to se our top 12.


Use them on a daily basis to ingratiate yourself with your neighbours or quite possibly reduce them to fits of laughter.

See how many of these you've had cause to deploy.

Let us know some more great French expressions that you won't learn at school, and we'll include them. Email us at

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