Learn French idioms

Improve your French vocabulary with idioms

Idioms (les expressions idiomatiques) can be tricky to understand; they are fixed expressions that must be understood in a figurative rather than literal sense.

Idioms have a cultural meaning that cannot be understood by simply reading the words alone. Although the origin of these sayings is often no longer known, native speakers frequently use them in everyday conversation.

Learning idioms is difficult but rewarding, that’s why we’ve put together lists of the most common French idioms along with examples, translations and exercises to help you take your French to the next level.