What did you say ??? Let’s return to our sheep??? Huh ?
“Revenons à nos moutons” is a French idiom that actually means getting back to the topic at hand. Idioms are phrases specific to a culture that have very different meanings from the literal translation. An English example would be saying you are “in hot water” when what you actually mean is that you are “in trouble”.
Most travelers want to make the most of their travel experience. They want to learn a bit about the history and culture of the country, meet new people, and have interesting conversations with the locals.
A great way to do that is to learn a few words or sentences in the language of the country you are visiting, and French idioms and expressions are an excellent way to get started. Showing an interest in the local language and culture is always appreciated – and well worth the effort.
..and since I have the amazing luck to have been brought up fluent in both French and English, then what better way to give back to my fellow virtual travelers than by sharing the gift ? With that in mind, I will regularly share either a useful travel sentence or a typical French expression, its translation, plus an audio file with its native pronunciation. You can sprinkle these into your conversations as the opportunities arise, and as a great way to break the ice with strangers. You are sure to get a chuckle or two and acknowledgement for your efforts.
– Girl Gone Gallic