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Phrases utiles à traduire

Essayez de traduire ces phrases en anglais.

1. Jetons un coup d’oeil.

2. Ce n’est pas ta faute.

3. laisse-moi tranquille

4. qui t’a dit ça?

5. Où veux-tu que je mette tes affaires?

6. sans blague!

7. Il faut que je me sauve.

Entrainez-vous avec la vidéo.

1. Let’s have a look.
2. It’s not your fault.
3. leave me alone
4. who told you that?
5. Where do you want me to put your stuff?
6. You’re joking!
7. I’ve gotta go.

Tea Idioms

Yes, the English drink a lot of tea! Here are few expressions:

It’s not my cup of tea : ce n’est pas ma tasse de thé

I wouldn’t do it for all the tea in China: this one isn’t used very much these days (rien ne pourrait me persuader)

as good as a chocolate teapot : quelque chose inutile, qui ne sert à rien

Money idioms

Look at the following idioms about money. Which one is the best one to go into the sentences below?

Feel the pinch
Tighten your belt
Make ends meet
money down the drain
On a shoestring
In the red

Select the correct idiom to complete the following sentences:

1.When you are unemployed, it’s difficult to ______________________ on such a low income.

2.Public spending is too high. The government will have to ______________________ if it wants to reduce its level of debt.

3.Compared to Hollywood blockbusters, this film was made ______________ , with budget of just 100, 000€.

4.Much of the billions spent on cold remedies each year is simply _____________________ . Doctors should prescribe rest more than medication for colds and viruses.

5.The company lost over a billion dollars last year, the second year running its figures were ___________________ .

6.When a recession strikes, it’s often small businesses that are first to ________________ .

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Answers:
1.When you are unemployed, it’s difficult to make ends meet on such a low income.

2.Public spending is too high. The government will have to tighten its belt if it wants to reduce its level of debt.

3.Compared to Hollywood blockbusters, this film was made on a shoestring , with budget of just 100, 000€.

4.Much of the billions spent on cold remedies each year is simply money down the drain . Doctors should prescribe rest more than medication for colds and viruses.

5.The company lost over a billion dollars last year, the second year running its figures were in the red .

6.When a recession strikes, it’s often small businesses that are first feel the pinch.