Accueil » Life in France » Intraduisible #24 Coup de

Intraduisible #24 Coup de

LES INTRADUISIBLES : Coup de

We’ve all experienced those moments when you are struck by a feeling of something, whether it be a moment of love, tiredness or even old age! In English, it is often difficult to describe these sudden, out-of-the-blue moments because they are often triggered by an instinctive reaction to something.

However, the French have devised a phrase that allows us to describe exactly this feeling: ‘coup de [quelquechose]’*. Literally meaning a ‘knock’ or ‘bang’, a ‘coup de [quelquechose]’ is figuratively used to when we are hit by these sudden feelings.

The phrase can be used in a number of ways and perhaps the most common usage is a ‘coup de foudre’, which literally means a ‘lightning strike’, but is figuratively used to describe the feeling of love at first sight or the point of being madly in love.

Mon ami a eu un coup de foudre pour sa copine
My friend fell madly in love with his girlfriend

Other usages of the phrase include a ‘coup de fatigue’, which is a feeling of sudden tiredness, or a ‘coup de vieux’, which is a sudden moment of feeling old.

*Please note that the letter ‘p’ is silent in the phrase ‘coup de [qqch]’!

 

Click HERE for more of our favourite “untranslatable” expressions!
sean-mcauliffe-12854-unsplash

See also...


See also…


Reviews

“I was placed with a lovely family in the suburbs of Paris. They have welcomed me into their family and definitely provided me with insight into life and cultural practices in France. On multiple occasions they invited me for dinner!”

— Andrew

Accommodation

Accommodation in France - Street Montmartre

Help Settling in

Help Settling In - Suitcases Dog Small

Free Velib Pass

Free Velib Pass - Bicycle in Paris

Transportation

Transportation - Metropolitain Paris Sepia

Our Community

Our Community - Birds Red

Stay connected

Stay Connected - Hello Flowers - Echagne linguistique gratuit

Blog

Help Settling In Bonjour - Life in France

FRENCH CUISINE

French cuisine - Jobs in France - Macaroons

Calendar & Good deals

Calendar & good deals - Fruit Market

Job description

Job description - Workshop

Salary and benefits

Bird - Salary Benefits Apply Flexible hours

Working hours

Flexible Working Hours - Animals Zoom

Our Philosophy

Learn a foreign language - Our Philosophy - Birds Green Background

Learn how to teach

Birds - Learn how to teach

Learn French

Learn French - River Canal

Referral Programme

Work in France - Thank You - Invite your friends

Free guided tours

Free guided tours in Paris - Balloons

Cultural Outings

Cultural Outings - Notre Dame Free Guided Tour

Study in France

Study in France - Tour Eiffel and Carroussel

Free French classes

a picture of swallows

Testimonials

Testimonials - Rocket and Stars

Notre histoire

Notre Histoire - Pieds Enfant

English Speaking Jobs in Paris

English Speaking Jobs in Paris - Place des Vosges - Teaching English

Mardis de Babylangues

Language Exchange - Mardis de Babylangues - Echange Linguistique gratuit

Reviews

Babylangues reviews - English speaking jobs in france

Trips & Excursions

Trips & Excursions - Map of France

French Cinema

French Cinema - Projector Old

French traditions

French traditions - Accordion

English Speaking Jobs in Lyon

Jobs in Lyon - Lyon

Intraduisibles

Intraduisibles - Dictionnaire traduction
Babylangues