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Illustrated idioms for language lovers

Enjoy corresponding idioms in different languages with through lovely illustrations: For example, the corresponding expressions for ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’ are ‘It’s raining thread’ (German), ‘It’s raining ropes (French), It’s raining washbasins (Italian). Please click on see examples.

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To have a change of heart in French

“To have a change of heart” in French means “avoir un changement de cœur”. However, in French one would rather say “changer son fusil d’épaule”, in English “to change one’s gun to the other shoulder”.

A storm in a tea cup in French..

Une tempête dans un verre d’eau” en anglais

The straw that broke the camel’s back in French refers to a vase.

The straw that broke the camel’s back in French, and other French English idioms

If you see stars in French, you see thirty-six candles

To see stars en français

To call a spade a spade in French means to call a cat.

To call a spade a spade in French/en français

A frog in the throat in French is less slimy.

To have a frog in the throat in French – en français