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Meaning of “Je suis ce que je suis”

There is an interesting sentence Je suis ce que je suis. Now I've got two versions of its meaning, one of which is I am what I follow. while the other is I follow what I am Both ...
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Original French phrasing of “The more fools the merrier”

In English we have the phrase “The more the merrier”, meaning the more people there are the more festive and enjoyable that a situation will be. I've seen in, translation, that French has a similar ...
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Il pousse plus de choses dans un jardin que n'en sème le jardinier [duplicate]

What is the n' for in this sentence? Il pousse plus de choses dans un jardin que n'en sème le jardinier If I remove that n', will that be bad grammar? Or will it fine grammar but mean something ...
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A partir de quelles expressions connues sont composées ces phrases ?

Pour ma licence de traductologie, je dois trouver les phraséologismes sur lesquels sont basées les phrases ci-dessous: "bonne chasse et pêche et que la viande coule à flots" "se faire prendre les ...
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What is a good French equivalent for “least said, soonest mended”?

Does anyone know a good French equivalent for "least said, soonest mended"?
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Un proverbe français équivalant à « What's good for the goose is good for the gander » ?

Existe-t-il un proverbe français équivalent à l'expression idiomatique anglaise « What's good for the goose is good for the gander » ? Je suis à la recherche d'un proverbe et non d'une traduction ...
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What does “Shershe la fam” exactly mean?

Can anyone explain the meaning of "Shershe la fam" phrase. I know this phrase written incorrectly, but it sounds very closely to this one. Thanks
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Comme on connaît ses saints, on les honore

The translation of this appears to be: To know a friend is to respect him That's completely different from the meaning of the French words. What's the logic behind the original French sentence? ...
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“Virtue is its own reward”

Est-ce qu'il y a un équivalent en français qui rend aussi bien ? J'ai trouvé des exemples en latin, donc cette expression doit avoir un certain pédigrée.
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French equivalent for “Cloud Cuckoo Land”?

Is there a French equivalent to the English phrase "Cloud Cuckoo Land"? This noun phrase is used to describe an imaginary place that a person is in when they the speaker believes that they're hoping ...
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Best French equivalent to “two peas in a pod”? — Équivalent français de l'expression « like two peas in a pod »

In English, there's the expression "like two peas in a pod", which refers to two things—often people—that are very similar to each other. For example, you might say: We liked the same places, the ...
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Comment traduiriez-vous le proverbe anglais « there’s honor among thieves »?

Le New American Oxford Dictionary dit de ce proverbe : there's honor among thieves: (proverb) dishonest people may have certain standards of behavior that they will respect. Je cherche non pas ...
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What does “Il faut manger moins de fromage que de pain” mean?

Yesterday one of my French colleagues said that "Il faut manger moins de fromage que de pain." I've been googling this French proverb but I couldn't find any deep meaning under this sentence; does ...
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Traduire « the other side of the coin »?

A literal, simplistic translation, would be l'autre coté du coin. But my experience with idioms is that this is likely to be wrong, because most of them DON'T translate word for word from one ...
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Comment traduire « curiosity killed the cat » ?

Je ne connais pas d'équivalent en français. Excepté « la curiosité est un vilain défaut ».
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Translating the Dutch expression “Ere wie ere toekomt” to French?

How can you translate Dutch expression Ere wie ere toekomt (meaning roughly “credit where due”) in French? I found this in Concise dictionary of European proverbs: à chacun selon ses œuvres à ...
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What is an equivalent idiom in French for the English expression “not over until the fat lady sings”?

A common expression in English is, “it's not over until the fat lady sings”. This idiom carries a meaning which is hard to express in French - it basically means that some situation is not yet ...