I feel like I’m making up a phrase with my limited, but growing, French Language abilities.

A direct translation on google translate does appear to carry the meaning that I intend: Loosely, “Get up and live” or more specifically, “Get up / Stand up for yourself and live your life.” But is this actually the case or would it be confusing to the native French speaker?

  • No native speaker. Here is my two cents. I would say something like : "leve-toi et vis ta vie".
    – Dimitris
    Commented May 29, 2020 at 13:44
  • Specifically, are you asking about "Get up, Stand Up" by Bob Marley and The Wailers? I've heard it translated as « Lève-toi, debout » et « Lève-toi, tiens debout ».
    – livresque
    Commented May 29, 2020 at 22:22

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There is a difference if the original sentence is "Get up and live" or "Stand up for yourself and live your life".

If it's the former, Dimitris' answered it correctly, and I agree with him on the "strong" feeling around it.

If it's the latter, it would be closer to something like:

Affirme-toi et vis ta vie.

Which makes more sense than litterally standing up. Depending on references, it could also be translated as Défends-toi or Ne te laisse pas marcher sur les pieds, the idea still being the same.

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    +1. Bravo for this excellent answer.
    – Dimitris
    Commented May 29, 2020 at 14:12
  • Selon le contexte, je proposerais aussi "assume-toi et vis ta vie".
    – Adrien
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 7:45
  • @Adrien Oui, j'aime bien cette suggestion également, par exemple dans le contexte d'un "Tanguy" ou de quelqu'un qui vit au crochet de quelqu'un d'autre.
    – Reyedy
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 7:51

I am neither native speaker of English nor of French. Here's my two cents if I understood correctly the desired idea in English (at least of the "Get up and live" part; cf. the much more elaborated answer of @Reydey). I would say something like:

"Leve-toi et vis ta vie !"

with a higher intonation.


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