I would like to know how to translate “so to speak” in French. So far, the only thing I can come up with is disons que.

  • There are on line tools to answer this type of questions. Reverso, Wiktionary, Linguee. French Language and usage isn't a dictionary. – None Dec 23 '12 at 6:28

"So to speak" means "pour ainsi dire".

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The correct translation is

Façon de parler

Which would be the literal translation for “way to speak”.


Je suis bien meilleur joueur de tennis que lui, je vais le détruire ! Enfin, façon de parler.

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  • +1. Ajoutons la variante légèrement moins courante manière de dire. – RomainValeri Dec 24 '12 at 10:00
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    Depending on the level of language you have to use Pour ainsi dire is a bit more formal, and Facon de parler more familiar. I would avoid using the later in an official context. – TonioElGringo Jan 2 '13 at 12:15

«c'est à dire» would be the correct way if you think about how to convey the same idea (instead of word to word translation) from English to French.

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  • Yeah, that makes sense too. I don't know why I never thought of that before. – samayo Dec 1 '13 at 19:40

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