A guide to selected untranslatable words in French

It goes without saying that learning French is a good idea, probably healthier than going to the gym or reading books.

After all, French is the language of love, various sugary confections, with a bit of je ne sais quoi mixed in for good measure.

You should know however there may be some confusing moments along your learning journey. That’s why we’re here to add to the confusion with “Lost in translation”: a guide to unique French terms with no direct English equivalent. Here we go:


Definition: A reunion a long time in the making; the feeling of happiness upon seeing someone after a long period.


Definition: To find yourself in an environment you’re not used to, for better or for worse; the feeling of disorientation a person might feel in a foreign environment.


Definition: The act of aimlessly wandering with no goal; the art of leisurely strolling.


Definition: Someone sensitive to cold weather, who gets chilly easily.

If these untranslatables have left you puzzled, we’re proper sorry – let’s patch things up with our useful and funny list of French sayings!

Want to translate like there’s no tomorrow? Try our online French course Frantastique; short, fun and personalized lessons to kickstart your French learning.

Learn French with Frantastique 🇫🇷

Related articles :

7 thoughts on “A guide to selected untranslatable words in French

  1. Pingback: From apéritif to digestif - a beginner's guide to drinking in France - The Gymglish blog

  2. Pingback: 7 French idioms deciphered - The Gymglish blog

  3. Pingback: 10 French dishes that you wish you never knew - The Gymglish blog

  4. Pingback: 5 French insults that won't start a fight but would still be considered rude - The Gymglish blog

  5. Pingback: 5 dumb reasons to learn German - The Gymglish blog

  6. Pingback: Ten Reasons to Learn French - The Gymglish blog

  7. Pingback: 5 French argot slang words that will increase your crédibilité dans la rue - The Gymglish blog

Leave a Reply