French Lessons: I

English - French Dictionary

idée fixe
“fixed idea” obsession; in music, a leitmotiv

il est 
it is

il faut 
it’s necessary

il y a  
there is, there are

il y a quelque chose qui cloche
something’s amiss

dead-end, cul-de-sac, deadlock; stand-off, log jam, standstill, impasse, finesse, close, enclosed area

a nonchalant man/woman; adj. carefree, careless; casual, unconcerned; reckless, unheeding, remiss, slapdash; happy-go-lucky; devil-may-care

an innocent young man/woman, used particularly in reference to a theatrical stock character who is entirely virginal and wholesome. L’Ingénu is a famous novella written by Voltaire.


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