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avoir le coeur sur la main

“Avoir le coeur sur la main” is a wonderful French expression that literally means “to have the heart on the hand”. English equivalents for this idiom include:

  • to have a heart of gold
  • to be big-hearted
  • to be open-handed
  • to be kind-hearted

French-to-French definitions simply include être généreux, or to be generous.

A fun French-Canadian equivalent is “Avoir le coeur comme un autobus”, or “to have a heart like a bus”, meaning everybody can get on.

Here’s an example setence:

  • Paul est tellement généreux. Il invite ses amis chaque été pour faire un barbeque au bord du lac. Il adore inviter les enfants a faire du ski nautique. Il a vraiment le coeur sur la main. Paul is so generous. He invites his friends every some for a barbeque on the lake. He loves inviting the kids to go water skiing. He really has a heart of gold.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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