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c’est une autre paire de manches

“C’est une autre paire de manches” is a French expression that translates literally to “it’s another pair of sleeve”.

English meanings:

  • it’s another story
  • it’s another kettle of fish
  • it’s a whole different ballgame

French meaning:

  • c’est plus difficileit’s more complicated
  • Quelque chose de complètement différentsomething totally different

example sentence:

  • Je suis monté beaucoup de montagnes mais celle-ci est une autre paire de manches: elle est beaucoup plus haute plus raide. I’ve climbed a lot of mountains but this one is a whole different ballgame. It’s a lot higher and a lot steeper.

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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 FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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