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Du jour au lendemain

Du jour au lendemain

In today’s lesson we’ll have a look at the expression “du jour au lendemain”, which means both “overnight” and “from one day to the next”.

du jour au lendemain

overnight, from one day to the next

French lesson explaining the expression du jour au lendemain (overnight, from one day to the next)

Explanation

The literal translation of du jour au lendemain is “from the day to the next day”. Translations for lendemain include “the next day”,”the day after” and “the following day”.

I translated on n’apprend pas (literally one doesn’t learn) loosely to “you can’t learn”.

On n’apprend pas une langue étrangère du jour au lendemain.

You can’t learn a foreign language overnight.

Marc et Sylvie s’entendaient très bien et du jour au lendemain elle est partie.

Marc and Sylvie got along very well and she left from one day to the next.

Conclusion

Et voilà ! Now you know a new French expression! Now check our a related lesson covering remettre au lendemain, which means “to procrastinate”. We also have a lesson covering demain (tomorrow).

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven 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 lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven 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 lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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