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être à l’aise dans ses baskets

“Être à l’aise dans ses baskets” is a lovely little French idiom that literally means “To be at ease in ones own sneakers”. Les baskets is a funny anglicism that means sneakers or basketball shoes. Être à l’aise means to feel comfortable or at ease.

A French-to-French translation could be “être bien dans sa peau”, to feel comfortable in one’s own skin.

Here are some rough translations of the expression:

  • to feel comfortable with oneself
  • to be in one’s element
  • to feel at ease with oneself

Here’s a sample sentence:

  • Pierre réussit dans sa carrière, il a une belle famille et plein d’amis. Il est a l’aise dans ses baskets. Pierre is succeeding in his career, has a lovely family and lots of friends. He feels comfortable in his own skin.

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David Issokson

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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