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regagner ses pénates

The French expression “regagner ses pénates” translates literally to “to go back to your household gods”. Regagner has two meanings: to win back and to return to. Les pénates refers to household gods in ancient Roman mythology.

English meanings:

  • to return home
  • to go home

French meanings:

  • rentrer à la maisonto go home
  • retourner à la maisonto go home

Example sentence:

  • Écoute, les mecs, je suis fatigué. Je vais regagner mes pénates. Listen, guys. I’m tired. I’m going home.
  • La fête est finie, il est l’heure de regagner ses pénates. The party is over. It’s time to go home.

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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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