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sauter du coq à l’âne

The French expression “sauter du coq à l’âne” translates literally to “to jump from the rooster to the donkey”.

English meaning:

  • to be all over the place
  • to go from one subject to another

French meaning:

  • passer d’un sujet à un autreto passe from one subject to another
  • changer de sujet to change the subject

Example sentence:

  • J’aime écouter mon professor mais le problème c’est qu’il saute du coq à l’âne. I like to listen to my professor but the problem is that he jumps from one subject to another.

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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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