dangers of translating literally in French

Beginners French

A warning – do not translate literally!

When first beginning to learn French, many people fall into the trap of thinking in English and trying to translate word-for-word from English to French. Unfortunately, they soon find that this approach will not work because the French say things in a different way to us, often using a different word order or expression, so that a literal translation may well be incorrect in French.

Here are some examples: Continue reading

 
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