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Les Virelangues (French tongue-twisters)

Have you ever tried to test your French pronunciation? Here are some French tongue-twisters to get your langue around! Bonne Chance! I have also included English translations so you can see what you’re trying to say.

Pauvre petit pécheur, prends patience pour pouvoir prendre plusieurs petits poissons

(The poor little fisherman has patience to be able to catch lots of little fish)

J’ai vu six sots suçant six cent six saucisses, six en sauce et six cents sans sauce

(I saw six fools sucking six hundred and six sausages, six in sauce and six hundred without sauce – That’s difficult even in English!)

Le chasseur, sachant chasser sans son chien, chassera seul

(The hunter knows that hunting without his dog, he will be hunting alone)

Même maman m’a mis ma main dans mon manchon

(Even my mother placed my hand in my sleeve)

Trois tortues trottaient sur un trottoir très étroit

(Three turtles trotted on the really narrow pavement/sidewalk)

You haven’t had enough? You can keep learning much more virelangues, but you can also broaden your knowledge about the French culture and language, so do not hesitate to browse our blog!

Were you aware that we can also help you deal with French misunderstandings through our French translation services? Contact us to get more information on or +44 (0) 1792 460679 or +44 (0) 1792 469990!

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Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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