Tuesday, February 02, 2016

This is why French flummoxes me

This is a headline from the French version of Slate:

La démocratie américaine a encore beaucoup à nous apprendre

Translated directly, it is
The democracy american has still a lot to us to teach.

Or as we would say
American democracy still has a lot to teach us.

Took me five minutes to translate that one bitty sentence.....


Tabor said...

Don't be too literal. Just get is "jist" as they say.

Cerulean Bill said...

In fact, being literal is a downfall in translations. But I doubt anyone will ever mistake me for native-born French....