Posts Tagged ‘au plaisir’

Inside one of Montréal's new métro trains (March 2016)

Inside one of Montréal’s new métro trains (March 2016)

In the last post, we saw how a saleslady in Montréal said:

Vous avez rien trouvé à vot’ goût?

She said this to two customers on their way out of the shop, upon seeing that they hadn’t bought anything.

She also said something else to them, the meaning of which you should learn:

Bye, au plaisir!

What’s understood in this expression is au plaisir de vous revoir, or au plaisir de te revoir (looking forward to seeing you again; see you again soon, etc.). You can say it when saying good-bye to someone.

If you signed off an email with au plaisir, then what’s understood is looking forward to hearing back from you, to hearing from you again soon, etc.

This is a nice, short expression you can learn, so as to avoid making long and convoluted literal translations of the English versions above.


I’m still working on the next OffQc guide (the one about contractions). I won’t say when it’ll be ready yet because I’m still busy with it, but I’m getting closer to finishing every day. In the meantime, you can get caught up with the guides that are already on sale, if you haven’t got them yet:

All are available here in the OffQc store.

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Can you describe your new boyfriend as being too clingy? What about cuddling up to a movie? Can you tell someone you don’t look your age?

I went straight to the source for these examples… personal ads online!

Here are 30 random expressions and phrases on the topic of dating and long-term relationships — une relation à long terme — to add to your knowledge.

1. écouter un film collés sur le divan
to cuddle up to a movie on the sofa

2. je cherche mon âme soeur
I’m looking for my soul mate

3. je suis de type plutôt casanier
I’m pretty much a stay-at-home kind of guy

4. dans mes temps libres
in my free time

5. aller souper au restaurant
to go out for supper

6. faire des activités de plein air
to do outdoor activities

7. je suis ouvert à presque tout
I’m open to almost anything

8. au plaisir de te lire
looking forward to hearing from you

9. j’aime mon divan au plus haut point
I absolutely love my sofa

10. j’aime prendre soin des autres
I like to take care of others

11. j’adore être entourée de ma famille
I like to be surrounded by my family

12. je suis une personne très sociable
I’m a very sociable person

13. j’aime les bons restos
I like good restaurants

14. j’aime apprendre et échanger sur de nombreux sujets
I like to learn and talk about numerous subjects

15. je ne fais pas mon âge
I don’t look my age

16. je recherche une relation à long terme
I’m looking for a long-term relationship

17. je suis un grand cinéphile
I’m a huge movie fan

18. je recherche une femme qui aime faire des sorties
I’m looking for a woman who likes to go out

19. il faut que je sois attirée pour que cela clique
I have to be attracted (to you) for it to click (between us)

20. je suis une femme douce, calme, affectueuse et attentionnée
I’m a gentle, calm, affectionate and caring woman

21. je marche tous les jours, ça me permet de me garder en forme
I walk every day, this allows me to stay in shape

22. les hommes mariés ou ceux sans photo, c’est non!
married men or those without a photo are a no!

23. j’ai une bonne écoute
I’m a good listener

24. je suis doué avec mes mains
I’m good with my hands

25. j’aime beaucoup lire, écrire et chanter en coupant mon gazon
I really like to read, write and sing while cutting my lawn

26. j’ai un pied-à-terre en campagne
I’ve got a pied-à-terre in the country

Pied-à-terre is pronounced pié-à-terre or pié-t’à-terre; it’s a secondary residence for occasional use. In the sense of “in the countryside,” you’ll come across the expressions à la campagne and en campagne, but some resources (like the BDL here) say that en campagne should only refer to being in a publicity campaign, electoral campaign, etc., and à la campagne to being in the countryside. The author of this example sentence didn’t follow this convention.

27. je ne me prend pas trop au sérieux
I don’t take myself too seriously

28. j’aime me perdre dans mes idées
I like to get lost in my thoughts

29. je ne veux pas quelqu’un de trop collant!
I don’t want someone who’s too clingy!

30. j’aime ça quand ça bouge
I like action

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