Fatalistic French Expression

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MeaningThat’s life, Such is life

Usage notes: Ask 10 people if they understand any kind of French phrases, and also more than likely 9 of them will say c’est la vie. Funnily sufficient, this fatalistic expression is used far even more in English than in its indigenous French, though the definition is the same in both: c’est la vie acknowledges a less-than-ideal instance even as it accepts it.

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Par exemple…

J’ai vu Peter Mayle mais je n’avais pas le courage de demander kid autographe. C’est la vie !I witnessed Peter Mayle but didn’t have the courage to ask for his autograph. That’s life!


say la vie, say la veese la vie, se la veecie la vie, cie la vee

Variation: C’est la guerre – That’s battle (for you), Such is war

  English variation: C’est la vie, c’est la guerre, c’est la pomme de terre – literally, “That’s life, that’s war, that’s the potato” (French speakers have actually no concept about this one)

English equivalents: stuff happens, (vulgar slang) s*** happensOther uses: In French, c’est la vie isn’t constantly a fatalistic expression. It deserve to likewise be supplied to talk around a requirement of life or a way of life.

Le pain, c’est la vie.Breview is life.
C’est la vie conjugale.That’s married life (for you).
Simplicité, c’est la vie de moine.

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Simplicity is the life of a monk.

Related expressions

c’estit is, this is, that is
C’est la vie de château (pourvu que ça dure)The great life, This is the life, Live it up (while you can)

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