LEARN FRENCH IN 2 MINUTES - French idiom : Au pif

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LEARN FRENCH IN 2 MINUTES - French idiom : Au pif

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Hello everyone, welcome to this new video where we will see a French expression in a few minutes.

Before you start, pick three cards at random.

Didn't you understand what I asked you? That's the expression we're going to see today: at random.

Au pif is an expression that means randomly.

When I ask you to pick three cards at random, I'm asking you to pick three cards blindly, at random, at random.

This expression, it can also mean approximately.

So, it's not really random, but it's really at a glance.

We evaluate without really knowing, for example, I could ask you: you think the distance between the library and me is how much?

You could answer me at random 3 meters.

That means it's pretty approximate, you don't really know, but you say a little bit randomly like that, as it seems to you. But of course, you don't have meters to measure.

For example, you can also use this expression in cooking. If you don't have scales to weigh the ingredients, you'll make a recipe that's a bit haphazard. You'll say well, I didn't have any scales, so I put the sugar, the flour, the milk in a bit of a haphazard way as I saw fit. I did the best I could without really being able to measure. As you can see, "au pif" can mean at random, so it's blind.

Or maybe a bit roughly, giving you the way I thought. That's it for today, for this expression. I hope you have understood it. If there are other expressions that you would like me to explain, don't hesitate to put it in comments. If you liked this video, don't forget to put a little like. And if you're new to the channel, subscribe so you don't miss any of my videos. See you very, very soon.

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