5 DAILY IDIOMS to say "expensive" in French

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5 DAILY IDIOMS to say "expensive" in French


Bonjour tout le monde. I hope you are well and that you are in good shape for this new French video.

Today, I propose a short video where we will see together five expressions in French. Five familiar expressions that you can use with friends or family to say that something is expensive, that it costs a lot of money. I also wrote an article about 11 French slang words about money.

By the way, I don't know if you remember, but I had already made a video about expressions related to money. I'll put it above so that you can see it again if you're interested or if you want to have a maximum of vocabulary on this topic of money.

This video, it's going to be pretty simple because the five expressions we're going to see together mean exactly the same thing. "It's expensive" in colloquial language.

Before we start, and you know this, it doesn't cost anything, is to put a like on my video. You know it's important to me, it shows that you support my channel and my work.

There is something quite funny. I don't know if it's the same in your language. To express in colloquial language that something is expensive, we will refer to body parts.

In French, to say that something is expensive, we would say for example "ça coûte un bras".

An arm is this. It costs an arm. By the way, comment me if this is also the case in your native language, if we also refer to body parts to say that something is expensive.

And above all, tell me which part we are referring to.

So it costs an arm and a leg, but you can also say "it costs a kidney".

The kidney is an organ of the human body, we normally have two of them, which allows to filter the waste of the body. It is really very useful.

In French, to say that something is expensive, again, I repeat, in colloquial language, you can say ça coûte un rein.

Still on the body parts and especially a little more colloquial. It's a little more vulgar because it costs an arm or it costs a kidney, you can still use it a little bit in everyday language.

However, the next one, avoid, is "it costs the skin of the buttocks".

So the skin is what we have everywhere on our body. And it costs the skin of the buttocks. It costs a lot of money.

The following colloquial expression is also related to the body. But it's true that it's a bit of a strange expression. You can also say, "it costs the eyes of the head".

The eyes of the head. This expression is a bit strange because you don't have eyes anywhere but on your head, but that's how you can tell.

This car really costs the eyes of the head, who can put 200 000 € in a car?

And finally, the last colloquial expression to say that something is expensive that we will see today. Here, we leave the register of the vocabulary of the body.

This expression is "it costs a lot".

Candy, nothing to do with the sweets, the candies you may know, for example Haribo.

Candy comes from the repetition of "good". Back in the day, when something cost "good", we meant it was something expensive.

Today, we say it costs a lot. To say that something is expensive, costs a lot.

Organizing a wedding, it costs a lot of money, it costs an arm and a leg, it costs the eyes of the head or it costs a kidney.

That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed this little video, that you were able to learn some new colloquialisms.

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