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sabrer le Champagne – French expression

sabrer le Champagne - French expression

learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francaisWhat does the French expression ‘ sabrer le champagne ‘ mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s Audio.

sabrer le Champagne, to saber a bottle of Champagne, to open it with a saber. It's quite thrilling, and yet, surprisingly easy. All you need is a sharp knife - or a spoon, nobody around you, and you have to want to giggle a lot. Watch the video below and try it yourself. The expression, which dates from the Napoleon era, has evolved to just mean to celebrate with Champagne wine.

  • « Tu as eu ton diplôme, on va sabrer le Champagne ! »
  • "You got your degree, let's celebrate (let's saber the Champagne)!"

French tenses and modes

présent : je sabre le Champagne, nous sabrons le Champagne

imparfait : je sabrais le Champagne, nous sabrions le Champagne

Command forms: Sabre le Champagne ! Sabrez le Champagne !

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