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bless you – French expression

What does ” à tes souhaits ” mean? How do you say ‘ bless you ’ in French? How is it pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to me, a French native say it at FrenchHour.com.

à tes souhaits – to your wishes – TES – your – is a possessive adjective. In everyday French, à tes souhaits means ‘bless you’ or ‘gezondheid’.

A cultural note: it is a lot more common to say ‘bless you’ in English than it is to acknowledge someone sneezing in France. In some circles, it’s even considered to be a faux pas to say ‘à tes souhaits’.

When someone you know well, someone you say TU to sneezes, you may say:

  • « À tes souhaits. »
    • “Bless you. “

If that someone sneezes another time, or other times, you’re supposed to say:

  • « À tes amours. » –> ‘To you loves’
    • “Gezondheid. “

When someone you don’t know well, when you say VOUS, you may say:

  • « À vos souhaits. »
  • « À vos amours. » when several sneezes.



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