Tu dois prendre un peu de recul.

Tu dois prendre un peu de recul.

tew dwah prah-druh puh duh ruh-KEWL. Click below to hear this.

You should get a little distance (from this).

Good advice whenever things begin to heat up, especially if you’re the one who’s hot under the collar!

So take a few steps backward. That’s it. I’ll bet you can see the big picture now, right? It all becomes clearer.

That’s what prendre du recul means. Literally: to take some backup. If you look carefully at recul (well, it’s not very hard to spot!) you’ll see cul, a not-quite-polite-but-not-too-rude-either word for backside (referring to human anatomy, of course).

So reculer means to back up, or to move towards your cul. Note that you don’t pronounce the final l of cul, but you do in recul. Think of the l as a little wall to keep you from backing right over the cliff.

7 responses to “Tu dois prendre un peu de recul.

  1. There was no sound with this one.

  2. Thanks, Carolyn! It’s now fixed. One little typo makes a huge difference. :-)

  3. Hi Ruth :)

    I really like your blog – keep up the good work.
    I have a questions for you that I hope you will answer.
    How do you translate “Heart means everything” into French? Or do you have any other ideas to French quotes like that? Or maybe websites where they can be found?
    Thank you!

    Kind regards Jeanne

    • Thank you, Jeanne! I love it when readers ask French-related questions! To answer yours, first I would want to know more about what is meant by “heart”. Is it courage? Sensitivity? Commitment? Something else? The word has so many meanings! Translating a short phrase like this one is a great challenge, because there’s no context. But that’s the fun of it! Tell me more, and I’ll have a go at it!

      –Ruth

  4. Thank you for this quick fix – I love to hear you speak French ;-)

  5. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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