French Expression: parler le français comme une vache espagnole


Meaning: to speak poor French, to speak French really badly

Literal Translation: to speak French like a Spanish cow


An illustration of a red and yellow cow

Here’s a couple of examples of this idiom being used in context:

Je ne peux pas du tout le comprendre, il parle le français comme une vache espagnole.

I can’t understand him at all, his French is awful.

J’aimerais bien étudier en France, mais malheureusement je parle le français comme une vache espagnole !

I’d like to study in France, but unfortunately my French is awful!


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