Avancer comme une tortue

Avancer comme une tortue
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French Expression

Meaning   to crawl along at a snail’s pace
Literally   to advance like a turtle
Register   normal
French pronunciation   [ah va(n) say kuh mun tuhr tu]
IPA   [a vɑ̃ se kɔ myn tɔr ty]

Usage notes: The French expression avancer comme une tortue is so similar to its English equivalent "to advance at a snail’s pace" that if you used escargot in French or "turtle" in English, everyone would know exactly what you meant. Nonetheless, the most idiomatic way to say it is with tortue in French and "snail" in English.

Par exemple…

La voiture devant moi avance comme une tortue.   The car in front of my is crawling along at a snail’s pace.
Allez, vite ! Vous avancez comme des tortues !   Hurry up! You’re crawling along like snails!


  • avancer à pas de tortue
  • s’avancer lentement
  • courir comme une tortue
  • se diriger lentement (vers)
  • marcher à pas de tortue

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