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|Meaning||That’s life, Such is life|
|Pronunciation||[say lah vee]|
|IPA||[se la vi]|
Usage notes: Ask 10 people if they know any French phrases, and probably 9 of them will say c’est la vie. Funnily enough, this fatalistic expression is used far more in English than in its native French, though the meaning is the same in both: c’est la vie acknowledges a less-than-ideal situation even as it accepts it.
|J’ai vu Peter Mayle mais je n’avais pas le courage de demander son autographe. C’est la vie !||I saw Peter Mayle but didn’t have the courage to ask for his autograph. That’s life!|
- say la vie, say la vee
- se la vie, se la vee
- cie la vie, cie la vee
Variation: C’est la guerre – That’s war (for you), Such is war
English equivalents: stuff happens, (vulgar slang) s*** happens
Other uses: In French, c’est la vie isn’t always a fatalistic expression. It can also be used to talk about a necessity of life or a way of life.
|Le pain, c’est la vie.||Bread is life.|
|C’est la vie conjugale.||That’s married life (for you).|
|Simplicité, c’est la vie de moine.||Simplicity is the life of a monk.|
|c’est||it is, this is, that is|
|C’est la vie de château (pourvu que ça dure)||The good life, This is the life, Live it up (while you can)|
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