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The French phrase "À tes souhaits" explained

You are going to learn everything you have to know about the basic phrase "À tes souhaits". To be more specific, it includes a full guide of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. And also the useful stuff we sprinkled like synonym, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Bless you

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How to pronounce?



  • IPA : / a te swɛ /

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What does à tes souhaits mean?


The literal meaning is:

It's the most classic way to say "Bless you" in French after someone sneezed. And it seems to come from the middle ages when sneezing was one of the first symptoms of the plague. So it was basically a way to say "I wish you not to be sick"

How to use

When a family member, a friend or someone that you are familiar with sneezes, you can use: "À tes souhaits" (Literally: To your wishes). But if you have to show some respect or be formal with the sneezing person, like a professor or an old person: use instead "À vos souhaits".

Same principle if the person sneezes a second time, use: "À tes amours" (Literally: To your loves) for the informal situation and "À vos amours" for the formal one.

For the third sneeze, in both situations you can say: "Qu'ils durent toujours" → May they (the loves) last forever.

"Ok but what if the person sneezes a fourth time?"

Wow... that's rather unlikely! But if it happens, there is nothing special to say. Even though... if you really want to be funny, I heard a few times in this situation: "Que le bon Dieu te bénisse, et qu'il te change en pain d'épices" (Literally: May the good god bless you and turn you into gingerbread.)

Fun fact

As a joke, you can also use "À tes souhaits" when someone mispronounced something or didn't talk clearly, like if this person sneezed.

For example, if a friend mispronounced "Eiffel" and says: "J'adore la Tour Eirrel" (I 'm fond of the Eirrel Tower) then you can tell her/him: "À tes souhaits !".


Example in a dialogue with French audio


Atchoum !


À tes souhaits

Bless you


Thank you

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Je te souhaite un joyeux Noël


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