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All about the French quote "À vos souhaits"

You are in the right place to learn all the things you need to know about the basic French sentence "À vos souhaits". More precisely, it includes a full explanation of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Plus, we also added some useful informations like synonym, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

English translation

  • Translation : Bless you

  • Register : Formal - Basic

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / a vo swɛ /

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What does à vos 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

If you have to show some respect or be formal with the sneezing person, like a professor or an old person: use "À vos souhaits". But if it's a family member, a friend or someone that you are familiar with, you can use: "À tes 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.)

Funny stuff

As a joke, you can also use "À vos/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 !".

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with translation ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Foutues allergies

Damn allergies

Joe cherchait un restaurant pour le déjeuner.
Joe was looking for a restaurant for lunch.
Il marchait dans les rues de Paris et s'arrête devant un joli restaurant...
He was walking in the streets of Paris and stops in front of a nice restaurant...
Il regarde la liste des plats à l'extérieur du restaurant puis décide de rentrer...
He looks at the outside list of dishes of the restaurant and decides to enter...
Une fois à l'intérieur, le serveur donne le menu du jour à Joe.
Once inside, the server gives today's menu to Joe.
Joe choisit une pizza quatre fromages et commence à attendre...
Joe chooses a four cheese pizza and begins to wait...


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