The French saying "En avril ne te découvre pas d'un fil"

On this page, we are going to show you everything you want to know about the basic proverb “En avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil”.

Including a detailed explanation of what it mean and how you can use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. But that’s not all, we also added super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, literal meaning and more!

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English translation

How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


It literally means:

  • En avril → In April
  • ne te découvre pas→ do not uncover yourself
  • d’un fil → of any thread

This proverb reminds us to not be too optimistic when the good weather arrives (generally in April in France) and risk being ill by exposing ourselves too much.

That’s why the second part of the proverb is “En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît.“(In May, do what you like). It advises us to wait for May to really enjoy the spring.

And there is even a third part: “En juin, de trois habits n’en garde qu’un.” (In June, of three clothes keep only one). But it’s less commonly used.

How to use

If someone you know is a bit too optimistic in his/her choice of clothes during the beginning of spring, remind this person to be careful. For that simply use: “En avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil.

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Il fait beau, je vais sortir en T-shirt “
” It’s sunny, I’m going out in a T-shirt “
” En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil ! “
” In April, don’t remove a thread of your clothing! “
” Tu as raison, passe moi ma veste “
” You are right, give me my jacket “
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