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The French expression "J'ai un chat dans la gorge" revealed

On this page, we are going to explain you all the things you have to know about the funny French idiom "J'ai un chat dans la gorge". To be more precise, it includes a complete explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example.In addition, we also added some useful things like literal meaning, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : I'm hoarse

  • Literal meaning : I have a cat in the throat

  • Register : Neutral - Funny

Pronunciation guide



  • IPA : / ʒe ɛ̃ ʃa dɑ̃ la ɡɔʁʒ /

aesthetic french quote chat dans la gorge

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↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

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

Une voix enrouée

A hoarse voice

ThéoOlivia, tu as quelque chose contre le mal de gorge ?
Olivia, do you have something against sore throat?
OliviaJe ne sais pas... Qu'est-ce qui ne va pas avec ta voix ?
I don't know... What's wrong with your voice?
J'ai un chat dans la gorgeLiterally: I have a cat in the throat
I have a cat in my throat...
OliviaUn chat dans la gorge ? Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire ?
A cat in your throat? What does it mean?
Théo a commencé à rire, mais s'est ensuite arrêté à cause de la sensation étrange dans sa gorge...
Théo started to laugh, but then stopped because of the weird feeling in his throat...
ThéoPas de panique ! Ça veut seulement dire que je suis enroué.
Don't panic! It just means I'm hoarse.


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