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

We are going to show you all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French expression “J’ai un chat dans la gorge”.

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Translation in English

Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Example in a story with translation

Now, let’s see a complete example of this idiom in a story with slow French audio and the English translation below.
Une voix enrouée
A hoarse voice
Théo:   Olivia, tu as quelque chose contre le mal de gorge ?
Olivia, do you have something against sore throat?
Olivia:   Je ne sais pas… Qu’est-ce qui ne va pas avec ta voix ?
I don’t know… What’s wrong with your voice?
Théo:   J’ai un chat dans la gorge…
I have a cat in my throat…
Olivia:   Un 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…
Théo:   Pas de panique ! Ça veut seulement dire que je suis enroué.
Don’t panic! It just means I’m hoarse.
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