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Discover the French idiom "Tourne la page"

You are going to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic idiom "Tourne la page". To be more specific, it includes a detailed guide of what it is and how you can use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Plus, we also added some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Move on

  • Literal meaning : Turn the page

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / tuʁnə la paʒ /

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What does tourne la page mean?


The literal meaning is:

This is a sentence French people are using as an advice to someone for moving on to something else.

To be more precise, it's encouraging someone to forgive or stop thinking about a tough situation like a breakup, divorce, failure, etc. But you can also use it more casually after a misunderstanding to ask someone to forget about what just happened.

How to use

Scenario 1: your best friend went through a breakup and he/she is still suffering from it, you can advise him/her for example: "Tourne la page, c'est du passé" (Move on, it's the past)

Scenario 2: you made a funny mistake while talking. Everybody laughed, then the conversation moved to another topic. But someone is still making fun of it and it annoys you, use for example: "C'est bon, tourne la page, on a compris" (Ok we got it, move on).

In both scenarios, just using "Tourne la page" without anything else is fine too.


↓ Example in a story with French audio ↓

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

Parler de son ex

Talking about your ex

ClaudeC'est qui ce gars à qui tu parlais ?
Who is this guy you were talking to?
LéaC'est mon ex petit ami. Il travaille dans ce restaurant maintenant.
He's my ex-boyfriend. He works in this restaurant now.
ClaudeEt vous avez parlé de quoi ?
And what did you talk about?
LéaIl m'a dit qu'il m'aime encore.
He told me he still loves me.
ClaudeWow... Et tu as dit quoi ?
Wow... And what did you say?
LéaQue je l'aime aussi et que je n'arrive pas à tourner la page.
That I love him too and that I just can't move on.
ClaudeSérieusement ?!


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