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Don't be chasing two leverets at once

Updated: Apr 10

Cycling home yesterday evening I pedalled past a field full of what looked like rabbits, but they were bigger and had floppier ears.

Hares! = des lièvres in French

I wish I could say it was my photo, but the credit has to go to Gary Bendig / Unsplash

They scampered off fast-kind when I stopped, hoping to get a picture. As fast as I focused on one, another one seemed like a better photo opportunity, until eventually I was left with nothing but a nice picture of an empty West Berkshire field.

I was reminded of the French proverb:

“Qui court deux lièvres à la fois, n’en prend aucun”, which translates as, “Who runs after two hares at the same time, catches none.”

The meaning is clear, n'est-ce pas ?

Concentrate on one task at a time with full attention, if that task is to be well done. e.g. When learning French 😊


Side note: You know that the English word for a young hare is a leveret?

Like a young swan is a cygnet (swan = un cygne)

I'd like to say at this point "See the pattern?" i.e. the English word for the juvenile animal being taken from the French, while the adult animal is a Germanic word... but I can't think of any more examples.

Can you think of any more?

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Andrew Wenger, Founder and Director of SameSky Languages

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