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Balades ep. 3, quiz 54: tout est bien qui finit bien

Improve your ear for French with this clip from the Balades podcast. It’s 34 words in 15 seconds. How many can you hear and understand? Try our transcription quiz to improve your listening comprehension!

This clip is from Balades Episode 3. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full podcast here.

15 seconds, 34 words

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The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 3. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

All’s well that ends well

Today’s quiz closes out another podcast episode on the site. We’re on a roll and picking up new vocab. I think this clip has a number of new expressions and words that are brand new to me. Maybe it is a bit more advance, but the pace is still comfortable. What podcast should we pick next? Come back tomorrow to see.

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The snippet in English

Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?

Le mariage est somptueux et dure un mois. Ensuite les parents retournent vivre heureux dans leur petite maison de Menton et se réjouissent du bonheur de leur fille. Tout est bien qui finit bien.

The wedding is sumptuous and lasts one month. Then the parents return to live happily in their little house in Menton and rejoice in the happiness of their daughter. All’s well that ends well.

The above translation from Deepl. Source

What does “tout est bien qui finit bien” mean in French?

“Tout est bien qui finit bien” is a French idiomatic expression which can be translated to “All’s well that ends well” in English. It is an expression that is used to indicate that everything has turned out for the best, despite difficulties or challenges that may have occurred. It implies that the final outcome of a situation is what matters most, regardless of any difficulties or problems that may have been encountered along the way. The expression is often used to describe a situation that has had a happy ending.

For example:

  • J’ai eu peur qu’il ne vienne pas, mais tout est bien qui finit bien, il est là (I was afraid he wouldn’t come, but all’s well that ends well, he’s here)
  • Nous avons eu des problèmes pour organiser cet événement, mais tout est bien qui finit bien, tout s’est bien passé (We had problems organizing this event, but all’s well that ends well, everything went well)
  • Il a eu des difficultés pour trouver un emploi, mais tout est bien qui finit bien, il a finalement trouvé quelque chose (He had difficulties finding a job, but all’s well that ends well, he finally found something)

It’s a way to express that the end result is good and that everything is fine despite any difficulties that may have been encountered.

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