Il pleut des cordesPronunciation:
[eel pleu day kuhrd
It's raining cats and dogs, It's pouring rainLiteral translation:
It's raining ropesRegister:
I love the French expression il pleut des cordes
because it's so vivid. When it is really pouring, it does almost seem like the raindrops are joined together into long, twisty ropes stretching from sky to ground. The English equivalent is bizarre - why cats and dogs? Why not fish and frogs? At least they like the water.Example
C'est la saison des pluies au Costa Rica, et il pleut des cordes presque tous les jours !
It's the rainy season in Costa Rica, and it rains cats and dogs nearly every day!Variation: Il tombe des cordesMore