French délicatesse

Be prepared for the long pause before the Q&A session on Coffee Break French actually begins, but it’s worth the wait. Around 13:51 minutes into the video, Margaret Wrightson asks for some good expressions to use when the subject is personal and she has no opinion to share.

Mark and Pierre-Benoît’s responses are useful during a heated election year. Why not fall back on a little French délicatesse when you don’t have an opinion — or you’re not eager to go to war over the ones you have? Keep the list below handy when packing up a favorite dish for your next souper-partage.


  1. Cela dépend de votre/ton point de vue.
  2. Je dois avouer que je n’ai pas abordé le sujet sous cet angle.
  3. Il est difficile d’expliquer les raisons pour lesquelles je suis de cet avis.
  4. Je n’ai jamais vraiment réfléchi à cela.
  5. Cela donne à réfléchir. Je dois donc me pencher sur le sujet en question.

If you have any expressions to add to the list, we’d love to hear about them!

— Linda

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