Aux innocents les mains pleines

IMG_1644Over the Christmas break, I had the joy of visiting my parents in London, Ontario for a few days. Over the years, we’ve played innumerable hands of Uno. As much as we enjoy its familiar rules and routines, I thought it would be fun to teach them a new card game. I brought along Phase 10. My parents, who’d never played it before, won hand after hand. Today’s phrase aux innocents les mains pleines (oze in-no-sohn lay mahn plen) literally means “to the innocent full hands.” It’s the French equivalent of the English expression “beginner’s luck.” And do you know what? Even with all that beginner’s luck, my Dad still preferred Uno.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Aux innocents les mains pleines

  1. Gosh, I haven’t played Uno in years. Thank you for the nudge … and for suggesting a new game to try as well! We’re Euchre and Cribbage players here, but always glad to try a new game.

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