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What does "Toujours pareils, meme apres tout ce temps" translate to in English?

Asked by flo (12974points) January 5th, 2018

It could have the word la at the end “Toujours pareils, meme apres tout ce temps la” Anyway what does it mean?

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janbb's avatar

Always the same even after all this time. (Or “always the same even after all this time there” if “la” is on the end.)

flo's avatar

I thought maybe there is a saying in English

janbb's avatar

Perhaps “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is close but that’s actually a literal translation of another French saying.

Or you could go for Paul Simon’s “Still crazy after all these years.”

Strauss's avatar

How about Bruce Hornsby’s That’s just The Way It Is, some things will never change.

flo's avatar

Good answers. But is it pessimistic some things will never change?

janbb's avatar

@flo It is unless you’re talking about good things like love for one’s children.

FluffyTecky's avatar

as janbb said it first: Always the same, even after all this time. But this doesn’t have to be a pessimistic viewpoint. Imagine if you are in an industry where you want to learn a process for doing certain tasks. Once you master these tasks, the least thing you want is for these things to change. This is true especially if it took you a considerable amount of time to get there.

flo's avatar

Thanks FluffyTechy.

FluffyTecky's avatar

I am glad you found some value in my answer flo

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