Dictation exercise C1
So many idiomatic expressions using 'perdre' in this excellent exercise!
The two you refer to are -
en perdre son latin = to be totally confused, not to make head or tail of something
perdre le nord = to lose your bearings ( but in this context 'to lose it')
I hope this helps!
J'en ai perdu mon Latin. -- I lost my Latin.Elle n'avait jamais perdu le nord. -- She never lost her way.
Idioms are what lends color to a language. You just pick them up, trying not to pick them apart too much.
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