Literal tranlation: "It is the life."
More natural translations: "That's life" "Such is life" "It's life" "It is what it is" "This is just the way life is."
It is used as an expression to say that life is harsh but that one must accept it and get over it.
1) "I worked so hard on that project only for that idiot to ruin it."
2) "Ah well, c'est la vie."
1)"I've lost everything--my life's work--up in flames.
2)"I know it's bad but c'est la vie."
1) "But they are both so similar!"
2) "Yes, I know, it's very confusing but c'est la vie, I'm afraid."
· 7 years ago