Je vois...

Earlier one of my students was wondering if you can say "I see" in French in the figurative sense, as you do in English. For example, to confirm that you have understood what someone has just said to you: "yes, I see".
The answer is yes, it does work in French: "oui, je vois".

It works for all sorts of other words and idioms:
  • une souris =  a mouse -  the computer equipment as well as the rodent
  • la toile =  the web - what a spider makes or what you're using now to read this blog
OK, it won't work every time but sometimes it's worth a try... ;)