The French sentence "N'abandonne jamais" explained

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N'abandonne jamais meaning


It literally means:

  • N’abandonne → (Don’t) give up
  • Jamais → Never

This is how you would say to someone in French “Never give up“. This is very similar to “Tiens bon” which means “Hang in there” / “Don’t quit” but also with this idea of “Never” giving up. So it’s stronger and typically used as a mantra for self-motivation.

How to use it

You can use “N’abandonne jamais” as a personal mantra or to inspire/motivate someone.

Imagine you are doing sport with a friend and he/she is quitting and saying he/she can’t do it. In this situation you can gently use the inspirational words to motivate this person and give him/her an extra boost!

Synonyms and similarities

  • Je n’abandonnerai jamais. (“I will never give up“)
  • Tu n’abandonneras jamais. (“You will never give up“)
  • Nous n’abandonnerons jamais. (“We will never give up“)
  • N’abandonnez jamais. (“Never give up“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Ne lâche jamais rien. (“Never gives anything away“)
  • Ne lâchez jamais rien. (“Never gives anything away“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Tiens bon jusqu’au bout. (“Hold on until the end“)
  • Tenez bon jusqu’au bout. (“Hold on until the end“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Tiens le coup jusqu’au bout. (“Hold it until the end“)
  • Tenez le coup jusqu’au bout. (“Hold it until the end“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Résiste jusqu’au bout. (“Resist until the end“)
  • Résistez jusqu’au bout. (“Resist until the end“)(Formal & Plural)

Example with audio dialogue

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J’en ai marre de travailler ! “
” I’m sick of working! “
” N’abandonne jamais ! “
” Never give up! “
” Oui, tu as raison ! “
” Yes, you’re right! “
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