All about the French phrase "Je vais de l'avant"

Get ready to find out everything you need to know about the inspirational French sentence “Je vais de l’avant”.

To be more precise, this includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And that’s not all, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!

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English translation

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


It literally means: “I’m going forward” and it expresses the idea of: “I’m moving forward” or “I’m moving on” or even “I’m making progress” through the image of someone walking from his past, pain and failures towards something else.

It’s typically used after a tough situation (such as an injury, losing someone or a breakup) to symbolize that this situation belongs to your past and that you are moving forward to something else now.

It can also be a personal mantra/motivational sentence to keep in mind, as you will see in the next section.

How to use

If you just want to remind yourself to keep moving forward, use “Il faut aller de l’avant” (One’s should be moving forward) or “Je vais de l’avant” (I’m moving forward)

In case someone you know needs to hear that after a difficult situation, tell this person “Il faut aller de l’avant” to motivate him/her.

Fun facts

In case you want to say the exact opposite, use instead “Je tourne en rond.” which literally means “I’m turning around“. It’s a pretty visual antonym for “Je vais de l’avant” which implies turning into circles instead of following one direction and making progress.


  • J’avance. (“I’m moving forward“)
  • Je progresse. (“I’m making progress“)
  • Je m’améliore. (“I’m improving“)
  • J’entreprends. (“I’m undertaking“)
  • J’évolue. (“I’m evolving“)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Elle m’a quitté… “
” She dumped me… “
” Oh non… je suis désolée pour toi “
” Oh no… I’m sorry for you “
” Ne t’inquiète pas, je vais de l’avant “
” Don’t worry, I’m moving on “
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