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All about the French expression "C'est bête comme chou"

Are you ready to discover all the things you want to know about the funny French idiom "C'est bête comme chou"? It includes a complete guide of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. But wait, we also added some useful things like dialogue example, synonym, slow pronunciation audio and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : It's super easy

  • Literal meaning : It's stupid like cabbage

  • Register : Informal - Funny

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / sɛ bɛt kɔm ʃu /

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What does it mean exactly?


Let me clarify this: we don't have any personal problem with cabbage. But a very long time ago "chou" (cabbage) used to mean "ass".

That's why we use this comparison when talking about something very simple, easy or obvious. Because even an ass can understand it.

Poetic, isn't it?

How to use

Well, when it comes to using this expression: "C'est bête comme chou !" (It's super easy!).

Simply replace any mention of "It's super easy" or "It's really simple/obvious" by "C'est bête comme chou" and you are done.

N.B: this expression isn't vulgar and actually sounds cute for a French native. Why? Because (almost) nobody knows anymore that "chou" used to mean ass, so everybody thinks it means "cabbage"...


Example in a dialogue with French audio


C'est dur d'apprendre le Français ?

Is it hard to learn French?

Non. C'est bête comme chou !

No. It's stupid like cabbage!*

Je commence aujourd'hui alors !

I'm starting right now then!

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J'ai la patate


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