All about the French phrase "Ça marche"

We are going to explain you everything you ever wanted to know about the basic sentence “Ça marche”.

Including a detailed definition of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. Along with the cool things we added like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonyms and more!

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English translation

How to pronounce

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Ça marche meaning

Definition

  • Ça → It/This
  • Marche → Works

“Ça marche” is an informal way to say in French “OK” or “Alright”  or “Agreed” or even “It works” depending on context.

How to use it

It can mean literally, “It works“, for example:

  • L’électricité marche chez toi ? → Does the electricity works at your place?
  • Oui, ça marche → Yes, it works

But most of the time, it’s used to say “OK” or “Alright” or “Agreed“. For example, in informal contexts, you can use:

  • Viens avec moi, s’il te plaît → Come with me, please
  • Ça marche, j’arrive → Alright / OK, I’m coming

  • Je t’attendrai dehors → I will wait for you outside
  • Ça marche → Alright / OK

  • Tu peux porter ça à ton frère ? → Can you bring that to your brother?
  • Ça marche → Agreed

Note that you can also use “Ça roule” (It rolls) exactly the same way, it’s just a bit more informal.

Finally, for formal contexts, it’s better to avoid this expression and use things like “D’accord” (Agreed) or “Avec plaisir” (With pleasure) or simply “Oui” (Yes) instead.

Synonyms

  • Ça roule. (“OK / I agree” → Literally: it rolls)
  • D’accord. (“Agreed“)
  • Je suis d’accord. (“I agree“)
  • Je suis d’accord avec toi. (“I agree with you“)
  • J’approuve. (“I approve“)

Everyday life dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Je vais voir mes amis “
” I’m going to meet my friends “
” Ça marche, amuse-toi bien
” Alright, have fun “
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