Everything about the French sentence "C'est bon"

Are you ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the basic sentence “C’est bon”?

This include a complete guide of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. And that’s not all, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

Oh and in case you are interested, you will find more of these sentences guides on this page plus the ultimate list of all our French words pages on this page. C’est parti ! (Let’s go!)

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French to English

How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does c'est bon mean?

Definition

The literal meaning is:

  • C’est → It is
  • Bon → Good

It generally means “It’s good” in English, but not always depending on context, as you will see in the next paragraph.

Also, people often think “C’est bon” and “C’est bien” are synonyms, but this is not true. Because the adverb “bien” means “well” and the adjective “bon” means “good” and so we don’t use them in the same situations.

A good rule of thumb is that you should use “C’est bien” if talking about general things and “C’est bon” if talking about physical sensations (a.k.a. body sensations).

How to use it

Let’s see the different usages with some examples!

Scenario 1: it means “It’s good” when talking about food, weather or pretty much anything. For example while eating a burger “C’est bon ça” (That’s good) or “C’est bon, ce burger” (This burger is good) or even just “C’est bon” (It’s good)

Scenario 2: it means “It’s done” or “That’s enough” when you want to say that you had enough of something or something is completed. For example: “C’est bon, j’ai fini mes devoirs” (It’s done, I finished my homeworks) or if someone is pouring you water: “C’est bon, merci” (It’s enough, thanks).

In this case, with the right tone, it can also show exasperation, for example: “C’est bon arrête !” (That’s enough, stop it!)

Scenario 3: it could mean “It’s right” / “It’s correct“. For example, someone asks: “C’est bon ce que j’ai fait ?” (Is what I did correct?“) and you can answer “Oui, c’est bon” (Yes, it’s correct).

Fun fact

Ok, I admit, there is a last scenario… a sexy one…

Remember when I told you that “C’est bon” means “That’s good“? Well, it’s true, but it’s also famous to be used during (good) sex and in porn movies.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t have a vulgar reputation and won’t be wrongly interpreted, you can use it without risks. But just know that it can be part of dirty talk too…

Synonyms

  • C’est bien. (“It’s good“)
  • C’est très bon. (“It’s very good“)
  • C’est trop bon. (“It’s too good“)
  • C’est si bon. (“It’s so good“)
  • Qu’est-ce que c’est bon. (“It’s so good“)
  • C’est vraiment bon. (“It’s really good“)
  • C’est tellement bon. (“It’s so good“)
  • C’est fait. (“It’s done“)

Some antonyms:

  • C’est pas bon. (“It’s not good“)
  • Ce n’est pas bon. (“It’s not good“)
  • C’est pas très bon. (“It’s not very good“)
  • C’est pas vraiment bon. (“It’s not really good“)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Attention ! Une araignée ! “
” Warning! A spider! “
” C’est bon, je n’ai pas peur “
” That’s all right, I’m not afraid “
” Mais moi si ! “
” But I do! “
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