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The French phrase "C'est dommage" explained

You are going to find out everything you need to know about the basic phrase "C'est dommage". This include a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. But, we also added some useful informations like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!

French to English

  • Translation : Too bad

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How to pronounce?



  • IPA : / sɛ dɔmaʒ /

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What does c'est dommage mean?


The literal meaning is:

French people use it to express a feeling of regret or disappointment, just like: "Too bad" or "It's a pity" in English.

How to use

Use it when you want to express your disappointment or when you have regrets about something. You can use it just like this or add more precisions about what you are disappointed with right after.

For example, your best friend didn't come to your party. When talking about that the day after he/she says: "Désolé(e) je n'ai pas pu venir" (Sorry, I couldn't come). You might answer: "C'est dommage" (Too bad) because you really wanted her/him to be there.

Now if you want to be more precise, you can use: "C'est dommage que tu ne sois pas venu(e)" (It's a pity that you didn't come). Or even "C'est dommage, j'avais préparé ton gâteau préféré" (It's a pity, I cooked your favorite cake.)

Finally, you can also use "Dommage" alone to express "Too bad" but it's a bit more informal.


↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Enregistrement à l'aéroport

Check-in at the airport

AgentBonjour Monsieur. Où allez-vous ?
Hello Sir. Where are you going?
JacquesBonjour. Je vais à Moscou.
Hello. I'm going to Moscow.
AgentPuis-je avoir votre passeport, s'il vous plaît ?
Can I have your passport, please?
JacquesBien sûr. Le voici.
Of course. Here it is.
AgentAvez-vous un bagage en soute ?
Do you have checked baggage?
JacquesOui, juste celui-ci.
Yes, just this one.
AgentEt avez-vous un bagage à main ?
And do you have carry-on baggage?
AgentTrès bien. Veuillez placer votre bagage sur la balance.
Very good. Please put your luggage on the scale.


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