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The French idiom "Tu chantes comme une casserole"

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French to English

  • Translation : You are a lousy singer

  • Literal meaning : You sing like a saucepan

  • Register : Informal - Funny




  • IPA : / ty ʃɑ̃t kɔm yn kasʁɔl /

aesthetic french quote chanter comme casserole

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What does it mean?


For this expression we will need two things: a saucepan and a spoon. Once you have it, follow the recipe below:

Step 1: Take a saucepan in your left hand

Step 2: Take the spoon in your right hand

Step 3: Bang the saucepan with the spoon (5 times)

As you probably noticed, the sound is f*** annoying, loud and not harmonized.

Just like someone who sings poorly (I plead guilty), that's why we use this comparison. So now that you know where this is coming from, let's see how you can use it.

How to use

Every time that friend/relative of yours is singing terribly (while acting like he/she is a superstar) you now have a funny weapon to use! Just say "Tu chantes comme une casserole !" and he/she might stop...

On the other hand, if someone asks you if you are a talented singer but you have no illusion on your singing skills, you can say: "Je chante comme une casserole". Fair enough.

Fun stuff

This idiom is so popular that we ended up using the word casserole (saucepan) by itself to designate an awful singer.

So you can even say "T'es vraiment une casserole" (You really are a saucepan) to say "You are a terrible singer"

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with slow audio ↓

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

À propos d'hier soir

About last night

Rémi s'est réveillé avec un horrible mal de tête.
Rémi woke up with a horrible headache.
KarineOh, je vois que tu es réveillé !
Oh, I see that you're awake!
RémiJ'ai tellement soif...
I'm so thirsty...
KarineBien sûr, tu as beaucoup bu hier soir.
Of course, you drank a lot last night.
RémiJe ne me souviens de rien.
I don't remember anything.
KarineTout a commencé avec du vin rouge.
It all started with red wine.
RémiAh oui, je me souviens d'une bouteille de vin.
Ah yes, I remember a bottle of wine.
KarinePas seulement une bouteille, mais trois bouteilles !
Not just one bottle, but three bottles!
RémiJ'ai dû perdre le contrôle après la première.. putain, je vieillis...
I must have lost control after the first one... fuck, I'm getting old...


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