Everything about the French sentence "Du calme"

You are going to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the basic phrase “Du calme”.

More precisely, this includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. As well as the cool stuff we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!

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How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does du calme mean?


“Du calme” means “Calm down / Relax / Chill”

People use it to recommend someone to chill and depending on the tone used, it could be more or less bossy.

How to use

Someone is very stressed about something and you want to help this person to relax, you might say: “Du calme, tout ira bien.” (Relax, it will be alright.)

Funny stuff

There are also a few very vulgar ways to say it like: “Pètes un coup” (Farts once) or “Détends-toi le string” (Loosen your thong/G-string).

But, of course, it’s very familiar and not “workplace friendly“!

Synonyms and similarities

  • Calme-toi. (“Calm down / Chill“)
  • Détends-toi. (“Calm down / Chill“)
  • Décompresse. (“Decompress / Uncompress“)
  • Respire. (“Breathe“)
  • Relax. (Yes, we use this English word too)

Example in a story with translation

Now, let’s see a complete example of this idiom in a story with slow French audio and the English translation below.
L'importance de la respiration
The importance of breathing
Tous les jours, nous sommes confrontés à des situations stressantes.
Every day, we face stressful situations.
Et ce stress peut venir de beaucoup de sources différentes.
And this stress can come from many different sources.
Le passé peut être stressant…
The past can be stressful…
Tout comme le présent…
Just like the present…
Et parfois même le futur !
And sometimes even the future!
Alors, quand vous sentez ce stress monter en vous, voilà ce que vous pouvez faire :
So, when you feel that stress building up in you, here’s what you can do:
Détendez-vous et commencez à respirer profondément : Inspirez… Expirez… Lentement.
Relax and start to breathe deeply: Breathe in… Breathe out… Slowly.
Vous vous dites peut-être : “Merci mais je sais que je dois respirer !”.
You are probably thinking: “Thank you, but I know I have to breathe!”
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