The French idiom "Tu écris comme un cochon"

On this page, we are going to teach you everything you have to know about the funny expression “Tu écris comme un cochon”.

It includes a full guide of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. But wait, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

If you want, you will also find more of these expressions tutorials like this one on this page and the complete directory of all our French words pages on this page. Wishing you a happy learning!

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Translation in English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


  • Écrire → To write
  • Comme un → Like a
  • Cochon → Pig

Difficult to imagine how a pig would write precisely, but it’s safe to say that it wouldn’t be very stylish, right? We can imagine their handwriting would be very gross, full of stains and very difficult to read. (Just like mine, to be honest…)

Then, what a perfect comparison for someone with a bad handwriting! 

How to use it

If you know someone with a gross handwriting, you can tell this person “Tu écris comme un cochon.” or even “Tu écris vraiment comme un cochon !” (You really write like a pig!)

But if the person has a clean but very tiny and difficult to read handwriting, use instead: “Tu écris comme un chat.” (You write like a cat). Because if cats knew how to write, it would probably be a very tiny and lazy handwriting (between two naps).

In the next paragraph, you will find some variations with other pronouns in case you need them!


  • Écrire comme un chat. (“To write like a cat“)
  • J’écris comme un cochon. (“I write like a pig“)
  • Il écrit comme un cochon. (“He writes like a pig“)
  • Elle écrit comme un cochon. (“She writes like a pig“)
  • Vous écrivez comme un cochon. (“You write like a pig“)(More polite)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Tu sais que tu écris comme un cochon ? “
” Do you know that you write like a pig ? “
” J’écris si mal que ça ? “
” Is my writing that bad? “
” Franchement ? Oui “
” Frankly? Yes “
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