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The French idiom "Tu écris comme un cochon"

We are going to teach you all the things you have to know about the funny French expression "Tu écris comme un cochon". To be clear, this includes a complete guide of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. As well as the useful stuff we added like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : You have a bad handwriting

  • Literal meaning : You write like a pig

  • Register : Informal - Funny

How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / ty ekʁi kɔm ɛ̃ kɔʃɔ̃ /

aesthetic french quote ecrire comme un cochon

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What does it mean exactly?


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 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!


↓ Example in a story with translation ↓

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



AliceTu sais où je peux faire réparer ma voiture ?
Do you know where I can get my car repaired?
JacquesOui, pourquoi ?
Yes, why?
AliceCar elle fait un bruit étrange.
Because it makes a weird noise.
JacquesAlors je vais t'écrire le numéro de téléphone du garage sur un papier.
So I'll write you the garage's phone number on a piece of paper.
AliceOk, merci.
Ok, thank you.
JacquesLe voici...
Here it is...
AliceOh putain. Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?
Oh damn. What is that?
JacquesQuoi ? Qu'est-ce qui ne va pas ?
What? What's wrong?
AliceJe n'arrive pas à le lire !
Tu écris comme un cochonLiterally: You write like a pig
I can't read it! You have a terrible handwriting!
JacquesNe sois pas ridicule ! Laisse-moi voir...
Don't be ridiculous! Let me see...


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