The French sentence "Fais ce que tu veux"

We are going to explain you all the things you want to know about the inspirational phrase “Fais ce que tu veux”.

Including a detailed guide of what it is and how you can use it in a dialogue with an audio example. But, we also added useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!

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Translation in English

Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?

Definition

The literal meaning is:

  • Fais  → Do
  • Ce que → What
  • Tu → You
  • Veux → Want

This inspirational sentence means “Do whatever you want” and is very often used as an advice to someone.

How to use it

You can use it just like you would use “Do whatever you want” in English, for example, when someone is hesitating between several options you can recommend this person to do whatever he she wants.

You can also use it when you are desperate that someone is not listening to you and is obviously not open to conversation, in this case you can say “Bah ! Fais ce que tu veux !” (Bah! Do whatever you want!). Implying that this person could do what he/she wants but will have to assume the consequences of her/his choice.

Finally, you can be more precise depending on the topic of the conversation. For example, a friend wants a tattoo: “Fais ce que tu veux de ton corps” (Do whatever you want of your body) or about choosing a romantic partner: ”Fais ce que tu veux de ton coeur” (Do whatever you want of your heart), etc.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Fais ce que tu as envie. (“Do whatever you want“)
  • Fais ce que tu as envie de faire. (“Do whatever you want to do“)
  • Aime et fais ce que tu veux. (“Love and do whatever you want“)
  • Fais ce que tu veux, mais ne tyrannise personne. (“Do whatever you want but don’t bully anybody“)
  • Quoi que tu fasses dans ta vie, les gens te critiqueront alors fais ce que tu veux. (“Whatever you do, people will criticize you, so do whatever you want.“)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Je vais au restaurant, ça te dit ? “
” I’m going to the restaurant, up for it? “
” Peut être, je vais y réfléchir “
” Maybe, I will think about it “
” D’accord, fais ce que tu veux “
” Ok, do whatever you want “
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