The French sentence "Je m'en fous complètement" explained

Are you ready to discover all the things you ever wanted to know about the funny phrase “Je m’en fous complètement”?

This include a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a dialogue with an audio example. And that’s not all, we also added some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

Oh and if you want, on this page you will find our others phrases explained plus the directory of all our French words pages on this page. Happy learning!

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French to English

How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?

Definition

The literal meaning is:

  • Je → I
  • M’en fous → Am f**king it
  • Complètement → Completely

Even if it literally means that you are f**king it, it’s a famous and very used expression that means for us: “I don’t care“. We don’t really think about the literal meaning since we don’t use much the word “fous” from “foutre” in other situations.

But as you probably guessed, this is still very familiar and you shouldn’t use it in official situations, like with teachers, boss, etc. 

It’s also useful to know that a “polite” way of saying it exists and it’s “Peu importe” (It doesn’t matter much). Ça m’est égal. (“It’s egal to me“) is quite polite too. Check the “Synonyms” chapter below for more variations.

The “complètement” at the end is optional and making it more powerful if you need to.

How to use

Someone asks you which is your favorite football team, but you don’t care about football… you can say “Le foot je m’en fous complètement.” (I couldn’t care less about football)

Now your boss asks you if you prefer working tomorrow or the day after, you can say: “Peu importe.” (It doesn’t matter much).

Fun facts

They are infinite ways to express this feeling in French, most of them very vulgar, but I personally have a favourite one…

And it’s: “Ça m’en touche une sans faire bouger l’autre.” which means “It’s touching one without the second one moving“. And it’s talking about…men’s genitals. Classy, huh?

Check the list below if you want to find your favorite one!

Synonyms

They are sorted from the more “formal” to the more “vulgar“, even though this is not an exact science and can vary depending on people, culture, religion, etc.

  • Peu importe. (“It doesn’t matter much“)
  • Ça m’est égal. (“It’s egal to me“)
  • Je m’en moque. (“I’m mocking it“)
  • Ça me passe par dessus la tête. (“It’s going above my head“)
  • Ça me passe par dessus la jambe. (“It’s going above my leg“)
  • J’en ai rien à faire. (“I have nothing to do with it“)
  • Rien à cirer. (“Nothing to wax“)
  • Je m’en fiche. (“I don’t care“)
  • Je m’en fous. (“I don’t care“)
  • Je m’en bats l’oeil. (“I’m beating my eye with it“)
  • Je m’en balance. (“I’m swinging with it“)
  • Je m’en tape. (“I’m beating myself with it“)
  • Je m’en contre fiche. (“I don’t give a f**k“)
  • Je m’en contre fous. (“I don’t give a f**k“)
  • J’en m’en tamponne le coquillard. (“I’m stamping my shell with it“)
  • J’en m’en tamponne le coquillard avec une queue de hareng. (“I’m stamping my shell with a herring’s tail“)
  • Ça m’en touche une sans faire bouger l’autre. (“It’s touching one without the second one moving“)
  • J’en ai rien à foutre. (“I have nothing to f**k with it“)
  • J’en ai rien à branler. (“I have nothing to masturbate with it“)
  • Je m’en branle. (“I’m masturbating with it“)
  • Je m’en bats les steaks. (“I’m beating my steaks with it“)
  • Je m’en bats les couilles. (“I’m beating my balls with it“)
  • Je m’en bats la race. (“I’m beating my race with it“)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Tu t’intéresses à la politique ? “
” Are you interested in politics? “
” Je m’en fous complètement “
” I couldn’t care less “
” Moi aussi “
” Me too “
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