All about the French expression "On marche sur la tête"

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Are included a detailed explanation of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. Together with the cool informations we sprinkled like literal meaning, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

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Translation in English


Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


  • Marcher → To walk
  • Sur → On
  • La tête → The head

You will probably agree that walking on your feet and thinking with your head is a very basic human feature, right?

Then doing the exact opposite would be a huge nonsense, an illogical behavior, right?

That’s precisely why, when someone is acting illogically or more generally when some things are nonsense, we have the expression: “Marcher sur la tête“. 

It means ” It’s as logical as walking on the head“. Ouch.

How to use it

People tend to use it when they are furious toward someone or something.

In the first case, if someone acts illogically, and this is pissing you off: “Mais tu marches sur la tête ou quoi ?!” (But are you walking on your head or what?!)

For the second scenario, let’s imagine you are pissed by a nonsense situation and you want to highlight how crazy this is. For example, your friend asks your opinion about the world’s ecologic situation, then you might say: “On marche sur la tête“.  

Here, “On” (It) refers to “People / The world / Humanity” more globally, without targeting one precise person. The situation as a whole is as logical as walking on the head.

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue by French natives

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Dialogue transcription

” C’est vraiment insensé ce qu’il se passe ! “
” It’s really crazy what’s going on! “
” Oui ! On marche sur la tête ! “
” Yes! We walk on the head! “
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