Everything about the French phrase "Je n'ai pas peur"

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French to English

How to pronounce it

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?

Definition

The literal meaning is:

  • Je → I
  • N’ai pas → Have not
  • Peur → Fear

It’s translated in English as “I’m not afraid” or “I’m not scared“, because we don’t have the same difference “scared” vs. “afraid” in French. 

As you can see, we use “have + fear” to express this feeling while in English you use “be + afraid/scared“. So in French “fear” is rather something you have than something you are.

The antonym is “J’ai peur” (I’m scared / I’m afraid).

How to use it

You can use it to talk about phobias, for example: “Je n’ai pas peur des araignées” (I’m not scared of spiders) or “J’ai peur des araignées” (I’m scared of spiders).

But also while talking about something that might happen, for example, someone asks you: “Tu n’as pas peur que ton avion s’écrase ?” (Aren’t you afraid that your plane might crash?). In this case you can say: “Non, je n’ai pas peur” (No, I’m not afraid). Here, it has a sense of “Being anxious about something“.

You can also use the shorter version: “J’ai pas peur” which has exactly the same meaning, but it’s more informal.

Synonyms

  • J’ai pas peur. (“I’m not afraid“)
  • Même pas peur. (“Not even afraid“)
  • Tu n’as pas peur. (“You are not afraid“)
  • Il n’a pas peur. (“He is not afraid“)
  • Elle n’a pas peur. (“She is not afraid“)
  • Vous n’avez pas peur. (“You are not afraid“)(Formal and plural)
  • Nous n’avons pas peur. (“We are not afraid“)
  • Ils n’ont pas peur. (“They are not afraid“)(Masculine and mixed)
  • Elles n’ont pas peur. (“They are not afraid“)(Feminine)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Attention ! Une araignée ! “
” Warning! A spider! “
” C’est bon, je n’ai pas peur “
” That’s all right, I’m not afraid “
” Mais moi si ! “
” But I do! “
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