The French expression "Je ne suis pas dans mon assiette"

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French to English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


  • Je ne suis pas → I am not
  • Dans → In
  • Mon assiette → My plate

What’s the link between not feeling well and a plate?

“Assiette” (Plate) comes from the word “Asseoir” (To sit) then “Ne pas être dans son assiette” (To not be in one’s plate) in an image for being unable to “sit comfortably“. 

When it happens it’s causing pain and fatigue, making you “not feeling well“.

So if we extended what this expression really means, it would be: “I’m not in my normal disposition and that makes me feel bad.

How to use

You can use it to talk about how you feel: “Je m’en vais, je ne suis pas dans mon assiette aujourd’hui.” (I’m leaving, I don’t feel well today.)

Or to ask someone about how he/she feels: “Tu vas bien ? Tu n’as pas l’air dans ton assiette.” (Are you ok? You don’t seem to be in your plate.)

Synonyms and similarities

  • Ne pas avoir l’air dans son assiette. (“To not seems in one’s plate“)
  • Ne pas se sentir bien. (“To not feel good“)
  • Elle n’est pas dans son assiette. (“She is not in her plate“)
  • Il n’est pas dans son assiette. (“He is not in his plate“)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

Ça va ? Tu n’as pas l’air bien “
” Are you okay ? You do not look well “
” Non, je ne suis pas dans mon assiette “
” No, I’m not in my plate “
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