All about the French phrase "Je n'ai pas le temps"

Are you ready to find out all the things you need to know about the basic French sentence “Je n’ai pas le temps”?

To be clear, it includes a full definition of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example. Along with the cool things we added like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

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French to English translation

Audio pronunciation

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean?


It literally means:

  • Je → I
  • N’ai pas → Don’t have
  • Le temps → The time

This is the academic way to say: “I don’t have time” in French. For the version we use the most: you can skip the ” n’ ” if you want and say “J’ai pas le temps” instead, this is totally fine too.

How to use it

Let’s say that someone just asked you if you have time to watch a football match this afternoon. But you already have some things planned… so you say “J’ai pas le temps.” to express: “I can’t, I’m busy/I don’t have time

It’s important to note that “J’ai pas le temps” means that you don’t have time for this specific task. If instead you want to say that you don’t have time for you in general, use: “J’ai pas de temps pour moi.” which means “I don’t have any time for me“.

Synonyms and similarities

  • J’ai pas le temps. (“I don’t have time“)
  • Je n’ai pas de temps. (“I don’t have any time“)
  • Je manque de temps. (“I’m lacking time“)
  • J’ai pas beaucoup de temps. (“I don’t have a lot of time“)
  • Je n’ai pas de temps à perdre. (“I don’t have any time to lose“)
  • Je n’ai pas de temps à te consacrer. (“I don’t have any time for you“)
  • J’ai pas l’time (“I have no time“)(Familiar)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Tu vas courir aujourd’hui ? “
” Are you going to run today? “
” Non. Je n’ai pas le temps, et toi ? “
” No. I don’t have time, and you? “
” Non, j’ai la flemme
” No, I feel lazy “
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