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The French idiom "Ce n'est pas ma tasse de thé"

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English translation

  • Translation : It's not something that I enjoy

  • Literal meaning : It's not my cup of tea

  • Register : Neutral - Funny

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / sə nɛ pa ma tas də te /

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What does it mean?


It literally means:


This quite recent expression in France is the literal translation of the same expression in English "It's not my cup of tea", not surprising considering that the United Kingdom is the realm of tea...

It is used to express that we are not in our favorite activity, that the thing in question is not something that suits us or that we like to do.

How to use it

The next time someone asks you to climb Mount Everest, you can say: "Non merci, ce n'est pas ma tasse de thé" (No thanks, it's not my cup of tea.)

For informal contexts, you can use instead: "Ce n'est pas mon truc" (Literally: "It's not my thing").

Synonyms / Related

Example in a dialogue with French audio


Tu aimes les croissants ?

Do you like croissants?

Entre toi et moi, ce n'est pas ma tasse de thé

Between you and me, it's not my cup of tea*

Va-t'en ! Je ne veux plus te voir !

Go away! I don't want to see you anymore!

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