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This include a detailed definition of what it is and how to use it in a conversation with an audio example. Along with the cool stuff we added like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!
It literally means:
Depending on context, this French sentence can have two meanings: that you are not very good at something or that you don’t enjoy doing something.
First scenario: someone asks you if you are a talented singer, but you’re really not… so you can say: “Non, ce n’est pas mon truc“. It doesn’t mean that you don’t like to sing, just that you are not talented.
Second scenario: someone asks you if you enjoy doing hiking and you hate it, you can also say: “Non, ce n’est pas mon truc“. Here, it’s clear that you just don’t like it, even if you might be good at it.
Disclaimer: both scenarios aren’t 100% independent because we tend to be good at what we enjoy doing and vice versa…
You can also use “C’est pas mon truc” which is exactly the same thing, but a bit shorter. Indeed many French people skip the ” n’ ” part, which represents the negation, because the word “pas” is clear enough to make the sentence negative.
A very-similar-but-yet-different sentence that you can use is “Ce n’est pas mon problème” which is a very very polite way to say “I don’t care” (literally: “It’s not my problem“).