All about the French sentence "Ne perds pas ton temps"

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Translation in English

How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

  • Ne perds pas → Don’t lose
  • Ton → Your
  • Temps → Time

This is generally translated in English as “Don’t waste your time” and that’s precisely what it means. We use it as an advice/recommendation for not wasting time and energy on a task we judge hopeless or just not worth it.

How to use

A friend of yours or a relative is spending a lot of time trying to have a picture with a celebrity, but you think it’s not worth it. Then you might say “Ne perds pas ton temps, ça ne vaut pas le coup” (Don’t waste your time, it’s not worth it)

Or maybe this person is trying to prove that the earth is flat, which you (hopefully) think is hopeless. Then you might say: “Ne perds pas ton temps, c’est impossible” (Don’t lose your time, it’s impossible).

In both cases you can just say “Ne perds pas ton temps.” it’s enough, but adding such things after makes it more clear.


  • Perds pas ton temps. (“Don’t lose your time“)
  • Ne gaspille pas ton temps. (“Don’t waste your time“)
  • Gaspille pas ton temps. (“Don’t waste your time“)
  • Je perds mon temps. (“I’m losing my time“)
  • Tu me fais perdre mon temps. (“You make me lose my time“)
  • C’est chronophage. (“It’s time consuming“)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Elle m’a quitté… “
” She dumped me… “
” Ne perds pas ton temps, le meilleur est à venir
” Don’t waste your time, the best is yet to come. “
” Oui, tu as raison ! “
” Yes, you’re right! “
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