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

Get prepared to find out everything you need to know about the inspirational French phrase "Ne perds pas ton temps". More precisely, it includes a full definition of what it is and how you can use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. And because we want to help you on your learning journey, we also added some useful things like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Don't waste your time

  • Register : Neutral - Inspirational

How to pronounce?



  • IPA : / nə pɛʁ pa tɔ̃ tɑ̃ /

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What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

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.


Example in a dialogue with French audio


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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