Everything about the French phrase "Sois toi-même"

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English translation

How to pronounce

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Sois toi-même meaning

Definition

It literally means:

  • Sois → Be
  • Toi-même → Yourself

Such a classic inspirational sentence: very useful as a personal reminder or to motivate someone else. It simply means “Be yourself” and it encourages us to stop chasing to be like someone else, look like someone else, etc. 

It’s a way to say that the best thing we can do in this world is to simply be ourselves.

How to use it

This is very simple to use, if you know someone who needs to stop trying to be someone else and act more naturally, tell to this person: “Sois toi-même.

Fun stuff

It also looks gorgeous as a tattoo!

Synonyms

  • Sois toi-même, tous les autres sont déjà pris. (“Be yourself, everybody else is already taken“)
  • Sois toi-même, tu ne sais jamais qui tu inspires. (“Be yourself, you never know who you inspire“)
  • Sois toujours la première version de toi même et non la deuxième version de quelqu’un d’autre. (“Be always the first version of yourself and not the second version of someone else“)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Comment savoir quoi faire ? “
” How to know what to do in this situation? “
” Sois toi-même, c’est toujours la bonne solution “
” Be yourself, it’s always the right solution. “
” Tu as raison, merci ! “
” You’re right, thanks! “
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