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The French phrase "Ça en vaut la peine"

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French to English translation

  • Translation : It's worth it

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How to pronounce it



  • IPA : / sa ɑ̃ vo la pɛn /

aesthetic french quote vaut la peine

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What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

This expression is built around "vaut" from the verb "valoir" which has a meaning of "value". So when something "Vaut la peine" (Worth the trouble) it means it has enough value to justify spending some time and energy on it.

If it's not interesting enough a.k.a. it has not enough "value" then it's not worth it: "Ça n'en vaut pas la peine."

How to use it

Someone asks you if what you are reading is interesting and the book disappointed you: "Non, ça n'en vaut pas la peine." (No, it's not worth it/the trouble.) But if you liked it and want to recommend it, you can say: "Oui, ça en vaut la peine."

N.B. The "Oui" and "Non" before the expression are optional, but we tend to use them to make our sentences more clear.

Synonyms / Related


Example in a dialogue with French audio


Quelles sont vos bonnes résolutions ?

What are your new year's resolutions?

Je vais courir tous les jours !

I will run everyday!

Ça en vaut la peine !

It's worth it!

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Joyeux Noël !


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