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Discover the French sentence "Ça n'en vaut pas la peine"

Get prepared to discover everything you need to know about the basic French phrase "Ça n'en vaut pas la peine". This include a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. As well as the cool stuff we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : It's not worth the trouble

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Audio pronunciation



  • IPA : / sa nɑ̃ vo pa la pɛn /

aesthetic french quote vaut pas la peine

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What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

This expression is build 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

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


Tu veux qu'on prenne un taxi ?

Do you want to take a taxi?

Non, ça n'en vaut pas la peine

No, it's not worth the trouble

Oui, je suis d'accord avec toi

Yes, I agree with you

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Je n'ai rien à dire