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French Idiom “C’est Simple Comme Bonjour” Meaning & Examples

French Idiom “C’est Simple Comme Bonjour” Meaning & Examples

“C’est simple comme bonjour” is one of my favorite French expressions. The literal trasnlation is: “it’s as easy as hello” and meanings include “it’eas easy as pie”, “it’s easy as ABC” and “it’s as simple as that”. A French-to-French translation is “c’est vraiment très facile” (it’s really very easy).

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French Idiom: "Simple comme bonjour" (easy as pie)

According to Expressio.fr, other meanings include “dead simple”, “easy to do”, “easy to understand” and “obvious”. Linternaute.fr suggests that the expression dates to the 19th century when the idea of greeting somebody with “bonjour” (hello) was associated with great simplicity.

Here are some example sentences:

Écoute, la recette est vraiment facile à préparer. Tu mélanges tous les ingredients dans un bol et c’est tout. C’est simple comme bonjour !

Listen, the recipe is really easy to prepare. You mix all the ingredients in a bowl and that’s it. It’s as simple as that!

Il ne faut pas suranalyser la situation. C’est simple comme bonjour !

There’s no need to overthing the situation. It’s dead simple.

Here are some synonymous expresssions in French

  • C’est du gâteau – Literally: it’s cake
  • C’est facile comme tout – Literally: easy as anything
  • C’est bête comme chou – Literally: stupid like cabbage

Conclusion

Congratulations! You you know how to use the French expression simple comme bonjour. Now check out some other fun French expressions such as avoir le cafard (to be depressed) tomber dans les pommes (to faint), être dans la lune (to have your head in the clouds).

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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