How To Say No Problem In French + 7 Fun Expressions

The French expression for no problem is “pas de problème” (pronounced pa də pʀɔblɛm). The common mistake is to say “non problème”, but this is incorrect. This post will explore many other useful ways of saying no problem in French.

The more formal way of saying “no problem” is: “Il n’y a pas de problème”. This translates literally to “there is no problem”. The expression il y a means “there is”. In the negation, “il n’y a pas” means “there isn’t”.

Later on down the page you’ll see a funny expression including a lizard. So, keep reading!

Pas de problème pronunciation

Before we go any further let’s learn how to pronounce “pas de problème”. The website forvo.com gives four good audio samples of pas de problème. Without using the international pronunciation symbols, the pronunciation is: “pah duh problehm”.

The website, allaboutfrench.com also gives a very good audio sample in both fast and slow speeds.

What does “pas de” mean?

In the expression, “pas de problème“, what “problème” means is very obvious! But, what does “pas de” mean? The word pas translates to both “no” and “not”. When followed by a noun, the word “de” must be inserted to mean “not any”. Hence, the literal translation of “pas de problème” is “not any problem.

Other ways of saying no problem in French

There are many other ways to say no problem in French besides “pas de problème”. Let’s explore them now!

Firstly, we need to examine the verb “poser” as it’s associated with “pas de problème”. The verb poser in this context means to “pose” or “cause” a problem. Hence, the expression, “Ça ne pose pas de problème” means “that doesn’t pose (or cause) any problem”.

1 – Pas de souci

The expression “pas de souci” translates to “no problem”, “no worries” and “no sweat”. The world “souci” translates to “worry”. A longer version of this expression is: “Il y a pas de souci”, which translates literally to “there is no worry”.

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2 – Ce n’est pas grave

The French expression “ce n’est pas grave” translates literally to “it’s not grave/serious” and really means “it’s no big deal”. Other translations include “never mind” and “it doesn’t matter”. The French use the expression “ce n’est pas grave” very frequently and it can be used synonymously with “pas de problème”.

3 – Ça ne fait rien

Another useful expression is ça ne fait rien. This expression translates literally to “that makes nothing” and means “it’s nothing”, “that’s alright”, “that’s ok” and “don’t mention it”. The word “fait” comes from the verb faire, which means to make or do. The word “rien” means “nothing” or “anything”.

4 – Aucun problème

The word aucun translates to “no” or “not any” and can proceed any noun. Hence “aucun problème” means “no problem” and “Je n’ai aucun problème” means “I have no problem”.

5 – Ne dérange pas

The verb déranger means to bother or disturb. When making sentences ne dérange pas means not to disturb, or “have no problem”. Thus, the example sentence, “Ça ne me dérange pas si tu veux sortir ce soir” translates to “I have no problem if you want to go out tonight”.

6 – Il n’y a pas de quoi

The French expression, Il n’y pas de quoi is almost impossible to translate literally. The closest literal translation would be “There is no what”. However, this expression can be used to express both “you’re welcome” and “no problem”.

7 – Il n’y a pas de lézard

Il n’y a pas de lézard” is a slang French expression that translates literally to “there is no lizard” and means “no problem”. This expression has its roots in music where the term “un lézard” (lizard) referred to a disturbance in the quality of the sound. The expression can be shorted to “Y’a pas de lézard”.

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