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Last Updated: 9 March 2023

Un éléphant ça trompe énormément is a popular rhyme among French children.

About the song

The song is a play on words: "trompe" means the elephant's trunk and also deception (an elephant deceives someone).

With Un éléphant, ça trompe énormément, children learn about numbers. In groups, the children can challenge each other to count as far as possible.

The tune of "Un éléphant, ça trompe énormément" is similar to that of "Un kilomètre à pied"

Elephant head near Les Halles © French Moments

Elephant head near Les Halles, Paris at number 3 rue de la Cossonnerie © French Moments

Un éléphant ça trompe énormément

Lyrics, music, free download... let's learn more about the popular song:

The lyrics in French

The original song of Un éléphant, ça trompe énormément has a chorus and as many verses you want to add.

Couplet 1

Un éléphant, ça trompe, ça trompe
Un éléphant, ça trompe énormément


La peinture à l'huile
C'est bien difficile
Mais c'est bien plus beau
Que la peinture à l'eau

Couplet 2

Deux éléphants, ça trompe, ça trompe
Deux éléphants, ça trompe, énormément

Couplet 3

Trois éléphants, ça trompe, ça trompe
Trois éléphants, ça trompe, énormément

Couplet 10

Dix éléphants, ça trompe, ça trompe
Dix éléphants, ça trompe, énormément

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:

Verse 1

An elephant, it tricks, it tricks
An elephant, that tricks a lot


Oil painting
It is very difficult
But it is much more beautiful
Than watercolour painting

Verse 2

Two elephants, they trick, they trick
Two elephants, they trick a lot

Verse 3

Three elephants, they trick, they trick
Three elephants, they trick a lot

Verse 10

Ten elephants, they trick, they trick
Ten elephants, they trick a lot

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Un éléphant ça trompe énormément © French Moments

French Nursery Rhymes

My challenge for the year 2023 is to publish 80 French Nursery Rhymes lyrics and descriptions (list below). Come back as time goes by to discover the new articles:

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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