Last Updated: 9 March 2023

Un kilomètre à pied is a popular French rhyme for walking. It can be sung during a long walk with family, friends or at summer camp.

The story of the song

The song is ideal for motivating children during a long walk. Its lively rhythm entertains and encourages even the most stubborn to keep walking. The song can be played over and over again until you reach the finish line.

A walk in the forest of Hirtzbach © French Moments

A walk in the French forest © French Moments

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

Un kilomètre à pied

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The lyrics in French

The original song of Un kilomètre à pied has as many verses you want...

Couplet 1

Un kilomètre à pied,
Ça use, ça use,
Un kilomètre à pied,
Ça use les souliers.


Couplet 2

Deux kilomètres à pied,
Ça use, ça use,
Deux kilomètres à pied,
Ça use les souliers.


Couplet 3

Trois kilomètres à pied,
Ça use, ça use,
Trois kilomètres à pied,
Ça use les souliers.

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:

Verse 1

One kilometre on foot,
It wears out, it wears out,
One kilometre on foot,
It wears out the shoes.

Verse 2

Two kilometres on foot,
It wears out, it wears out,
Two kilometres on foot,
It wears out the shoes.


Verse 3

Three kilometres on foot,
It wears out, it wears out,
Three kilometres on foot,
It wears out the shoes.

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Un kilomètre à pied © French Moments

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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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