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French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
Cherchez La Femme - The Most Sexist French...
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French First Names for Girls
Looking for a name to use in French class, or inspiration for naming your baby? This list includes more than 100 common French names for girls, along with their pronunciation, English equivalents, and literal meaning. Page 3.
Être - to be - Conjugation of the French...
Je suis, tu es, il est... Learn the conjugation of the French Verb Être - to be. Être is very irregular in French, and its spelling and pronunciation can be tricky.
How to Type French Accents
You don't need software or a special keyboard to type French accents - everything you need to know is right here.
French First Names for Boys
Looking for a name to use in French class, or inspiration for naming your baby? This list includes more than 100 common French names for boys, along with their pronunciation, English equivalents, and literal meaning. Page 2.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir ?
Learn about the meanings and uses of the French expression voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir.
French Subjunctive - Subjonctif
The subjunctive mood is used to express actions or ideas which are subjective or otherwise uncertain: will/wanting, emotion, doubt, possibility, necessity, judgment. It is nearly always found in dependent clauses introduced by que or qui, and the subjects of the dependent and main clauses are usually different.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
How to say "I love you" in French
They say that French is the language of love, so you'd better know how to say I love you! Check out this sound file and step-by-step instructions to learn how to say I love you in French. Page 3.
Avoir - to have - Conjugation of the French...
J'ai, tu as, il a... Learn the conjugation of the French Verb Avoir - to have. Avoir is very irregular in French, and its spelling and pronunciation can be tricky.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
Aller - to Go - Conjugation of the French...
Je vais, tu vas, il va... Learn the conjugation of the French Verb Aller - to go. Aller is very irregular in French, and its spelling and pronunciation can be tricky.
French Verb Conjugator - How To Conjugate...
This page lists the top 10 irregular French verb conjugations, and over 1300 common French verb conjugations + tips: bookmark it!
Conjugation of the French Irregular Verb Faire...
Je fais, tu fais, il fait... Learn the conjugation of the French Verb Faire- to make, to do. Faire is very irregular in French, and its spelling and pronunciation can be tricky.
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
Pouvoir - can, to be able
Learn how to conjugate pouvoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Vouloir - to want
Learn how to conjugate vouloir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Terms of Endearment - Termes d'affection
If French is the language of love, what better language is there to express your love? French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial). Page 2.
What Does "Faire le Pont Mean"?
Faire le pont is an expression so typically French - both in its vocabulary and its concept. It means having a four day long weekend - let's see why.
De vs Du, De la, Des - French Prepositions and...
Test yourself on using de by itself vs when to use du, de la, or des.
Venir - to come
Learn how to conjugate venir, an irregular French verb.
Prendre - to take
Learn how to conjugate prendre, an irregular -re French verb.
Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url body background background color
Imperfect - French Past Tense
The French imperfect (imparfait) is a descriptive past tense which indicates an ongoing state of being or a repeated or incomplete action.
Passé composé - French Compound...
The passé composé is the most common French past tense, often used in conjunction with the imperfect (imparfait) and used to express actions completed in the past.
French Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
French Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
French Words and Expressions in English
The English language has borrowed a great number of French words and expressions. Some of this vocabulary has been so completely absorbed by English that speakers might not realize its origins, while other words and expressions have retained their Frenchness - a certain je ne sais quoi which speakers tend to be much more aware of. Here are some French words and expressions which are commonly used in English. Page 2.
Saying Yes in French - oui, ouais, mouais, si -...
Saying yes in French seems simple enough. But believe me, you'll be surprised at all the possibilities - and important differences with English.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
French Regular -ER Verbs
Regular -er verbs, that is, verbs that end in -er, are the largest category of French verbs. Thousands of regular French -er verbs are conjugated according to the same pattern, so once you've learned the rules of conjugation for regular -er verbs, you'll be able to conjugate all of them.
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
De vs Du, De la, Des
The preposition de tends to be very difficult for French students. This lesson explains when to use de by itself vs when to use du, de la, or des.
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
French First Names
There are hundreds of common French first names. Some of them look just like their English counterparts, others are fairly similar, and still others seem completely unique. Here are more than 200 of the most popular French names, along with their pronunciation and English equivalents.
French Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
What's That Jena Se Qua? Correct Spelling and...
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How to Ask Questions in French
Want to know something? Whether you're working, traveling, learning, or just trying to learn more about someone, questions are an essential part of any conversation. This lesson will teach you four different ways to ask questions in French.
Oh là là
What does the French expression oh là là mean and how is it used?
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
French Subject Pronouns - Pronoms sujets
The subject of a verb is the person or thing which performs that action. Subject pronouns replace this person or thing. When learning French, you must understand subject pronouns before you can begin conjugating verbs, because the forms of verbs change for each subject pronoun.
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
Dire - to say, tell
Learn how to conjugate dire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
French Regular -IR Verbs
Regular -IR verbs, that is, verbs that end in -IR, are the second largest category of French verbs. Hundreds of regular French -IR verbs are conjugated according to the same pattern, so once you've learned the rules of conjugation for regular -IR verbs, you'll be able to conjugate all of them.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
French Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
French Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Happy Birthday in French - Bon Anniversaire
Learn how to say - and sing! - happy birthday in French, plus more French vocabulary related to birthdays and other special occasions.
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
Avoir, Être, Faire
The irreglar French verbs avoir (to have), être (to be), and faire (to do/make) are the most important French verbs. They are used in some of the ways that we use them in English as well as in many expressions.
French Regular -RE Verbs
Regular -RE verbs, that is, verbs that end in -RE, are a small category of French verbs which are conjugated according to the same pattern. Once you've learned the rules of conjugation for regular -RE verbs, you'll be able to conjugate all of them.
la canicule
What does the French word canicule mean? How is it pronounced and used?
French Conditional Mood
The conditional is, in my opinion, one of the simplest French conjugations. There is only one set of endings for all verbs, and most of them - even many which are irregular in the present tense - use their infinitives as the root.
French Future Tense
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Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
Expressing Gratitude in French
There are many different ways to express gratitude in French, from a simple thank you to ultra-polite expressions of appreciation. Learn how to thank everyone for everything with this list of expressions related to gratitude.
Voilà
Looking for a lesson on the French expression voilà, including its many meanings and the correct spelling? Voilà!
Learn French - French for Beginners
This section of the Learn French at About site includes hundreds of pages to help you learn French. Whether you're just beginning to learn French or picking it up again after a long absence, you'll find everything you need right here: pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, tips, and more.
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
French Calendar Vocabulary - Le calendrier
Memorize this French calendar vocabulary so that you can talk about the day of the week and the date in French.
French Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
Telling Time in French - L'Heure
Learn how to tell time in French. This multi-part lesson includes notes, sound files, and practice exercises to help master telling time in French.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
French Kisses
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Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
De rien
Don't thank me until you've read this lesson on the French expression de rien.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
Bon matin - French Mistake
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Top Self-Studying Resources for French
There are many resources to learn French - let's take a closer look at your options. First tip: learning with audio is a must.
French Present Tense
The French present tense, called le présent or le présent de l'indicatif, is quite similar in usage to the English present tense.
Vive la France !
Learn about the meanings and uses of the French expression vive la France.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
Tout à l'heure
What does the French expression tout à l'heure mean and how is it used?
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
Mot du Jour - Learn a French Word a Day
A new French word posted every weekday, with pronunciation, examples of usage, and related words.
French Past Tenses - Passé compos&eacute...
During the first year of French study, every student becomes aware of the troublesome relationship between the two main past tenses: imperfect and passé composé. This lesson compares and contrasts the usage of these two French verb tenses.
Partitive Articles and Indefinite Articles
The preposition de tends to be very difficult for French students. This lesson explains when to use de by itself vs when to use du, de la, or des with partitive articles and indefinite articles. Page 2.
French Business Letters - Correspondance...
Tips and formulas to help you write all kinds of business letters in French.
French Direct Objects and Direct Object Pronouns
Direct objects are the people or things in a sentence which receive the action of the verb. To find the direct object in a sentence, ask the question Who? or What?
French Unisex Names
Looking for a name to use in French class, or inspiration for naming your baby? This list includes some common French names that are suitable for both boys and girls, along with their pronunciation and English equivalents. Page 4.
French School Vocabulary
French for beginners: school vocabulary: sans serif font school vocabulary document url french school french test
French Pronominal Voice and Pronominal Verbs
Pronominal verbs, including reflexive verbs, need a reflexive pronoun to indicate that the subject is performing the action of the verb upon itself.
Parts of the Body
Parts of the body are found in many idiomatic French expressions. Learn how to say irrelevant, lazy, hangover, and more. Each item in this list is linked to a detailed lesson with a sound file and examples of how to use the expression.
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
French Relative Pronouns
Like its English counterpart, a French relative pronoun links a dependent/relative clause to a main clause. Que, qui, lequel, dont, and où are the French relative pronouns, and there's no one-to-one equivalent for these words - depending on context, the English translation may be who, whom, that, which, whose, where, or when.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
Bastille Day
Learn about Bastille Day, the French national holiday which celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution.
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Résumé - Le CV fran&ccedil...
When applying for a job in a French-speaking country, your résumé needs to be in French, which is more than a matter of translation. Aside from the obvious language difference, certain information that may not be required on résumés in your country is required in France. This article explains the basic requirements and formats of French résumés, and includes several examples to help you get started.
French Food Vocabulary - La nourriture
Eating is fundamental and can also be highly enjoyable. Learn this French vocabulary related to food so that you can eat your favorite foods in France.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Qui and Que - French Relative Pronouns
Que and que are the most often confused relative pronouns, probably because one of the first things French students learn is that qui means who and que means that or what. Page 2.
Passé simple
The passé simple is the literary equivalent of the passé composé, used only in formal writing and speech. Learn all about the French passé simple.
Top French Verbs
Of the thousands of French verbs, there are a few that get used far more than the rest, so you need to make sure that you know what they mean and how to use and conjugate them. Here are lessons and conjugations for the most common French verbs.
Je Te Manque or Tu Me Manques - How to Say I...
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Y - French Pronoun
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French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
La Marseillaise - English Translation
Read the words to the French national anthem La Marseillaise translated into English
French Directions - French for Beginners
Test on giving and understanding French directions.
French Demonstrative Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) are words used in place of articles to indicate a specific noun. In French, they must agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify.
French Restaurant Vocabulary
All the French vocabulary that you need for restaurants, from ordering to asking for the check. Bon appétit !
Quiz on French Words and Expressions in English
The English language has borrowed many words and expressions from French. Some have been completely absorbed by English, while other have retained their Frenchness - a certain 'je ne sais quoi' which speakers tend to be much more aware of. Here is a list of French terms commonly used in English.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
French Texting - Les Textos français
French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in chatrooms, forums, email, and text messaging / sms.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Il y a
The French expression il y a can mean there is or there are and is one of the most important expressions in the French language.
French Indefinite Demonstrative Pronouns
Invariable demonstrative pronouns (ce, ceci, cela, ça) do not have a specific antecedent and thus do not have different forms for gender and number. Indefinite demonstrative pronouns can refer to something abstract, like an idea or a situation, or to something indicated but unnamed.
Savoir vs Connaître
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I Want To Learn French, Where Do I Start?
Starting French may be overwhelming. There are essential questions you need to ask yourself first to set up a successful plan of action.
Beginning French Pronunciation
French, like English, can be very difficult in terms of pronunciation, due to intricacies like silent letters, multiple sounds for a single letter, and endless exceptions to whatever rules you find. This simplified pronunciation chart can help you get a good idea about how to pronounce new words.
French Indirect Objects and Indirect Object...
Indirect objects are the people in a sentence to or for whom the action of the verb occurs. In French, indirect object pronouns can only refer to people, and they usually precede the verb.
French Gender - Masculine Endings
French gender is a constant headache for many students of French. There's no simple way to know the gender of every noun other than just learning the gender with each word. There are, however, some patterns in suffixes and word endings - certain endings tend to indicate masculine nouns, while other endings favor feminine nouns. These gender patterns are not fool-proof, but they can help you to figure out the gender of many French nouns.
French Restaurant Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French restaurant vocabulary
Être, Avoir, Faire - Test on "To Be" in...
Test on translating 'to be' into French.: sans serif font document url body background background color pairs
French Articles - Articles français
French articles are sometimes confusing for language students, because they have to agree with the nouns they modify and because they don't always correspond to articles in other languages. As a general rule, if you have a noun in French, there is virtually always an article in front of it, unless you use some other type of determiner such as a possessive or demonstrative adjective.
Essential French - French for Beginners
Test on essential French vocabulary and phrases like do you speak English, yes, no, and I don't know.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
French Past Perfect - Pluperfect
The French past perfect, or pluperfect, is used to indicate an action in the past that occurred before another action in the past
French Weather Vocabulary - Le Temps
Ready to make the ultimate small talk? Learn to chat about the weather in French in this lesson with sound files.
Parts of the Body - French Vocabulary
French for beginners: the body: sans serif font french vocabulary document url french test body background
Dates in French - La Date
Knowing how to talk about the date is essential for making reservations and appointments. Dates are a little bit different in French and English, but they're not difficult once you learn the rules and formulas.
French Family Vocabulary - La Famille - Learn...
French for beginners: family members: french vocabulary vocabulary test vocabulary word listening comprehension lesson test
Position of French Adjectives
In English, adjectives virtually always precede the nouns they modify: a blue car, a big house. In French, adjectives may be placed before or after the noun, depending on their type and meaning. Page 4.
Learn How to Speak French
There is no magic formula for learning how to speak French - it requires time, energy, and patience. There are, however, some techniques which will make your language study more efficient and thus help you to learn French more quickly.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
What is French? Facts and Figures about the...
How many French speakers are there? Where is French spoken? How many French-speaking countries are there? In which international organizations is French an official language? Read this introduction to some facts and figures about the French language.
Faire Cadeau, Ne Pas Faire De Cadeau - French...
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French Definite Articles
French Language. Page 2.
French Pronouns
Pronouns are words that substitute for nouns. There are many different kinds of pronouns, but they can be divided into two main categories: personal and impersonal. This summary will give you an idea of the different kinds of French pronouns; click the links for detailed lessons and examples.
Tout - Tous - Toute - Toutes
Tout is one of the most common words in the French language, with four possible forms: tout, toute, tous, and toutes. It's also one of the most flexible French words, as it can be an adjective, adverb, noun, or pronoun.
French Adjectives ~ Adjectifs
An adjective is a word that modifies a noun by describing it in some way: shape, color, size, nationality, etc. French adjectives are very different from English adjectives in two ways.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.

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