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French 101: Conjugating être - 'to be'
Learn how to conjugate être, an irregular -re French verb.
Basic French: Conjugating avoir - 'to have'
Learn how to conjugate avoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Aller - to go
Learn how to conjugate aller, an irregular -er French verb.
Faire - to do, make
Learn how to conjugate faire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
French Verb Conjugator
Use this tool to find out the simple conjugations for any French verb.
French Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
Vouloir - to want
Learn how to conjugate vouloir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Pouvoir - can, to be able
Learn how to conjugate pouvoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
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.
How to Type French Accents
You can type accented characters with ALT codes, which use the ALT key and a 3 or 4 digit code. Page 7.
Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
French Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
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.
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.
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.
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
Dire - to say, tell
Learn how to conjugate dire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
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.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
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.
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.
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
Venez dîner chez moi - discover a typical...
What to expect when invited for dinner at a French home
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
French Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
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.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url body background background color
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect 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.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Future Tense
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C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
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 - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
French Numbers - Listen and Repeat
Learning to count in French is one thing - it's fairly easy to memorize un, deux, trois. It's another matter entirely to be able to think of a number without counting up to it, or to understand individual numbers when you hear them. Fortunately, practice makes perfect, and these sound files can help you to get better at understanding and using French numbers.
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er French verb.
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
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?
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.
Telling Time in French
Test on telling time in French: telling time in french sans serif font document url french test body background
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Choisir - to choose
Learn how to conjugate choisir, a regular -ir French verb.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
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.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
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.
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
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
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.
French Subjunctive - Irregular Conjugations
While not as difficult as using the French subjunctive, conjugating the subjunctive of irregular and stem-changing verbs can be a little tricky.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
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.
Être Verbs - Mnemonic Devices
If you can't remember which French verbs need être in the compound tenses, you might want to try a mnemonic device, such as Dr and Mrs Vandertramp. Page 2.
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
Croire - to believe
Learn how to conjugate croire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
French Clothing Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French clothing: sans serif font clothing vocabulary french clothing document url french test
French Past Participle
The participe passé is the French equivalent of the -ed form of English verbs. It is used in compound tenses, in the passive voice, and as an adjective.
French Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
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.
Attendre - to wait (for)
Learn how to conjugate attendre, a regular -re French verb.
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
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.
Y - French Pronoun
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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.
Comprendre - to understand
Learn how to conjugate comprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er 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.
Porter, Etre En, Se Mettre En... "To Wear" In...
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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.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and 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
Conduire - to drive, lead, conduct
Learn how to conjugate conduire, an irregular -re French verb.
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re French verb.
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.
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.
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re French verb.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
Travailler - to work
Learn how to conjugate travailler, a regular -er French verb.
Ouvrir - to open
Learn how to conjugate ouvrir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Temporal Prepositions - Prépo...
Test on the French temporal prepositions Ã, en, dans, depuis, pendant, and pour.
Réussir - to succeed
Learn how to conjugate réussir, a regular -ir French verb.
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 Si Clauses - If-Then Clauses
If-then clauses, also known as si clauses, conditionals, or conditional sentences, are sentences with one clause stating a condition or possibility, and a second clause naming a result which is dependent upon that condition.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
Bon vs Bien - Mauvais vs Mal
Test yourself on the difference between the French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal.
Arriver - to arrive
Learn how to conjugate arriver, a regular -er French verb.
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.
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 Definite Articles
French Language. Page 2.
Regarder - to look at, watch
Learn how to conjugate regarder, a regular -er French verb.
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
Préférer - to prefer
Learn how to conjugate préférer, a stem-changing French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
En vs Dans - French Prepositions
Test on the difference between the French prepositions en and dans
Savoir vs Connaître
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Vendre - to sell
Learn how to conjugate vendre, a regular -re French verb.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
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.
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 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 Kisses Dialogue - French/English Easy...
Check your understanding of this easy French story about French kisses with this English and French side by side translation.
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.
Near Future - Futur proche - French Grammar +...
Definition of near future / futur proche.
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.
French Comparative and Superlative Adverbs
Comparatives and superlatives are adverbs that let you make comparisons between two or more things. Their names indicate the difference between them: comparatives compare two or more things, while superlatives express extremes.
French Family Vocabulary - La Famille - Learn...
French for beginners: family members: french vocabulary vocabulary test vocabulary word listening comprehension lesson test
Parts of the Body - French Vocabulary
French for beginners: the body: sans serif font french vocabulary document url french test body background
Perdre - to lose
Learn how to conjugate perdre, a regular -re French verb.
Entendre - to hear
Learn how to conjugate entendre, a regular -re French verb.

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