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French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
French 101: Conjugating être - 'to be'
Learn how to conjugate être, an irregular -re French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
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.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
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.
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.
French Furniture Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French furniture: sans serif font french furniture document url french test body background
Passé composé - French Compound Past...
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 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.
French Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
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.
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.
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.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
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.
Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
To Return in French
Test yourself on the different French verbs that mean to return: retourner, rentrer, rendre, revenir, renvoyer, and rembourser.
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
French Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
Changer les idées
Need to take your mind off things? Click to learn about the idiomatic French expression changer les idées.
French Future Tense
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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.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
Mon petit doigt m'a dit
A little birdie told me you should read this lesson on the French expression mon petit doigt m'a dit.
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
French Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
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.
Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re 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
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 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 Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
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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.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
Top French Verbs
Test on conjugations for the top 10 French verbs.: sans serif font french verb conjugations french verbs document url body background
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Past Tenses - Passé composé vs...
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.
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
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.
Important French Dates - French Culture Quiz
French culture quiz: important dates.: sans serif font culture quiz document url french culture body background
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.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change 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.
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
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 Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
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 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.
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.
Quiz on Confusing French Pairs
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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.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
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 Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
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 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 Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
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.
Choisir - to choose
Learn how to conjugate choisir, a regular -ir French verb.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
French Indefinite Relative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Test on the French indefinite relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
Y - French Pronoun
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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.
En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil
In early spring, you should heed the French proverb En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil.
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er French verb.
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
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.
Happy Birthday in French
Learn how to say - and sing! - happy birthday in French, plus more French vocabulary related to birthdays and other special occasions.
Asking 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.
Croire - to believe
Learn how to conjugate croire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
Comprendre - to understand
Learn how to conjugate comprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
Attendre - to wait (for)
Learn how to conjugate attendre, a regular -re French verb.
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
Amener - Emmener - Apporter - Emporter
Test yourself on the French verbs amener, emmener, apporter, and emporter
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
débrouiller
What does the French word débrouiller mean? How is it pronounced and used?
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
All about Sembler
Sembler is a very common and useful French verb. It is a regular -ER verb, can be personal or impersonal, and may be followed by the subjunctive.
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
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French Definite Articles
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. Page 2.
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.
Learn French
Learning French is an ongoing and involved process. You can't learn how to speak French overnight, and you probably can't learn it entirely on your own. What you can do is use tools like this site to supplement your French learning.
French Holiday Wishes
Here are all the French phrases you need to spread cheer and good wishes during any holiday. Page 2.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and irregular -ir French verb.
Essential French - L'Essentiel
Even if you're just going to France for a week, you should know some survival French - a few essential words and phrases that you'll use over and over. Learn essential French vocabulary and phrases like do you speak English, yes, no, and I don't know.
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.
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.
Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Qui vs Que
As interrogative pronouns, qui and que mean who and what, respectively, and can be used on their own or in larger constructions.
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.
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.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re French verb.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re French verb.
De rien
Don't thank me until you've read this lesson on the French expression de rien.
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.
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.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
French Interrogative Pronouns - Qui - Que
Test on the French interrogative pronouns qui and que.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er French verb.
Voilà
Looking for a lesson on the French expression voilà, including its many meanings and the correct spelling? Voilà!
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.

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