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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.
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.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
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 Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
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.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
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 Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
Christmas in France
Christmas in France is a time for family and for generosity, marked by family reunions, gifts and candy for children, gifts for the poor, Midnight Mass, and le Réveillon.
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, 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
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 Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
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 Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
French Future Tense
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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 Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
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.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
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.
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors 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.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
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.
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle 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 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 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 - 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.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
Choisir - to choose
Learn how to conjugate choisir, a regular -ir 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.
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er 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.
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.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er French verb.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
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.
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.
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
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 Greetings - Les Salutations
Exchanging pleasantries about one's health is typical when greeting someone. There are several ways to ask how someone is, and which one to use depends on whether you want to be formal or informal. Page 2.
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -re French verb.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
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 Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
Comprendre - to understand
Learn how to conjugate comprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
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.
Savoir vs Connaître - French Verbs To Know
Test on the difference between the French verbs savoir and connaître.
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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Attendre - to wait (for)
Learn how to conjugate attendre, a regular -re French verb.
Croire - to believe
Learn how to conjugate croire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
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 Family Vocabulary - La Famille - Learn...
French for beginners: family members: french vocabulary vocabulary test vocabulary word listening comprehension lesson test
Telling Time in French
Test on telling time in French: telling time in french sans serif font document url french test body background
Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
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.
How To Best Use My "Learn French In Context"...
Improve your French when reading my level appropriate French stories.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
French Indefinite Relative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Test on the French indefinite relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
Du, De La, Des… Expressing Unspecified...
Du, de la, des, de... which one should you choose? Let me tell you about expressing quantities in French.
Pluperfect - Plus-que-parfait - French...
Quiz on the French pluperfect: sans serif font french verb conjugations pluperfect document url body background
Selecting The Right Tools To Learn French
There is a ton of material out there to learn French. Let me guide you to select the method that best suits your own needs and goals.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er French verb.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and irregular -ir French verb.
French Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Conduire - to drive, lead, conduct
Learn how to conjugate conduire, an irregular -re 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.
Parts of the Body - French Vocabulary
French for beginners: the body: sans serif font french vocabulary document url french test body background
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re French 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.
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
Réussir - to succeed
Learn how to conjugate réussir, a regular -ir 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.
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.
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.
Ouvrir - to open
Learn how to conjugate ouvrir, an irregular -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.
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re French verb.
Vendre - to sell
Learn how to conjugate vendre, a regular -re French verb.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
French Directions - French for Beginners
Test on giving and understanding French directions.
French Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
French Family Vocabulary - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French family vocabulary.
Préférer - to prefer
Learn how to conjugate préférer, a stem-changing French verb.
Travailler - to work
Learn how to conjugate travailler, a regular -er 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.
French Verbs with Prepositions
Learn which French prepositions go with which verbs, and which verbs take no preposition.
Near Future - Futur proche - French Grammar +...
Definition of near future / futur proche.
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
Rentrer - to return (home)
Learn how to conjugate rentrer, a regular -er French verb.
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 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 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.
Regarder - to look at, watch
Learn how to conjugate regarder, a regular -er French verb.
Savoir vs Connaître
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Perdre - to lose
Learn how to conjugate perdre, a regular -re French verb.
French Partitive 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 4.
French Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
Appeler - to call
Learn how to conjugate appeler, a stem-changing French verb.
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