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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.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
French Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
French Verb Conjugator
Use this tool to find out the simple conjugations for any French verb.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
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.
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.
French Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
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 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.
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, 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.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
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.
Dire - to say, tell
Learn how to conjugate dire, 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 Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
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 -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.
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.
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, 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.
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
French Future Tense
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The French future
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change 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.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
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.
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.
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
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 Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
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 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 Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er French verb.
All On Board! Vocabulary About Taking The Train...
Learn the French train system (la SNCF) vocabulary and feel prepare during your next trip to France.
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 Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
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 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 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
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
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 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.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
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 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 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.
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.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Bon vs Bien - Mauvais vs Mal
Test yourself on the difference between the French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal.
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 Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
French Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -re French verb.
Y - French Pronoun
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The French adverbial
Croire - to believe
Learn how to conjugate croire, 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 Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
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.
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 Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
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.
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
Comprendre - to understand
Learn how to conjugate comprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
Top French Verbs
Test on conjugations for the top 10 French verbs.: sans serif font french verb conjugations french verbs document url body background
Attendre - to wait (for)
Learn how to conjugate attendre, a regular -re French verb.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er French verb.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
French Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
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.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and irregular -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.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Indefinite Relative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Test on the French indefinite relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi.
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.
Pluperfect - Plus-que-parfait - French...
Quiz on the French pluperfect: sans serif font french verb conjugations pluperfect document url body background
Préférer - to prefer
Learn how to conjugate préférer, a stem-changing 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.
Vendre - to sell
Learn how to conjugate vendre, a regular -re French verb.
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Conduire - to drive, lead, conduct
Learn how to conjugate conduire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
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 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 Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
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.
French Present Participle - Le participe...
The French present participle is the verb form that ends in -ant and is far less common than its English counterpart. The French present participle may be an adjective, gerund, noun, or verb.
Near Future - Futur proche - French Grammar +...
Definition of near future / futur proche.
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
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re French verb.
French Clothing Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French clothing: sans serif font clothing vocabulary french clothing document url french test
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
Ouvrir - to open
Learn how to conjugate ouvrir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 Partitive Articles
French Language. 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.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Réussir - to succeed
Learn how to conjugate réussir, a regular -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.
French Definite Articles
French Language. Page 2.
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
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.
French Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
Travailler - to work
Learn how to conjugate travailler, 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 Conditional Perfect - Past...
The French conditional perfect, or past conditional, is usually used just like the English conditional perfect: to express action that would have occurred if in the past circumstances had been different.
My Trip To Rouen - English / French Side By Side
Check your understanding of this easy French story about my trip to Rouen, Normandy, France, 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.
French Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
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.
Perdre - to lose
Learn how to conjugate perdre, a regular -re French verb.
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