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French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
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.
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.
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.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
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.
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 - 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.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
Pouvoir - can, to be able
Learn how to conjugate pouvoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
Vouloir - to want
Learn how to conjugate vouloir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
French Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
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.
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url body background background color
Venir - to come
Learn how to conjugate venir, an irregular French verb.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
Prendre - to take
Learn how to conjugate prendre, an irregular -re French verb.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
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.
Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
How Do You Translate The Notion of Floor in...
France counts her floors - les étages - as the UK does, not as the US: d'abord, il y a le rez-de-chaussée, et puis le premier étage, le deuxième étage
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 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 Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
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 Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, 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.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
Dire - to say, tell
Learn how to conjugate dire, an irregular -re French verb.
Meaning of the French Preposition "À...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >"À Côté de" means
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
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 Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
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 Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
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.
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 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 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.
Oh là là
What does the French expression oh là là mean and how is it used?
Je Vous Avez Dit, Je Vous Ai Dit - Common...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >I hear that mistake
French Future Tense
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The French future
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
What Does "A Priori" Mean in French?
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In English, this
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
French Furniture Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French furniture
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
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 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.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
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.
Bon matin - French Mistake
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Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Kisses
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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.
Voilà
Looking for a lesson on the French expression voilà, including its many meanings and the correct spelling? Voilà!
Amener - Emmener - Apporter - Emporter
Test yourself on the French verbs amener, emmener, apporter, and emporter
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
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
Quiz on Confusing French Pairs
Test yourself on confusing French pairs.: sans serif font confusing french pairs document url body background background color
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 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?
De rien
Don't thank me until you've read this lesson on the French expression de rien.
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
30 Bilingual French Quotes
Here is my top 30 list of bilingual French Quotes - Citations en Français et Anglais. Short, famous and easy to memorize French quotes.
Essential French - French for Beginners
Test on essential French vocabulary and phrases like do you speak English, yes, no, and I don't know.
Y - French Pronoun
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The French adverbial
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.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
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.
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir 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 Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
French Family Vocabulary - La Famille - Learn...
French for beginners: family members: french vocabulary vocabulary test vocabulary word listening comprehension lesson test
Vive la France !
Learn about the meanings and uses of the French expression vive la France.
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.
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 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.
Tout à l'heure
What does the French expression tout à l'heure mean and how is it used?
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.
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Restaurant Vocabulary
All the French vocabulary that you need for restaurants, from ordering to asking for the check. Bon appétit !
French Business Letters - Correspondance...
Tips and formulas to help you write all kinds of business letters in French.
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 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.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir 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.
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
Bon vs Bien - Mauvais vs Mal
Test yourself on the difference between the French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal.
Top French Verbs
Test on conjugations for the top 10 French verbs.: sans serif font french verb conjugations french verbs document url body background
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 Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
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.
Mot du Jour - Learn a French Word a Day
A new French word posted every weekday, with pronunciation, examples of usage, and related words.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
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.
Savoir vs Connaître
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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 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 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 Texting - Les Textos français
French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in chatrooms, forums, email, and text messaging / sms.
French Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
French Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
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 Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Demonstrative pronouns (this one, that one, the one[s], these, those) refer to a previously-mentioned noun in a sentence. They must agree with the gender and number of the noun(s) they replace
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.
La Marseillaise - English Translation
Read the words to the French national anthem La Marseillaise translated into English
French Home Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French home: sans serif font document url french test body background background color
Je Te Manque or Tu Me Manques - How to Say I...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" > The verb "manquer"
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.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
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 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.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Expressions Using Prendre - to Take
The verb Prendre is part of many expressions and idioms that can confuse students of French, and lead to a very embarrassing mistake...
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
coucou
What does the French word coucou mean? How is it pronounced and used?
French Partitive Articles
French Language. Page 4.
"What" in French
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >French learners
French Reading Comprehension - Intermediate and...
Improve your French reading comprehension with these reading activities.
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 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.
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.
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.
Coup de foudre
What does the idiomatic French expression coup de foudre mean and how is it used?
En vs Dans - French Prepositions
Test on the difference between the French prepositions en and dans

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