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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.
French 101: Conjugating être - 'to be'
Learn how to conjugate être, 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.
French Verb Conjugator
Use this tool to find out the simple conjugations for any French verb.
Basic French: Conjugating avoir - 'to have'
Learn how to conjugate avoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
Aller - to go
Learn how to conjugate aller, an irregular -er French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
Faire - to do, make
Learn how to conjugate faire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
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 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.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
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.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
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 Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
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.
Venir - to come
Learn how to conjugate venir, an irregular French verb.
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 Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
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.
Top French Verbs
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Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Prendre - to take
Learn how to conjugate prendre, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
French Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
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 Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
French Furniture Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French furniture: sans serif font french furniture document url french test body background
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
French Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Possessive adjectives are the words used in place of articles to indicate to whom or to what something belongs. French possessive adjectives are used similarly to English possessive adjectives, but there are some differences in form.
De rien
Don't thank me until you've read this lesson on the French expression de rien.
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, an irregular -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.
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.
Mot du Jour - Learn a French Word a Day
A new French word posted every weekday, with pronunciation, examples of usage, and related words.
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.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
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.
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.
Dire - to say, tell
Learn how to conjugate dire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
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.
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
Voilà
Looking for a lesson on the French expression voilà, including its many meanings and the correct spelling? Voilà!
French Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
French Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
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.
French Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
Quiz on Confusing French Pairs
Test yourself on confusing French pairs.: sans serif font confusing french pairs document url body background background color
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.
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.
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.
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 Restaurant Vocabulary
All the French vocabulary that you need for restaurants, from ordering to asking for the check. Bon appétit !
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
French Future Tense
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French Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
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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.
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
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 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.
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
Oh là là
What does the French expression oh là là mean and how is it used?
Y - French Pronoun
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Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
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 Airport Terms - French Quiz
Do you know how to navigate French airports? Test yourself on French vocabulary related to airports and flying.
Bon matin - French Mistake
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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.
Essential French - French for Beginners
Test on essential French vocabulary and phrases like do you speak English, yes, no, and I don't know.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
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.
French Kisses
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Living and Working in France
Many people dream of living and possibly working in France, but not many succeed in actually doing it. Just what is it that makes it so difficult to live and work in France?
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
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.
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.
Everyday French Phrases - Essential French
Not all vocabulary is created equal. There are some French phrases that you will hear literally every day, many times a day, and odds are that you should be using them that often too. Here are five truly essential everyday French phrases.
French Introductions - Les Présentations
When you meet French speakers, you need to know how to introduce yourself and what to say when you are introduced. Here are some useful expressions related to French introductions - click the links to listen to each expression in French.
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 Restaurant Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French restaurant vocabulary
Je te manque - French Mistake
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Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
Introductions - How to introduce yourself in...
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French Love Language - L'amour et l'amitié
If French is the language of love, what better language is there to express your love? Here are some key French words and phrases related to love, friendship, and special occasions, as well as some French terms of endearment, with sound files, and step-by-step intructions on how to say I love you in French.
Yes in French
Saying yes is pretty simple, but there are quite a few synonyms and precisions to be aware of. Check out this lesson to learn how to say yes, yeah, sure, and more.
Coup de foudre
What does the idiomatic French expression coup de foudre mean and how is it used?
"What" in French
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Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url body background background color
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, 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.
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.
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.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Food Vocabulary - La nourriture
Eating is fundamental and can also be highly enjoyable. Learn this French vocabulary related to food so that you can eat your favorite foods in France.
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.
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 Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Bon vs Bien - Mauvais vs Mal
Test yourself on the difference between the French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal.
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 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?
Tout à l'heure
What does the French expression tout à l'heure mean and how is it used?
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
French Verbs - To Meet - Faire la connaissance...
Test on the French verbs that mean to meet: faire la connaissance de - rencontrer - se réunir - retrouver - rejoindre.
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
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.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
C'est la vie
I really hope you'll click to learn about the French expression c'est la vie, but if you don't, I guess that's life.
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.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
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 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.
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.
Politeness - French Phrases
When traveling in France, being polite is absolutely essential - be sure you know how to say please and thank you at the very least.
Introduction to French Verbs
Learn the basics of French verbs with this introductory lesson.
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.
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.
En - French Pronoun
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French Subject Pronouns - Pronoms sujets
French has two different words for you, and it's essential to understand the difference between them. Page 3.
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
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 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 Accent Homographs
Think accents don't matter when writing or typing in French? Think again! There are dozens of French word pairs which are spelled (though not always pronounced) the same other than accents. Take this quiz to see how well you understand them.
French Business Letters - Correspondance...
Tips and formulas to help you write all kinds of business letters in French.
French Reading Comprehension - Intermediate and...
Improve your French reading comprehension with these reading activities.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 Indefinite 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 3.
French Parts of Speech
Learning French is hard, and it's even harder if you don't understand the basics of grammar in your own language. If your mind boggles when people start talking about nouns, adjectives, and other parts of speech, this lesson is for you.
What is French? Facts and Figures about the...
French is spoken officially in 33 countries - that is, there are 33 countries in which French is either the official language, or one of the official languages. Page 2.

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