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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.
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
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.
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.
Subjunctive or Indicative? French Quiz
Do you know when to use the French subjunctive? Find out with this online quiz.
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.
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.
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 Relative Pronouns - Pronoms relatifs -...
Test on the French relative pronouns qui, que, dont, and où.
Prendre - to take
Learn how to conjugate prendre, an irregular -re 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
Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 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 Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, an irregular -ir 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 Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
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.
The Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
Y and En - French Adverbial Pronouns
Lesson and quiz on the French adverbial pronouns y and en
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.
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 -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 Colors - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
Partir - to leave
Learn how to conjugate partir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test 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.
Lire - to read
Learn how to conjugate lire, 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.
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.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
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.
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
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.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, 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.
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives 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
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Directions - French for Beginners
Test on giving and understanding French directions.
French Greetings - Les Salutations
Learn how to say hello, hi, how are you, and other ways to greet people in French.
French Future Tense
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French Numbers - Listen and Repeat
Learning to count in French is one thing - it's fairly easy to memorize un, deux, trois. It's another matter entirely to be able to think of a number without counting up to it, or to understand individual numbers when you hear them. Fortunately, practice makes perfect, and these sound files can help you to get better at understanding and using French numbers.
De vs Du, De la, Des
The preposition de tends to be very difficult for French students. This lesson explains when to use de by itself vs when to use du, de la, or des.
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
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 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 Numbers Quiz
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
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.
Telling Time in French
Test on telling time in French: telling time in french sans serif font document url french test body background
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er 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
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
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 Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
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 Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
French Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
Follow Camille's family to the beach &...
Come to the beach with Camille's family and learn French beach vocabulary in context in an easy to understand and fun bilingual story. Page 2.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Choisir - to choose
Learn how to conjugate choisir, a regular -ir French verb.
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -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.
Plouf (Splash)! Master the sea, beach and water...
Whether you go to a French country for a vacation or just want to improve your French vocabulary, this list will certainly prove useful to you.
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
Follow Camille's tips on how to best use her...
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French Past Participle
The participe passé is the French equivalent of the -ed form of English verbs. It is used in compound tenses, in the passive voice, and as an adjective.
French Alphabet - Alphabet français
French for beginners: learn the French alphabet
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 Numbers - Nombres
Learn to count in French with French cardinal numbers.
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 Family Vocabulary - La Famille - Learn...
French for beginners: family members: french vocabulary vocabulary test vocabulary word listening comprehension lesson test
How to Say ___ in French
If you're wondering how to say something in French, you've come to the right place.
Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
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 Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
Y - French Pronoun
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Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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 Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
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.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er French verb.
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.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
Mot du Jour - Learn a French Word a Day
A new French word posted every weekday, with pronunciation, examples of usage, and related words.
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
Come swim with me and practice your French!
Come and swim with Camille in the emerald green waters of Brittany, France. Practice your swimming French vocabulary in this easy story.
Comprendre - to understand
Learn how to conjugate comprendre, an irregular -re French verb.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and irregular -ir French verb.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Daily French - Le français du jour
One surefire way to improve your French is to work on it as often as possible. The Learn French at About site includes several daily and weekly French features as well as tips on incorporating French into your daily life.
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.
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.
Conduire - to drive, lead, conduct
Learn how to conjugate conduire, 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 Interrogative Pronouns - Qui - Que
Test on the French interrogative pronouns qui and que.
Professions in French ~ French Vocabulary
Learn how to talk about your profession in French.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
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.
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.
Travailler - to work
Learn how to conjugate travailler, a regular -er French verb.
Préférer - to prefer
Learn how to conjugate préférer, a stem-changing French verb.
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re 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 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.
Ouvrir - to open
Learn how to conjugate ouvrir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Appeler - to call
Learn how to conjugate appeler, a stem-changing French verb.
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.
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re French verb.
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
French Clothing Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French clothing: sans serif font clothing vocabulary french clothing document url french test
Near Future - Futur proche - French Grammar +...
Definition of near future / futur proche.
French Home Vocabulary
French for beginners: test on French home: sans serif font document url french test body background background color
French Indefinite Relative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Test on the French indefinite relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi.
Agreement of Irregular French Adjectives
Most French adjectives are regular, but there are a number of irregular adjectives, based on the final letter(s) of the masculine singular adjective. Page 3.
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.
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.
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