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French 101: Conjugating être - 'to be'
Learn how to conjugate être, an irregular -re French verb.
Basic French: Conjugating avoir - 'to have'
Learn how to conjugate avoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Aller - to go
Learn how to conjugate aller, an irregular -er French verb.
Faire - to do, make
Learn how to conjugate faire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Proficiency Test
Test your French with this beginning-level French proficiency test.
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.
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.
Venir - to come
Learn how to conjugate venir, an irregular French verb.
French Verb Conjugator
Use this tool to find out the simple conjugations for any 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.
Devoir - must, to have to; to owe
Learn how to conjugate devoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French First Names for Girls
Looking for a name to use in French class, or inspiration for naming your baby? This list includes more than 100 common French names for girls, along with their pronunciation, English equivalents, and literal meaning. Page 3.
Passé composé vs Imparfait
A quiz on the sometimes tricky distinction between le passé composé and l'imparfait
Voir - to see
Learn how to conjugate voir, 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.
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.
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 Direct Object Pronouns - Pronoms objets...
Quiz on French direct objects: direct object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
Savoir - to know
Learn how to conjugate savoir, 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.
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.
French Conditional Mood
The conditional is, in my opinion, one of the simplest French conjugations. There is only one set of endings for all verbs, and most of them - even many which are irregular in the present tense - use their infinitives as the root.
French Subjunctive - Regular Conjugations
Unlike using the French subjunctive, conjugating it is relatively straightforward.
French Indirect Object Pronouns - Pronoms...
Quiz on French indirect objects: indirect object pronouns sans serif font document url french test body background
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 Regular -ER Verbs
Regular -er verbs, that is, verbs that end in -er, are the largest category of French verbs. Thousands of regular French -er verbs are conjugated according to the same pattern, so once you've learned the rules of conjugation for regular -er verbs, you'll be able to conjugate all of them.
Mettre - to put
Learn how to conjugate mettre, an irregular -re French verb.
French Future Tense
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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 -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.
Boire - to drink
Learn how to conjugate boire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Colors - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French colors: sans serif font french test document url body background background color
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.
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 Articles - Articles français
Test yourself on French definite, indefinite, and partitive articles
Sortir - to go out
Learn how to conjugate sortir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Connaître - to know, be familiar with
Learn how to conjugate connaître, an irregular -re French verb.
Finir - to finish
Learn how to conjugate finir, a regular -ir French verb.
Écrire - to write
Learn how to conjugate écrire, an irregular -re French verb.
Dormir - to sleep
Learn how to conjugate dormir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Subjunctive - Irregular Conjugations
While not as difficult as using the French subjunctive, conjugating the subjunctive of irregular and stem-changing verbs can be a little tricky.
French Mistake of the Week
Test on common French mistakes featured as the mistake of the week.
Position of French Adjectives - Position des...
Quiz on placement of French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url body background background color
French Indefinite Relative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Test on the French indefinite relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi.
French Food Vocabulary - French Test
French for beginners: test on French food: sans serif font food vocabulary french test document url french food
Acheter - to buy
Learn how to conjugate acheter, a stem-changing French verb.
C'est vs Il est
Test yourself on the difference between c'est and il est
Manger - to eat
Learn how to conjugate manger, a spelling change French verb.
121 Most Common French Phrases
Learn the most useful and common French phrases.
French Imperative Mood
Learn how to give commands with the French imperative.
French Past Perfect - Pluperfect
The French past perfect, or pluperfect, is used to indicate an action in the past that occurred before another action in the past
French Direct Objects and Direct Object Pronouns
Direct objects are the people or things in a sentence which receive the action of the verb. To find the direct object in a sentence, ask the question Who? or What?
Choisir - to choose
Learn how to conjugate choisir, a regular -ir French verb.
Mon Voyage En Normandie En Français...
Practice your French in the context of an easy to understand story, and discover the historic WW2 town of Courseulles-sur-mer, the D-Day beaches in the Normandy region of France.
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.
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.
Recevoir - to receive
Learn how to conjugate recevoir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Possessive Adjectives - Adjectifs...
Test on French possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, etc.
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 - French for Beginners
French for beginners: learn how to say the colors in French
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 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.
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 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.
Jouer - to play
Learn how to conjugate jouer, a regular -er French verb.
Devenir - to become
Learn how to conjugate devenir, an irregular French verb.
French Personal Correspondence - French Letters...
Learn the correct formulas for writing letters in French to friends and family.
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.
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 Prepositions - Les Prépositions
Learn everything there is to know about French prepositions
French Gender Quiz
See how well you've mastered the gender of basic French nouns.
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.
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.
Aimer - to like, love
Learn how to conjugate aimer, a regular -er French verb.
Apprendre - to learn
Learn how to conjugate apprendre, an irregular -re 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.
Croire - to believe
Learn how to conjugate croire, 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.
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.
Vendre - to sell
Learn how to conjugate vendre, a regular -re French verb.
Vivre - to live
Learn how to conjugate vivre, an irregular -re French verb.
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.
Attendre - to wait (for)
Learn how to conjugate attendre, a regular -re French verb.
Être Verbs - French Verb Conjugation Test
Quiz on using avoir or être when conjugating the French compound tenses.
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 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.
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 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.
Y - French Pronoun
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French Greetings - Learn how to greet people in...
Beginning French: test yourself on French greetings.
French Accents
What are the French accents and how do you use them?
French Demonstrative Pronouns - Pronoms...
Learn all about French demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, and celles.
French Past Participle - Le Participe passé
Quiz on the French past participle.: sans serif font french verbs document url participle body background
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.
Ouvrir - to open
Learn how to conjugate ouvrir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Calendar Vocabulary - French for Beginners
French for beginners: test on French calendar: sans serif font french calendar document url french test body background
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.
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
Parler - to talk, speak
Learn how to conjugate parler, a regular -er French verb.
French Adjectives - Les Adjectifs
French for beginners: test on French adjectives: sans serif font french adjectives document url french test body background
Savoir vs Connaître
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Être verbs - French Auxiliary Verbs
Learn which French verbs use être to form the passé composé and the other compound tenses.
Conduire - to drive, lead, conduct
Learn how to conjugate conduire, an irregular -re French verb.
French Family Vocabulary - Beginning French Test
French for beginners: test on French family vocabulary.
Ça va
What does the French expression ça va mean?
Courir - to run
Learn how to conjugate courir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Mourir - to die
Learn how to conjugate mourir, an irregular -ir French verb.
Préférer - to prefer
Learn how to conjugate préférer, a stem-changing French verb.
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.
Étudier - to study
Learn how to conjugate étudier, a regular -er French verb.
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.
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 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.
French Comparative and Superlative Adverbs
Comparatives and superlatives are adverbs that let you make comparisons between two or more things. Their names indicate the difference between them: comparatives compare two or more things, while superlatives express extremes.
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.
Falloir - to be necessary
Learn how to conjugate falloir, an impersonal and irregular -ir French verb.
French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.
Réussir - to succeed
Learn how to conjugate réussir, a regular -ir French verb.
Rendre - to give back, return
Learn how to conjugate rendre, a regular -re 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.
Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary
Learn the French words for the most common fruits. Page 2.
French future perfect
The French future perfect is most commonly used to describe an action that will have happened or will be finished by a specific point in the future.
French Object Pronouns
Object pronouns are those tricky little words in sentences that replace nouns affected by verbs. There are two types: direct objects and indirect objects, and they are some of the most common French words.
Pluperfect - Plus-que-parfait - French...
Quiz on the French pluperfect: sans serif font french verb conjugations pluperfect document url body background
Perdre - to lose
Learn how to conjugate perdre, a regular -re French verb.
Subjunctive or Indicative? The Subjunctivator!
An interactive tool to help you decide whether to use the French subjunctive or indicative.
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.
C'est vs Il est
Learn the different uses for the French expressions c'est and il est
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
Suivre - to follow
Learn how to conjugate suivre, an irregular -re French verb.
Telling Time in French
Test on telling time in French: telling time in french sans serif font document url french test body background
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.
Sentir - to feel, to smell
Learn how to conjugate sentir, an irregular -ir French verb.
French Prepositions with Geographical Names -...
Test on using French prepositions with countries, cities, and other geographical names.
Travailler - to work
Learn how to conjugate travailler, a regular -er French verb.
Parts of the Body - French Vocabulary
French for beginners: the body: sans serif font french vocabulary document url french test body background
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 Business Letters - Correspondance...
Tips and formulas to help you write all kinds of business letters in French.
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 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.
Regarder - to look at, watch
Learn how to conjugate regarder, a regular -er French verb.
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.

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