Wednesday, January 12, 2011

French Verbs Made Easy With Examples Included

The French language is a pretty difficult one compared to English but it can all be made simple if you know the fundamentals. Here, I will show you the basics of French verbs and make them easy for you. There will be examples as well to help you along the way.

You will first need to know how to conjugate a verb before you start using them.

How to conjugate a verb in the present tense:

Mange - to eat

Je mange                    Ending with e
Tu manges                  Ending with es
Il/Elle mange               Ending with e
Nous mangons            Take out the e and replace with ons
Vous mangez              Ending with ez
Ils/Elles mangent         Ending with ent

Next, you will want to learn how to use verbs in a sentence.

          aller means to go. You use it in a sentence when you want to say something along the lines of " Je aller au lac" which means I go to the lake.

          ecouter means to listen to. When you say that you are listening to music you say " Je ecouter de la musique"

          faire- to do something. Faire is used when you are going to do something that you wouldn't "play" such as skiing. Faire would mean "to go" do something. In English, it would be improper to say " I want to play skiing" but instead " I want to go skiing"

         Jouer is used when you are going to play something such as basketball. It would be OK, in English, to say, " I want to play basketball

There are some exceptions and others that you wouldn't use a lot. Here are the common ones:

  • Nager- to swim. You wouldn't need anything in front of Nager and just say "Je nager ( I swim)"
  • Pecher a la ligne- To go line fishing
  • Sauter a la corde- To jump rope

To say you don't do something you put ne.....pas
       Ex. Je ne joue pas au tennis
                I don't play tennis

Some Verbs To Remember:

  • Chanter - To Sing
  • Diner - To Have Dinner
  • Parler- To Talk/Speak
  • Travailler- To work
  • Voyager- To Travel
  • Aimer- To like
  • Habite- Live somewhere
  • Inviter- To invite
  • Regarde- To Watch or To Look At
  • Ecoute- To listen

Now you can expand your French to include how much you do something.
         ex. Je beaucoup ami voyage
It should be "Je ami beaucoup voyage" ( I like to travel a lot)

Here are some useful describing words:
  • Bien- Well. 
  • Tres Bien- Very Well
  • Mal- Badly
  • Beaucoup- A lot
  • Un Peu- A Little
  • Souvent- Often
  • Toujours- Always
  • Aussi- Also
  • Maintenant- Now
  • Rarement- Seldom, Rarly
Now go out there and use your French! I also have more French blog posts that would be helpful as well. 
Thanks, The Informer.


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    For example "J'aime beaucoup voyager"
    is the correct sentence and if you could not get that simple sentence correct you shouldn't be teaching anyone French!!

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