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Ch 5: Basic French Verbs

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The Basic French Verbs chapter of this Basic French: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master fundamental French verbs. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of French verbs.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the material studied in a basic verbs unit of a standard French course. Topics covered include:

  • The translation and conjugation of acheter and vouloir
  • Conjugating aller, voir and savoir
  • The meaning and conjugation of avoir, etre, faire and aimer
  • The passé compose, conjugation and definition of jouer

76 Lessons in Chapter 5: Basic French Verbs
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Acheter in French: Translation & Conjugation

1. Acheter in French: Translation & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the French verb acheter, which means 'to buy,' in a real life. We will explore its slightly irregular -er conjugation and find out how to correctly negate this verb.

Aller Conjugation

2. Aller Conjugation

This lesson explains one of the most versatile verbs in the French language, aller. After this lesson, you'll be able to not only say you're going somewhere now, but also speak about where you're going in the future!

Avoir in French: Conjugation & Meaning

3. Avoir in French: Conjugation & Meaning

One of the most important verbs in the French language is 'avoir,' to have. In this lesson, we not only go over its conjugation and its meaning, but also learn just how important it is to other tenses.

Etre in French: Conjugation & Meaning

4. Etre in French: Conjugation & Meaning

Who are you? Have you ever thought about how to describe yourself to a French person? The task can sound kind of intimidating, but with the help of the following lesson you can master the French verb ''être''.

Faire in French: Conjugation & Meaning

5. Faire in French: Conjugation & Meaning

Want to learn about a verb in French that will give you the most bang for your buck? This lesson on the French verb faire - which means to make or to do - will help you to increase your vocabulary quickly.

Jouer: Conjugation & Definition

6. Jouer: Conjugation & Definition

Did you play any sports this past weekend? Maybe you played checkers or dominos. In this lesson you will learn how to use the verb 'jouer,' to play, in the past tense (passé composé). You will also learn the different prepositions that follow 'jouer.'

French Verb Voir Conjugation

7. French Verb Voir Conjugation

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate the irregular verb 'voir,' which means 'to see.' Yes, 'voir' is one of those dreaded French irregular verbs! But have no fear, we will guide you step by step and give you a few tips 'pour y voir plus clair!'

Savoir Conjugation

8. Savoir Conjugation

'Savoir' meaning 'to know' is a common French verb. In this lesson, you'll learn to conjugate this verb. Discover how to use this verb to express ideas. Learn some common expressions with 'savoir.'

Aimer in French: Conjugation & Meaning

9. Aimer in French: Conjugation & Meaning

'Je t'aime' is an expression many of us know from French movies or songs, meaning 'I love you,' but the verb 'aimer' in French can mean 'to like' or 'to love,' depending on the context. If you want to know how to use it when talking about music, people, food and more, read on to find out!

Vouloir Conjugation & Translation

10. Vouloir Conjugation & Translation

Do you want to learn French? Do you want a croissant or a café au lait? This lesson introduces the French verb ''vouloir'' which means 'to want.' You will learn the different forms of ''vouloir'' so you can talk about what you want and what others want.

Aider: Definition & Conjugation

11. Aider: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb aider (to help). We will look at how aider and other regular -er verbs are conjugated with varying subject nouns and pronouns, and how the conjugations are pronounced. A short quiz follows this lesson.

Apprecier: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

12. Apprecier: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

The French verb 'APPRECIER' means 'to appreciate' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb in various situations. We will also view the conjugation and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Apprendre: Definition & Conjugation

13. Apprendre: Definition & Conjugation

Apprendre, meaning to learn or understand, is a useful French verb. It can be used to talk about learning a skill, a language, or a piece of information. As its English relative 'apprehend' shows, it can also be used for more subtle forms of understanding.

Arreter Conjugation

14. Arreter Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the French verb arrêter, which means 'to stop.' We will explore its conjugation and find out how to correctly negate this verb.

Boire: Definition & Conjugation

15. Boire: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb 'boire,' highlighting its definition and how it's conjugated using different subject nouns and pronouns. A short quiz follows this lesson to test your knowledge.

Chanter in French: Definition & Conjugation

16. Chanter in French: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb ''chanter,'' including its definition and pronunciation. The verb's conjugation is shown in the present tense, future tense, and passé composé. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Chercher: Definition & Conjugation

17. Chercher: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn the verb 'chercher,' which means 'to look for' or 'to search' in English. We will look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Choisir: Definition & Conjugation

18. Choisir: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson will introduce you to the French verb choisir, including how it's conjugated with different subject nouns and pronouns and how it's pronounced in the present tense. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Comprendre: Meaning & Conjugation

19. Comprendre: Meaning & Conjugation

The verb 'comprendre,' means 'to understand' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Confondre: Definition & Conjugation

20. Confondre: Definition & Conjugation

The French verb 'confondre,' means 'to confuse' or 'to mix up' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Conduire: Definition & Conjugation

21. Conduire: Definition & Conjugation

'Le permis de conduire' (driver's license) has become a rite of passage for most Americans. In France, you must be 18 years old to drive or 'conduire.' In this lesson, we will look at the conjugations of this verb and use it to learn about driving in France.

Grandir: Definition & Conjugation

22. Grandir: Definition & Conjugation

The verb 'grandir' means 'to grow' or 'to grow up' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb in everyday conversation. We will also view the conjugation and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Tomber: Definition & Conjugation

23. Tomber: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson covers the Group I verb 'tomber,' to fall, the auxiliary verb it takes, and common idioms in which it appears. We'll talk about falling for acquaintances, getting sick, and falling in love, as well as the more literal applications of the verb.

Courir in French: Definition & Conjugation

24. Courir in French: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate the French verb ''courir'' in the present tense, as well as how to apply it literally and metaphorically in sentences.

Creer in French: Definition & Conjugation

25. Creer in French: Definition & Conjugation

The verb 'créer' means 'to create' in English. In this lesson, we will learn how to use this verb in everyday conversation. We will view the conjugation and look at several sentences with the verb.

Crier in French: Definition & Conjugation

26. Crier in French: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we'll go over the basic conjugation of the French verb 'crier,' which means 'to shout' in French. We will also see how and when this verb is used.

Danser: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

27. Danser: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

The verb 'danser,' means 'to dance' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Decrire: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

28. Decrire: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

In this lesson we will show you how to use the verb 'DECRIRE,' which means 'to describe' in English. We'll look at a situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences using the verb.

Demander: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

29. Demander: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

The verb 'demander' means 'to ask' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at situations where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and see a few sentences using the verb.

Dire in French: Definition & Conjugation

30. Dire in French: Definition & Conjugation

The French verb 'dire' means 'to say' or 'to tell' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Donner: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

31. Donner: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

'Donner' is the verb in French that means 'to give' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb using different sentences and conversation. We'll also take a look at the conjugation and go over a few other things you'll need to remember.

Dormir in French: Meaning & Conjugation

32. Dormir in French: Meaning & Conjugation

If you know that students sleep in a dormitory, then you can probably guess the meaning of the French verb 'dormir'. It's what you do when you are 'fatigué', or tired.

Ecouter: Definition & Conjugation

33. Ecouter: Definition & Conjugation

'Ecouter,' is a verb in French that means 'to listen to' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Emprunter: Definition & Conjugation

34. Emprunter: Definition & Conjugation

The French verb 'emprunter' means 'to borrow' in English. In this lesson, we will learn how to use this verb in a conversation. We will also view the conjugation and learn some sentences with the verb.

Enregistrer: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

35. Enregistrer: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the verb 'enregistrer,' which has several meanings. It can mean to record, to save (a file), and to check (bags). We'll look at situations where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Enseigner: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

36. Enseigner: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

In this lesson we will show you how to use the verb 'enseigner,' which means 'to teach' in English. We'll look at a situation where it would be used, view the conjugation, and learn several sentences with the verb.

Entendre in French: Definition & Conjugation

37. Entendre in French: Definition & Conjugation

The verb 'entendre' is regular but has two meanings. It can mean simply 'to hear,' but can also mean 'to understand.' It is the latter meaning that makes the verb part of many common French idioms. This lesson will discuss the conjugation of the verb as well as its definitions.

Epeler: Meaning & Conjugation

38. Epeler: Meaning & Conjugation

Roses are red, violets are blue, bees smell flowers...WAIT! It's not a Smelling Bee, it's a SPELLING BEE! Let's learn the meaning and conjugation of the French verb 'épeler' (to spell) and have some fun along the way! We'll learn about what makes this verb irregular: its S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G!

Etudier: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

39. Etudier: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

The French verb 'etudier' means 'to study' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Fermer: Definition & Conjugation

40. Fermer: Definition & Conjugation

The verb 'fermer' means 'to close' in English. This lesson will show you how to use this verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and read a few sentences containing the verb.

French Auxiliary Verbs

41. French Auxiliary Verbs

This lesson serves as an introduction to French auxiliary verbs. The two auxiliary verbs are introduced, as well as examined with examples in context. A short quiz to assess your understanding follows this lesson.

Using Infinitive Verbs in French

42. Using Infinitive Verbs in French

In this lesson, we will learn about infinitive verbs in French, including what an infinitive verb is, the five main contexts in which infinitives are used, and where to place them in a sentence.

French Subject-Verb Agreement

43. French Subject-Verb Agreement

'Me Tarzan! You Jane!' Is this how you feel when trying to have a conversation in French? Not for long; in this lesson you'll learn subject-verb agreement for the three main French verb forms: ''-er'', ''-ir/-re'', and irregular so that you'll recognize and conjugate the correct verb form with the correct subject pronoun.

French Verbs with 'De'

44. French Verbs with 'De'

This lesson covers the French verbs that appear with 'de.' Some require 'de' to make sense and express a complete action. Others take 'de' only in certain circumstances. There are no shortcuts to memorizing these, but this lesson provides an introduction.

Gagner: Translation & Conjugation

45. Gagner: Translation & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb ''gagner,'' including its translation and conjugation. The verb's conjugation is shown in the present tense, future tense, and passé composé. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Laver: Definition & Conjugation

46. Laver: Definition & Conjugation

Do the dishes! Take a shower! Wash the car! These are all very important commands you may have heard from your parents growing up, but what would they sound like in French? In this lesson you'll learn the verb 'laver' (to wash), how to conjugate it, and some other important phrases and expressions that use the verb.

Lire in French: Definition & Conjugation

47. Lire in French: Definition & Conjugation

'Lire' is a verb in French that means 'to read' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at common situations where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and practice a few sentences with the verb.

Manquer: Conjugation & Translation

48. Manquer: Conjugation & Translation

In this lesson you will learn how to use the verb ''manquer'' as well as how to conjugate the verb. ''Manquer'' is a regular -er verb with some irregular uses. Here you will find some simple rules to help you remember how to correctly use the verb ''manquer.''

Marcher Conjugation

49. Marcher Conjugation

The French verb marcher can be used in a few different ways. It is most commonly used to say to walk or to function. Here we will learn how to conjugate the verb as well as some alternative uses for it.

Mentir in French: Definition & Conjugation

50. Mentir in French: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb ''mentir,'' including its translation and conjugation. The verb's conjugation is shown in the present tense, passé composé, and future tense. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Monter: Conjugation & Translation

51. Monter: Conjugation & Translation

This lesson introduces the French verb ''monter,'' its translation and conjugation. The verb's conjugation is shown in the present tense, passé composé, and future tense. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Nager: Definition & Conjugation

52. Nager: Definition & Conjugation

The French verb 'nager,' means 'to swim' in English. This lesson will show you how to use this verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences using the verb.

Nettoyer: Meaning & Conjugation

53. Nettoyer: Meaning & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate the verb 'nettoyer,' which means 'to clean,' in present tense. We will also learn some useful phrases and sentences with this verb, and how to use it as a command.

Nommer: Definition & Conjugation

54. Nommer: Definition & Conjugation

What are you going to name your new pet? Whom are you going to nominate for the position of assistant? These are two examples of questions you'll able to ask after this lesson. We'll explore the lesser-known verb you can use to talk about naming. You'll also find how to conjugate 'nommer', as well as a few other uses.

Ouvrir in French: Translation & Conjugation

55. Ouvrir in French: Translation & Conjugation

Let's take a look at the verb 'ouvrir,' which means 'to open' in English. We'll see a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences using the verb.

Parler: Definition & Conjugation

56. Parler: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn the verb 'parler,' which means 'to speak' or 'to talk.' We will look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences using the verb.

Partir Conjugation

57. Partir Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn all about the verb 'partir,' which means 'to leave' in English. We will look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences using the verb.

Pendre: Definition & Conjugation

58. Pendre: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn about the verb 'pendre,' which means 'to hang.' Specifically, we will learn how to conjugate 'pendre' in present tense, then we'll discuss some phrases and sentences that include this verb.

Perdre: Translation & Conjugation

59. Perdre: Translation & Conjugation

This lesson will show you how to use the French verb 'perdre', which means 'to lose' in English. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear this word, view the conjugation, and look at example sentences using the verb.

Pouvoir: Definition & Conjugation

60. Pouvoir: Definition & Conjugation

Do you want to be able to talk about the things you can and can't do in French? In this lesson, we look at one of the most common irregular verbs in French, 'pouvoir,' and learn how it is used to express ability and/or capacity.

Prendre: Meaning & Conjugation

61. Prendre: Meaning & Conjugation

Take a peek at prendre, the verb that means 'to take'! In this lesson, we will learn the conjugation, meaning and usage of the irregular verb, prendre.

Regarder: Definition & Conjugation

62. Regarder: Definition & Conjugation

The verb 'regarder,' means 'to watch' and 'to look at' in English. This lesson will show you how to use 'regarder' correctly when you speak and write in French. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Remercier: Definition & Conjugation

63. Remercier: Definition & Conjugation

Most people, French speaking or not, know that merci means 'thank you' in French. Do you know where that word comes from? By the end of this lesson you will, as well as how to conjugate the verb and why we use it.

Retourner: Meaning & Conjugation

64. Retourner: Meaning & Conjugation

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the verb ''retourner''. First, you'll study the different meanings of the verb 'retourner', and then you'll see examples to learn how to conjugate it in the present tense.

Rever: Meaning & Conjugation

65. Rever: Meaning & Conjugation

'Rever' is a verb in French that means 'to dream' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Rire: Definition & Conjugation

66. Rire: Definition & Conjugation

There is a saying, 'He who laughs, lasts,' which emphasizes the importance of having a sense of humor. In this lesson, you will learn about the verb 'rire,' meaning 'to laugh,' as well as different ways to say that something or someone is funny.

Se Souvenir: Definition & Conjugation

67. Se Souvenir: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson we will show you how to use the verb ''se souvenir'', which means 'to remember' in English. We'll look at a situation where you will see it used, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

S'endormir: Conjugation & Passe Compose

68. S'endormir: Conjugation & Passe Compose

'S'endormir' is one of the many reflexive verbs in French. It means 'to fall asleep,' so it's different from the verb 'dormir,' which means 'to sleep.' In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate 's'endormir' in the present and the past tense.

Sentir in French: Definition & Conjugation

69. Sentir in French: Definition & Conjugation

The French verb ''sentir'' is a very useful one, and appears in a variety of idioms. It belongs to the third group of French verbs, and is conjugated regularly. It can mean either to feel, in the literal or emotional sense, or to smell.

Sourire: Definition & Conjugation

70. Sourire: Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, we will learn about the verb ''sourire,'' which means 'to smile' in English. We will look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few other expressions with the verb.

Taper in French: Definition & Conjugation

71. Taper in French: Definition & Conjugation

Imagine you are training for a new job, and your boss asks you to type a resume. In this lesson you will learn the many uses for the verb ''taper'' as well as some useful expressions that will have you clapping your hands by the end!

Telephoner Conjugation

72. Telephoner Conjugation

In this lesson, we'll learn the French verb 'telephoner.' This word looks a lot like the English word 'telephone.' We'll look at some common situations where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Vendre: Translation & Conjugation

73. Vendre: Translation & Conjugation

The verb 'vendre' means 'to sell' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb. We'll look at a common situation where you might hear it, view the conjugation, and look at example sentences using the verb.

Venir in French: Definition & Conjugation

74. Venir in French: Definition & Conjugation

This lesson introduces the French verb ''venir,'' including its translation and conjugation. The verb's conjugation is shown in the present tense, passé composé, and simple future tense. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Vivre: Meaning & Conjugation

75. Vivre: Meaning & Conjugation

In this lesson, you will learn about several meanings of the French verb 'vivre' and its conjugation in the present tense, plus its past participle. 'Vivre' can be very useful in everyday conversation and is used in quite a few French expressions.

Voler: Conjugation & Translation

76. Voler: Conjugation & Translation

Here you will learn the two main uses for the verb ''voler'' as well as how to conjugate the verb in the present and past tense. You will also learn some idiomatic uses for the verb.

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