Important and Frequent French Verbs: 11-20

The second part of the 100 important and frequent French verbs (numbers 11-20) with English translation, example sentences and exercises.

The List of the Frequent and Important French Verbs With Examples

FrenchEnglishExample Sentence
blesserto hurt / to injure / to woundJe me suis blessé à la jambe.
Les mots qu'il a dit m'ont blessé profondément.
boireto drinkJe ne bois pas de thé.
Boire du café empêche de dormir.
bougerto moveEst-ce que vous pouvez bouger votre sac un peu, s'il-vous-plaît ?
Moi, je ne bouge pas d'ici !
céderto yield / to collapse / to give wayCéder la place à une personne âgée dans un bus.
changerto change / to replaceAu prochain arrêt, nous devons changer de train.
Il faut que je me changer avant de sortir ce soir.
chercherto look forJe cherche la poste, s'il-vous-plaît. Vous savez où elle est ?
Tu ne sais pas où sont mes clés ? Je les cherche partout !
choisirto choose / to selectIl y a tellement de choses que je ne sais pas quoi choisir !
Pour le dessert, j'ai choisi un crème brûlée, s'il-vous-plaît.
commanderto orderQu'est-ce que tu as pris comme plat ? J'ai commandé un risotto.
commencerto beginLe spectacle va commencer.
Il commence à faire nuit.
comprendreto understandJe ne comprends pas ce que vous dites. Vous pouvez répéter, s'il-vous-plaît ?
Je n'ai rien compris de ce livre. Il est trop compliqué pour moi.

 

Exercises

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Important and Frequent French Verbs: 1-10

French Frequent and Important Verbs

The following French verbs are in the alphabetical order. They are the first ten verbs of the 100 frequent and important French verbs that I have put together.

The List of the Important French Verbs With Examples

FrenchEnglishExample Sentence
acheterto buyJe voudrais acheter une baguette.
aiderto helpPuis-je vous aider, Madame ?
aimerto like / to loveJ'aime les voitures françaises.
Paris, je t'aime !
allerto goElle va à l'école toute seule.
apporterto bringLe facteur a apporté le courrier.
apprendreto learnJ'apprends le français tous les jours.
arrêterto stopJe dois arrêter de fumer les cigarettes.
arriverto come / to arriveIl y a quelqu'un ? Oui, j'arrive !
attendreto waitVous pouvez attendre ici, Monsieur.
avoirto haveTu as une jolie veste.

Exercises

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100 Useful Beginner French Sentences and Expressions

100 French Useful Sentences

I have been always wondering what is a good way of starting to learn a language.  The answer is: many. Or even better: whatever the method, the result is all that counts.

Can you say you have learned a language knowing 100 sentences in it ? Certainly not, but it gives you a good picture of what the language looks like.  It also allows you can express the most basic demands and understand them, introduce and speak about yourself, buy things, understand some of the swear words, and above all, use the vocabulary and structure from these 100 sentences to create hundreds of new sentences, or even possibly an infinite number of them, if we refer to Chomsky : ).

Some statistics to show how much of French you will learn

  • Sentences: 100
  • Words: 490
  • Unique French Words: 241
  • CEFR level: A1

 

I have created 100 useful French sentences and expressions to provide something for beginners to start with, to help you grasp the language and get some practice before travelling to France for example. You can also use it to check whether you have the CEFR A1 level in French.

The sentences are divided into 17 categories to make it easier for the learner to find a particular expression. It makes learning the expressions easier too.

Categories 

  1. Speaking About Yourself
  2. Travel
  3. A the hotel
  4. At the train station
  5. Occupation / Work
  6. Family
  7. Greetings and Polite Words
  8. At the café (ordering drinks)
  9. At the restaurant
  10. At the airport
  11. At the shop
  12. Survival Expressions
  13. Taking a Taxi
  14. Being Lost
  15. Small Talk
  16. Gap fillers / Keeping the Conversation
  17. Swear Words / Impolite Words

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10 Most Important French Verbs For Tourists (With Examples)

French Verbs for Tourists

10 Essential French Verbs For Tourists (With Examples)

 

The summer vacation is approaching, and you might be thinking: “I’m going to France and the only words I know are Bonjour and Merci”. The good news is these are two most important words in any language of any country you are visiting. It’s the strictest minimum that you should know if you don’t want to be considered as a complete philistine and ignoramus.

 

The bad news is that it’s too late to jump on a complete French language course as you certainly won’t have time to finish it and you remember much when faced with a real life French speaking situation. (However, you never know, people can sometimes do amazing things, and the motivation and the drive to achieve something are the most incredible things, especially in learning).

 

If you want learn fast, you must start small and be able to see the “frame” of what you are trying to accomplish. The material must be concrete, understandable and easy to acquire by the means of some stimulating exercises.

 

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Names of Countries in French: Masculine Feminine Articles

Masculine Feminine Definite Articles with the Names of Countries in French

When evoking the names of countries in French, you will usually use a definite French masculine, feminine or plural article (le / la / les) to go with it.

It means that when speaking about a specific country, let's take France and Germany for example, you will need to say " l'Allemagne" but not "Allemagne" and "la France" and not just "France". Example: 

  • A: Quel est le nom du pays à l'est de la France ? What's the name of the country east of France ? 
  • B: C'est l'Allemagne. It's Germany. 

However if you are interested in expressing in French the idea of going to a country, city or continent (Eg. Je suis à Paris, Je vais en Russie, Je vis aux Etats-Unis), you should check the "à", "en" and "aux" lesson. 

When Use the Definite Article ? 

In general, you must use a definite article in front of the names of countries, continents, mountains, seas, lakes and rivers. Some of the frequent usage examples:  

 

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