50 essential French verbs 👌

  • Acheter = to buy

>  Achète du pain si tu vas à la boulangerie. = Buy some bread if you go to the bakery.

  • Aimer = to love / like

> Il aime lire. = He likes to read.

  • Aller = to go

> Elle va chez le coiffeur. = She goes to the hairdresser’s.

  • Appeler = to call

> Appelle-moi demain. = Call me tomorrow.

  • Arriver = to arrive

> Tu arrives à quelle heure ? = What time do you arrive?

  • Attendre = to wait

> Attends-moi ! = Wait for me! 

  • Avoir = to have

> Il a 16 ans. = He’s 16 years old.

  • Boire = to drink

> Je ne bois jamais de café. = I never drink coffee.

  • Chercher = to search / look for

> Je cherche mes clés. = I’m looking for my keys.

  • Commencer = to start

> Tu commences à quelle heure ? = What time do you start?

  • Comprendre = to understand

> Excusez-moi, je ne comprends pas. = Sorry, I don’t understand.

  • Connaître = to know 

> Tu connais Philippe ? = Do you know Philippe?

  • Croire = to believe

> Ils croient au père Noël. = They believe in Santa Claus.

  • Demander = to ask

> Je ne sais pas, demande à ton frère. = I don’t know, ask your brother.

  • Devenir = to become

> Qu’est-ce que tu deviens ? = What are you up to?

  • Devoir = to have to

> Tu dois aller chez le médecin. = You have to go to the doctor.

  • Dire = to say / tell

> Elle ne dit jamais rien. = She never says anything.

  • Donner = to give

> Il donne des cours de français. = He gives French lessons.

  • Dormir = to sleep

> Ce chat dort toute la journée. = This cat sleeps all day long.

  • Écouter = to listen

> On écoute de la musique. = We listen to music.

  • Entendre = to hear

> Je n’entends rien. = I don’t hear anything.

  • Entrer = to enter 

> Il entre dans le magasin. = He enters the store.

  • Être = to be

> Vous êtes fatigués ? = Are you tired?

  • Faire = to do / make

> Ils font beaucoup de bruit. = They make a lot of noise.

  • Finir = to finish

> Elles finissent à quelle heure ? = What time do they finish?

  • Lire = to read

> Je lis le journal tous les matins. = I read the newspaper every morning.

  • Manger = to eat

> Nous mangeons généralement vers 19h30. = We usually eat at 7:30 p.m.

  • Mettre = to put (on)

> Mets un pull, il fait froid. = Put on a jumper, it’s cold.

  • Montrer = to show

> Montre-moi ton dessin. = Show me your drawing.

  • Ouvrir = to open

> Il ouvre son cadeau. = He opens his gift.

  • Parler = to speak / talk

> Vous parlez anglais ? = Do you speak English?

  • Partir = to leave

> Elle part demain matin. = She leaves tomorrow morning.

  • Passer = to go / pass by

> Le bus passe devant la mairie. = The bus passes by the town hall.

  • Penser = to think

> À quoi tu penses ? = What are you thinking about?

  • Porter = to carry

> Il porte ses valises. = He carries his luggage.

  • Pouvoir = to be able to / can

> Tu peux venir demain ? = Can you come tomorrow?

  • Prendre = to take

> Prends un parapluie, il pleut. = Take an umbrella, it’s raining.

  • Recevoir = to receive

> Elle reçoit beaucoup de courrier. = She receives a lot of mail.

  • Regarder = to watch / look at

Ils regardent un match de foot. = They are watching a football match.

  • Répondre = to answer

> Tu ne réponds pas à ma question. = You are not answering my question.

  • Rester = to stay

> Il reste à la maison. = He stays at home.

  • Rire = to laugh

> Tu me fais rire ! = You make me laugh!

  • Savoir = to know 

Je ne sais pas. = I don’t know.

  • Sortir = to go out

> Vous sortez ce soir ? = Are you going out tonight?

  • Travailler = to work

> Tu vas travailler ce week-end ? = Are you going to work this weekend?

  • Trouver = to find

> Je ne trouve plus mes lunettes. = I can’t find my glasses. 

  • Venir = to come

> Tu viens avec nous ? = Are you coming with us?

  • Vivre = to live

> Il vit à Paris. = He lives in Paris.

  • Voir = to see

> Je ne vois rien. = I can’t see anything.

  • Vouloir = to want

> Tu veux un café ? = Do you want a coffee?

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