Être – to Be

The present tense of être is used so often in French, it is important that you get to know these phrases. to be = êtreI am = je suisyou are (singular) = tu eshe is = il estshe is = elle estit is = il est or elle estwe are = nous sommesyou are (plural) … Read more

AVOIR Workpages

Available as an instant downloadable file, Avoir Workpages provides an assortment of reproducible exercises at different levels to provide your students with extra practice for this essential verb. Many of the pages provided are taken from Nallenart’s popular French curriculum for homeschool and classroom, L’Art de LIRE. Avoir Workpages C$9.95 View sample pages. Sponsored by … Read more

aller = to go

Aller (a-LAY) means to go in French. Aller is an irregular verb, which means it doesn’t follow a particular pattern when it is conjugated. Take some time to memorize this important verb! I go = je vaisyou go = tu vashe goes = il vashe goes = elle vawe go = nous allonsyou go = … Read more

LIRE = to read

Lire is an irregular verb meaning to read. The English words literature and literary are related to lire. je lis (zhuh LEE)* = I read tu lis (tyoo LEE) = you read il lit (eel LEE) = he reads elle lit (el LEE) = she reads nous lisons (noo lee-ZOH) = we read vous lisez … Read more

Expressions with AVOIR – age

French uses the verb avoir to tell how old someone is.
   How old are you?
      Quel âge as-tu? (kel ahzh* ah tyoo)**
   I am ten years old.
      J’ai dix ans. (zhay* deez ah)**
Read the question, then answer in French.
   Quel âge as-tu?
* zh sounds like “g” in beige or “s” in measure.
** Please keep in mind that these pronunciation guides give only a
crude approximation of the actual French sounds.

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Expressions with AVOIR – soif

j’ai soif (zhay* SWAHF)** = I am thirsty

In English, we use the phrase “I am thirsty” to let someone know we need a drink. In this sentence “am,” the being word, is used. To make the same statement in French, avoir (the having word) is used. The French phrase for “I am thirsty,” j’ai soif, uses the having verb avoir. Even though this phrase literally means “I have thirst,” we would translate it as “I am thirsty,” because that is how we would say it in English.

This is what the different forms of this phrase look like in the
present tense.

j’ai soif
-I am thirsty
nous avons soif
-we are thirsty
tu as soif
-you are thirsty
vous avez soif
-you are thirsty
il a soif
-he is thirsty
ils ont soif
-they are thirsty
elle a soif
-she is thirsty
elles ont soif
-they are thirsty

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ÉCRIRE = to write

Écrire means to write. It is related to the English words scribe, script, and scripture. j’écris (zhay-KREE)* = I writetu écris (tyoo ay-KREE) = you writeil écrit (eel ay-KREE) = he writeselle écrit (el ay-KREE) = she writesnous écrivons (noo-zay-kree-VOH) = we writevous écrivez (voo-zay-kree-VAY) = you writeils écrivent (eel-zay-KREEV) = they writeelles écrivent (el-zay-KREEV) … Read more

DIRE = to say, to tell

Dire is an irregular verb meaning to say or to tell. The French word dire is from the Latin word dicere (to say) and is related to the English words dictate, diction, and dictionary. Note the irregular vous form! je dis (zhuh DEE)* = I saytu dis (tyoo DEE) = you sayil dit (eel DEE) … Read more