Are you ready to learn a new way to speak about the future? Have you been using the futur proche all the time? Are you ready to up your game in the way you speak French? You’ll see the futur simple is very useful, and it’s not hard to form. Have a look at my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this page. I will teach you how to use this tense with regular and irregular verbs, and you’ll have loads of resources to help you practice and master your new skill!
STEP 1: Download your 6 page study guide and be ready to take notes and write sentences in the futur simple.
STEP 2: Watch my video tutorial.
STEP 3: Worksheet #1 – Futur proche vs Futur simple
STEP 4: Worksheet #2 – Complete sentences by filling in the blanks with verbs in the futur simple.
STEP 5: Practice, practice, practice using your set of 40 conjugation cards. You’ll see the futur simple in action with 40 new examples. Regular and irregular verbs are included for lots of exposure.
STEP 6: Have a little fun while learning the futur simple with 5 crossword puzzles.
STEP 7: Once you complete this set of 50 sudoku puzzles, you’ll definitely be a pro! There are so many different versions. You’ll be able to print new ones anytime you’d like a fun review.
STEP 8: See the futur simple in action with 10 different page long mini-dialogues. It’s always a great idea to see how your new skill can be used in different contexts. Try reading them aloud to practice oral production! Here’s a list of the fun themes used in the dialogues:
La météo Le cinéma Au restaurant Chez le médecin L’automne L’environnement La montagne La plage Les vacances Les tâches ménagères
STEP 9: You have 60 half-page worksheets to practice using 60 different verbs in the futur simple. Regular and irregular verbs are included. You write the conjugation as well as your own sentence using the verb. Use at least 7 words!
STEP 10: You’ll get a link to a Quizlet study set that you can use online anytime to practice forming the futur simple with fun games and tests to evaluate your progress.
“Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is “dictating” speaks and another who is “taking dictation” writes down the words as they are spoken. Among speakers of several languages, dictation is used as a test of language skill, similar to spellingbees in the English-speaking world.”
You can watch the first of twenty French beginner level dictation exercises in the video at the bottom of this post. Click on the button below for a free transcript, translation, and audio version of “Dans la rue”.
➯ Video presentation of the dictée. Watch me and listen as I read each sentence two times slowly enough to understand and write at the same time. Many non-natives find it makes the listening comprehension part of dictation exercises more manageable to see the speaker’s mouth. Once I’ve finished reading the dictation, I will present each written sentence in French along with the English translation. Once we’ve gone through all of the sentences and you have checked your work, I will present the complete text in paragraph form on the screen. At that time, we can slowly read through the complete text together so they can see how the separate sentences actually form a short story.
➯ Audio presentation of the dictée.. Listen as I read each sentence two times slowly enough to understand and write at the same time. This version of the exercise will be more challenging as you will not see the speaker’s mouth.
➯ PDF of the numbered sentences in the dictée and the English translation.
➯ Numbered response sheet. This is located on page 2 of the PDF.
Have you learned all or most of the French grammar you see on the list below? Do you find it easier to read and write than to speak and understand when being spoken to? Listening comprehension takes a ton of practice. Watch Jennifer’s first lesson on listening comprehension for beginners in the video below. This is the French course for you if you have studied a lot of basic grammar, and you need to practice putting it all together. Maybe you have some knowledge of French grammar, but you have difficulty creating solid sentences. In this course you will learn a lot about all of those “extra” words that pop up everywhere in French (and why they’re there).
This is an upper beginner level French listening comprehension course. Ten lessons are included for a total of 2.5 + hours of video instruction. Each comprehensive lesson includes French grammar unique to the A1 level (see grammar specifics below).
Each lesson covers a different theme, but the grammar used is repeated in different contexts lesson to lesson all the while adding new elements from the list.
In each lesson:
Jennifer does a first reading of the text on video
Jennifer asks 5 comprehension questions and you begin to answer
Jennifer does a second reading of the text on video
Jennifer shows you the 5 comprehension questions in written form and you finish answering
Jennifer goes over all 5 questions and answers with you
Jennifer leads you through a comprehensive grammatical analysis of the text
Each video lesson lasts approximately fifteen minutes. PDFs of the texts in French with English translations as well as the 5 listening comprehension questions are provided for you to print out and perhaps take notes on as you take each lesson.
This French listening comprehension course for beginners covers the grammar on the list below:
French subject pronouns
Articles: Definite, indefinite and partitives
Prepositions of location
Time, days, months
French verb ALLER
French verb ÊTRE
French verb AVOIR + expressions
French verb FAIRE + expressions
French verb PRENDRE
French verb METTRE
Il faut / Il ne faut pas
There is a lot included in the lessons that isn’t on this list. Don’t worry, these are new things you will learn during our time together. Have a look at the first lesson in the following video.
Watch my video lesson on how to use French reflexive verbs in the present and passé composé tenses. Download your 10 page support guide to this lesson on Patreon. Here’s a list of 32 of the most common reflexive verbs, their past participles, and their translations in English.
The passé composé of certain French verbs uses the present tense form of être as helping verb. You need to add the past participle of the verb you want to use in the past tense. Do not confuse verbs that use être with action verbs. Many action verbs use avoir as helping verb. Most of these verbs express a change of place, state, or condition.
👉 Scroll down to watch my video lesson on this French grammar topic 👈
Listen to the dictée while watching the video below. Download your free support guide which indicates all of the grammar topics included as well as the correction and English translation @LLL French Academy.
There are two main factors to consider when using adjectives in French, and they are very different to the way we use adjectives in English. Scroll all the way down if you just want a quick list of 40 very easy to use French adjectives.
French adjectives must agree in number and in gender with the person, place or thing that they are describing.
Most of the time you must place the adjective AFTER the noun it is describing.
The final consonant in masculine adjectives is usually silent and usually pronounced in feminine ones.
👉 Il faut manger pour vivre et non vivre pour manger.
IL FAUT + INFINITIVE
You must eat to live and not live to eat.
👉 Il faut commencer maintenant.
We need to start now.
FALLOIR = AVOIR BESOIN DE
You can still use the verbs devoir and avoir besoin de to mean must or need, but you’ll sound much more French if you use falloir!
When you use the verb falloir with the indirect object pronouns ME – TE – LUI – NOUS – VOUS – LEUR you can totally avoid the subjunctive by following them up with an infinitive. Just remember when translating sentences to English, il will not be the first word you translate. The first translated word will be the pronoun. English and French are just different that way. Look at the following examples.
👉 Il me faut un nouvel appartement. 👉 I need a new apartment.
👉 Il te faut des oeufs? 👉 Do you need eggs?
👉 Il lui faut son maillot de bain. 👉 He / She needs his / her swimsuit.
👉 Il lui faut ses baskets. 👉 He / She needs his / her sports shoes.
👉 Il nous faut une grande voiture. 👉 We need a big car.
👉 Il vous faut trois euros. 👉 You need three euros.
Take the quiz at the end of the video. See the exercise at the bottom of this page, and I’ll tell you the answers during the video.
The subjunctive is rumored to be the most difficult thing in French, but it’s not true. Watch the video lesson and follow along reading the text below the video link. I will not teach every exception in this lesson. Let’s keep it simple for now.
When and why do we use the subjunctive in French?
How do you form the subjunctive?
Examples using the subjunctive in meaningful context.
The present French subjunctive refers to actions in the present or future.
Use the subjunctive when the sentence contains a dependent and a main clause.
The dependent and main clauses are connected by the word QUE.
One of the clauses will demonstrate a WEIRDO condition.
If what follows QUE is subjective in nature, you must use the subjunctive.
What do sentences with a main and dependent clause connected by QUE look like? Here are some examples.
Wishing / Wanting
Je voudrais que tu finisses tes devoirs.
Je voudrais means I would like, so it demonstrates wanting.
The Je voudrais and the tu finisses tes devoirs are connected by QUE.
Just because I want THAT you finish your homework doesn’t mean you’re actually going to do it.
Je suis triste qu’elle ne vienne pas.
Je suis triste means I am sad, so it demonstrates an emotion.
The Je suis triste and the elle ne vienne pas are connected by QUE.
I am sad THAT she’s not coming.
So why use the subjunctive here? There’s not really a doubt associated with she’s not coming, but anytime you’re dealing with emotion you do have to use the subjunctive.
Il est important que nous répondions à toutes les questions.
Il est important means It is important, so that’s an impersonal expression.
The Il est important and the nous répondions à toutes les questions are connected by QUE.
It is importantTHATwe respond to all of the questions, but just because it’s important doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. Right?
Requests / Requirements / Recommendations
Je suggère que vous arriviez un peu en avance.
Je suggère means I suggest, so that’s a recommendation.
Je suggère and the vous arriviez un peu en avance are joined by QUE.
Just because I suggest THAT you arrive a little early doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
Demands / doubts / denying
Il faut que je mette la table.
Il faut means It is necessary, so that’s a demand.
You can easily use Il faut followed by an infinitive and avoid the subjunctive altogether, but many times you’ll want to say Il faut que followed by another clause that begins with a subject.
In this example the Il faut and the je mette la table are joined by QUE.
Just because It is necessary THAT I set the table doesn’t mean I’ll do it.
Je ne crois pas que ce soit une bonne idée.
Je ne crois pas means I don’t believe, so that demonstrates an Opinion.
The Je ne crois pas and the ce soit une bonne idée are connected by QUE.
Just because I don’t believe THAT it is a good idea doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not.
How to Form the Present French Subjunctive
Before doing some exercises together I will show you how to form the subjunctive. There are just a few irregular verbs to learn. As you may have guessed, the irregular verbs are the ones we use all the time.
How to form the stem / radical
The stem is what you’ll add the subjunctive endings to.
Take the -ENT off of the 3rd person plural form of the present tense verb
It is necessary
It is necessary THAT we write a letter.
Il faut que nous écrivions une lettre.
That we write a letter
This part of the sentence needs the subjunctive. Why? Remember, just because it’s necessary doesn’t mean we’re going to do it.
The verb «ÉCRIRE»: Present subjunctive
How do you form the stem / radical?
3rd person plural (indicative):Ils écrivent
Take the -ENT off of the 3rd person plural form of the verb.
Écriv- This is your stem
Now add the subjunctive endings.
What are the subjunctive endings?
This is the present subjunctive of the verb écrire. The endings are in bold print:
que tu écrives
qu’il écrive / qu’elle écrive / qu’on écrive
que nous écrivions
que vous écriviez
Stem-Changing Verbs in the French Subjunctive
Verbs that are stem changing in the present indicative are the same in the subjunctive.
Keep the same stem in the je, tu, il / elle / on, and ils / elles forms.
Only the nous and vous forms that will be different, and the same is true in the regular present tense.
We will look at only 4 stem changing verbs, but know that the same rule applies to other verbs in the same category.
Form the stem the regular way: ils boivent, take off the -ent, and it becomes boiv- Only nous and vous will have a different stem.
que je boive
que nous buvions
que tu boives
que vous buviez
qu’il boive / qu’elle boive / qu’on boive
qu’ils boivent / qu’elles boivent
Form the stem the regular way: Nous and vous have an irregular stem; take the -ent off of the 3rd person plural form and you have the stem envoie-
que nous envoyions
que tu envoies
que vous envoyiez
qu’il envoie / qu’elle envoie / qu’on envoie
qu’ils envoient / qu’elles envoient
Nous and vous have an irregular stem; take the -ent off of the 3rd person plural form and you have the stem prenn-
que je prenne
que nous prenions
que tu prennes
que vous preniez
qu’il prenne / qu’elle prenne / qu’on prenne
qu’ils prennent / qu’elles prennent
Nous and vous have an irregular stem; take the -ent off of the 3rd person plural form and you have the stem vienn-
que je vienne
que nous venions
que tu viennes
que vous veniez
qu’il vienne / qu’elle vienne / qu’on vienne
qu’ils viennent / qu’elles viennent
Verbs with irregular stems (and regular endings)
Verbs with one stem
Que je fasse
Que je puisse
Que je sache
Que tu fasses
Que tu puisses
Que tu saches
Que nous fassions
Que nous puissions
Que nous sachions
Que vous fassiez
Que vous puissiez
Que vous sachiez
Verbs with two stems
Aller (aill- / all-)
Vouloir (veuill- / voul-)
Que nous allions
Que je veuille
Que nous voulions
Que tu ailles
Que vous alliez
Que tu veuilles
Que vous vouliez
Verbs with irregular stems and irregular endings
Que nous ayons
Que je sois
Que nous soyons
Que tu aies
Que vous ayez
Que tu sois
Que vous soyez
Exercise to practice the French subjunctive
See the written questions here, and I’ll tell you the answer in the video around the 29 minute mark.
In the first exercise put all verbs in the present subjunctive.
In the second exercise you will need to decide between the subjunctive and the indicative.
Il faut que tu _____ (faire) tes devoirs.
Je veux qu’il _____ (partir) ce soir.
Je regrette que vous _____ (être) en retard.
Elle est très heureuse que nous _____ (prendre) le train.
Il faut que vous _____ (dire) la vérité.
Je ne pense pas qu’il _____ (avoir) raison.
Je voudrais que tu _____ (apprendre) le russe.
Vous ne croyez pas qu’il ____ (vouloir) nous voir?
Je ne crois pas qu’ils se _____ (connaître).
Il faut que vous _____ (pouvoir) le comprendre.
Je regrette que tu ne ____ pas venir avec nous à la campagne ce week-end.a. peux b. pouvais c. puisses d. pourras
Il est sûr que tu ____ le français plus vite en pratiquant tous les jours.a. apprendras b. apprennes c. appris d. apprenais
Il faut que vous ____ plus d’exercice physique.a. fassiez b. faites c. ferez d. faisiez
Nous sommes heureux que vous _____ à notre mariage.a. veniez b. viendrez c. viendriez d. venez
Il n’est pas certain que ce projet _____ une excellente opportunité pour nous.a. était b. sera c. est d. soit
Je veux que mon fils _____ plus soin de ses affaires.
a. prenne b. prend c. prendra d. prenait
Le professeur exige que son élève ____ à l’examen.
a. réussit b. réussisse c. réussira d. réussissait
Il ne me semble pas que tu ____ ta leçon par coeur. Tu dois encore réviser.
a. savais b. sais c. saches d. sauras
Elle espère que tu _____ plus performant si tu acceptes de suivre cette formation.