French Prepositions Before Infinitives

Certain French verbs must be followed by DE, À, or NOTHING when an infinitive comes next.  This lesson includes common verbs that you will likely use on a regular basis.  You can follow any of these verbs with regular or irregular infinitives.

TRÈS IMPORTANT:  Keep in mind that this is a lesson about verbs when followed by infinitives and not nouns.  



The following verbs can be followed immediately by a verb in the INFINITIVE form.  À and DE are not required.

aimerJ’aime VOYAGER et RENCONTRER de nouveaux gens.
I like TO TRAVEL and TO MEET new people.
allerQu’est-ce que tu vas FAIRE ce soir?
What do you want TO DO tonight?
espérerMa soeur espère TROUVER du travail dans sa nouvelle ville.
My sister hopes TO FIND work in her new town.
falloirIl faut TRAVAILLER pour gagner sa vie.
It is necessary TO WORK to earn a living.
pouvoirNous pouvons ALLER faire les courses ensemble.
We can GO grocery shopping together.
préférerVous préférez VENIR avec nous ou RESTER à la maison?
Do you prefer TO COME with us or TO STAY at home?
savoirIls savent NAGER et PLONGER.
They know how TO SWIM and how TO DIVE.
venirJe viens DÎNER chez toi ce soir.
I’m coming TO HAVE DINNER at your house this evening.
vouloirTu veux APPORTER le pain?
Do you want TO BRING the bread?

Verbs followed by À

These verbs must be followed by À when they are used before an INFINITIVE:

aider àJ’aide À FAIRE le ménage.
I help TO DO the housework.
apprendre àTu apprends À PARLER français?
Are you learning TO SPEAK French?
commencer àElle commence À CHANTER.
She is beginning TO SING.
inviter àNous invitons nos voisins À VENIR prendre le thé.
We are inviting our neighbors TO COME have tea.
chercher àVous cherchez À COMPRENDRE.
You are trying TO UNDERSTAND.

Verbs followed by DE

These verbs take DE when they are used before an INFINITIVE:

arrêter deJ’arrête DE PARLER.
I stop SPEAKING.   I’m not SPEAKING anymore.
avoir besoin deTu as besoin D’ÉTUDIER ces verbes.
You need TO STUDY these verbs.
avoir peur deMon frère a peur DE PRENDRE l’avion.
My brother is afraid TO FLY.
se charger deNous nous chargeons DE PRÉPARER la fête.
We’re taking care of PREPARING the party.
choisir deVous choisissez DE RESTER chez vous.
You choose TO STAY home.
décider deIls décident DE FAIRE une présentation.
They decide TO MAKE a presentation.
demander deJe demande DE SORTIR.
I’m asking TO GO OUT.
se dépêcher deTu te dépêches DE TE PRÉPARER.
You are hurrying TO GET READY.
dire deElle ne dit pas DE LIRE le livre en entier.
She’s not saying TO READ the whole book.
essayer deNous essayons DE TE COMPRENDRE.
We are trying TO UNDERSTAND YOU.
finir deElles finissent D’ÉCRIRE l’exercice.
They’re finishing WRITING the exercise.
offrir deJ’offre D’APPORTER leurs bagages.
I’m offering TO BRING their luggage.
oublier deTu as oublié DE FAIRE tes devoirs.
You forgot TO DO your homework.
permettre deÇa me permet D’ACCÉLÉRER.
That allows me TO SPEED UP.
prévoir deOn prévoit D’ANNULER la soirée si personne ne peut venir.
We are planning TO CANCEL the party if nobody can come. 
promettre deNous promettons DE RANGER notre chambre.
We promise TO CLEAN UP our room.
risquer deVous risquez DE TOUT PERDRE.
You risk LOSING EVERYTHING.

Venir:  VENIR DE + INFINITIVE = RECENT PAST

Note that when VENIR is followed by DE it changes meaning:

Je viens manger. = I’m coming to eat.
Je viens de manger. = I have just eaten.
These four verbs can be followed by both an indirect object and an infinitive.  In that case, À is used before the object and DE before the infinitive. It may be helpful to think of these verbs in this way:

👉demander À quelqu’un DE faire quelque chose
👉ask someone to do something

👉dire À quelqu’un DE faire quelque chose
👉tell someone to do something

👉permettre À quelqu’un DE faire quelque chose
👉allow someone to do something

👉promettre À quelqu’un DE faire quelque chose
👉promise someone that you’ll do something

Observe the following sentences:

👉Il demande à Jean de répondre.
👉He asks Jean to answer.

👉Il dit à l’étudiant de répondre.
👉He tells the student to answer.

👉Il permet à Jean de se lever.
👉He allows Jean to get up.

👉Il promet à maman de se coucher.
👉He promises mom he’ll go to bed.


What’s included in this free French prepositions before infinitives course?

👉STEP 1: Download and study your 5 page lesson.

👉STEP 2: Download your cheat sheet which is a handy one page reference document that lists all of the verbs from the lesson.

👉STEP 3: Read the list of verbs on the left, and in the spaces provided on the right indicate whether they’re followed by à, de, or nothing when used with infinitives. Next, fold the paper in half on the dotted line, and use it as a practice chart.

👉STEP 4: Exercise 1 – Fill in the blanks with À, DE, or NOTHING at all. Check your work using the answer key.

👉STEP 5: Use this Quizlet study set to practice memorising which verbs are followed by À, DE, or NOTHING. This set includes fun games and tests to evaluate your progress.

👉STEP 6: Translate – English to French translation exercise using all of the verbs from the lesson. Check your work against the answer key, but don’t worry if your translation isn’t exactly the same as mine. The essential part of this exercise is to use verbs followed by infinitives correctly.

👉STEP 7: Practice making your own sentences using the verbs you’ve learned with your set of 60 speaking cards. Each card indicates a subject, verb, and when necessary À or DE. Every time you pull out your set of cards to practice, you can use a different infinitive of your choice. Half of the cards feature different forms of negation:

  • ne…pas
  • ne…plus
  • ne…jamais
  • ne…rien


French Prepositions of Place

The following are sixteen of the most common French prepositions of location. Practice and master these prepositions to say where people and things are located in relation to other people and things. 

Note that many of these prepositions are followed by de. This means you may need to form a contraction depending on the number and gender of the noun that follows it.

Remember: DE + LE = DU and DE + LES = DES

Watch my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this post.

devantin front of
derrièrebehind
à côté denext to
près denear
sousunder
dansin
entrebetween
par terreon the floor
contreagainst
au milieuin the middle
à gauche deto the left (of)
à droite deto the right (of)
suron
au dessus deabove
en dessous debeneath / below



What’s included in this French prepositions of location course?

👉 Lesson guide: Download your lesson guide before watching the video and be ready to take notes. All of the images from the video lesson are on the lesson guide, and they are also included in the Quizlet study set link that you will receive.

👉 Video tutorial: 12 minute video tutorial on prepositions of location with lots of examples and images.

👉 Translation exercise: This exercise looks like the lesson guide, but after having watched the video and seen how the prepositions are used in sentences, you’ll be asked to translate from English to French. Let’s see how much you’ve retained from the lesson!

👉 Written exercise: This is a reading exercise about a tidy bedroom and a writing exercise about an untidy one. There is a paragraph to read about a tidy bedroom. The idea is to see if you can figure out what it means even if you don’t know all of the vocabulary. The prepositions of location are used as context clues. The next part of this activity is to write ten sentences of your own about the image provided featuring an untidy bedroom. A list of useful vocabulary is provided and a quizlet study set as well. This list of vocabulary itemizes everything you see in the bedroom so that you can focus on the writing activity rather than looking up words in the dictionary. This is an excellent way to increase your vocabulary.

👉 Practice cards: Use your set of 16 practice cards (French only) to form sentences about where things are located no matter where you may be. I recommend printing the cards and cutting them out so that you can have them handy and ready to use when you feel like it. You can use them to talk about where things are located at home, in your car, in town, at work, at the bookstore… Anywhere!


Using the FUTUR SIMPLE with words like QUAND and other conjunctions

LEARN SEVEN ESSENTIAL WORDS AND PHRASES THAT ARE OFTEN FOLLOWED BY THE FUTURE TENSE. SOME WORDS AND PHRASES ARE OFTEN FOLLOWED BY THE FUTURE TENSE IN FRENCH EVEN THOUGH WE USE THEM WITH THE PRESENT TENSE IN ENGLISH.

Watch my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this post.


The following are formally called conjunctions and conjunctive phrases.



What’s included in this French future tense after conjunctions course?

👉 STEP 1:  Watch the video grammar lesson about these conjunctions and conjunctive phrases. Even if you have never even heard of some of them, by the end of this lesson you’ll have a much better understanding. Before you watch the lesson, be sure to download your lesson guide where you’ll find all of the rules and examples given in the lesson. You’ll even get a few helpful hints, and it will be a handy guide to add to your study resources.

👉 STEP 2:  You will have three online quizzes to take before moving on to the practice cards.

👉 STEP 3:  You get one set of practice cards, and an answer key is included so that you can easily check your work. I’m including paper free versions that you can open up on your device as well as versions with 4 cards per page that you can print and cut out in case you enjoy being away from the screen sometimes. You’ll be able to use this resource anywhere to truly practice and master your new French grammar skill.

Included:

  • Downloadable video lesson (24 minutes)
  • Two page printable lesson guide with rules, examples, and quick tips
  • Three online multiple choice quizzes
  • One set of 35 practice cards with answer key

French Possessive Adjectives

Use French possessive adjectives to say who something belongs to.  Possessive adjectives replace articles. In English we would say:  MY, YOUR, HIS, HER, OUR and THEIR. Watch my video lesson on possessive adjectives below.

There are more possessive adjectives in French than in English.  It all goes back to gender and number, which are always important in French.

When talking about body parts we hardly ever use possessive adjectives.  
For example, if you want to say “My head hurts” you would say “J’ai mal à la tête”
If a feminine noun begins with a vowel you have to use the masculine possessive adjective before it.  

For example, even though “araignée = spider” is a feminine noun, if it is MY spider I have to say MON araignée so that it will sound pretty when spoken. 
The tricky thing about French possessives is that the gender of the noun will determine which adjective needs to be used.  

For example, “stylo” is masculine.  It’s masculine no matter if it belongs to HIM or HER.  That’s why we say SON stylo to mean HIS pen and SON stylo to mean HER pen.  
EnglishMasculine SingularFeminine SingularBefore a vowelPlural
mymonmamonmon amiemes
your (tu)tontaton ton amietes
his / her / itssonsasonson amieses
ournotrenotre notrenos
your (vous)votrevotrevotrevos
theirleurleurleurleurs

Examples

my brothermon frèremy sisterma soeur
your brotherton frèreyour sisterta soeur
his brotherson frèrehis sistersa soeur
her brotherson frèreher sistersa soeur
our brothernotre frèreour sisternotre soeur
your brothervotre frèreyour sistervotre soeur
their brotherleur frèretheir sisterleur soeur
my momma mamanmy dadmon papa
your momta mamanyour dadton papa
his momsa mamanhis dadson papa
her momsa mamanher dadson papa
our momnotre mamanour dadnotre papa
your momvotre mamanyour dadvotre papa
their momleur mamantheir dadleur papa
my grandparentsmes grands-parents
your grandparentstes grands-parents
his grandparentsses grands-parents
her grandparentsses grands-parents
our grandparentsnos grands-parents
your grandparentsvos grands-parents
their grandparentsleurs grands-parents


Level B2 – French Relative Pronoun DONT

This is a comprehensive lesson on the French relative pronoun DONT for upper-intermediate B2 level learners.  This advanced level lesson includes a grammar video tutorial (scroll down to watch) in which I explain rules and show you plenty of examples so you can see how this pronoun is used in context. I will guide you through a 24 minute video, and you will feel as if we’re sitting together in a private lesson! 

Relative pronouns link two parts of a sentence together.  They make relative clauses and main clauses relate to one another.  By using relative pronouns you can avoid repetition.

👉 There are 5 relative pronouns in French:

DONT – OÙ – QUE – QUI – LEQUEL
In this lesson we will focus on DONT because it’s definitely the trickiest to use.

👉 DONT replaces:

DE + PERSON or THING (like the pronoun EN which isn’t a relative pronoun). Relative pronouns are necessary in French, but they’re often optional in English.

👉 Look for the preposition DE:

  • Je te parlais de mon ami. Voici mon ami.
  • Saying mon ami twice is repetitive.

👉 DONT is the SOLUTION TO REPETITION…

  • Voici mon ami.  Je t’ai parlé de mon ami.
  • C’est mon ami dont je t’ai parlé.

👉 The preposition DE is essential.  You can’t just get rid of it, but you can replace it with DONT.

  • Voici mon ami dont je te parlais.
  • Here is my friend (of whom) I was speaking.
  • Here’s my friend who I was speaking to you about.

👉 Remember that you can also use the pronoun EN to replace DE, but not to link two clauses.

  • Je te parlais de mon ami.
  • Je t’en parlais.
  • I was talking to you about him.

👉 Look for the preposition DE:

  • C’est un joli jardin.  Je m’occupe de ce joli jardin. 
  • Saying joli jardin twice is repetitive.

👉 DONT is the SOLUTION TO REPETITION…

  • C’est un joli jardin.  Je m’occupe de ce joli jardin.
  • C’est le joli jardin dont je m’occupe.

👉 DE is essential.  Replace it with DONT.

  • C’est le joli jardin dont je m’occupe.
  • This is the garden (of which) I take care.
  • This is the garden (that) I take care of.

👉 Remember that you can also use the pronoun EN to replace DE.

  • Je m’occupe de ce joli jardin.
  • Je m’en occupe.
  • I take care of it.

👉 Look for the preposition DE:

  • C’est une robe.  Je n’aime pas la couleur de cette robe. 
  • Saying robe twice is repetitive.

👉 Common French expressions that are followed by DE and used with DONT:

AVOIR BESOIN DE – TO NEED

  • Ce sont des ingrédients. J’ai besoin d’ingrédients. 
  • Ce sont les ingrédients dont j’ai besoin. 
  • These are the ingredients (that) I need.

RÊVER DE – TO DREAM ABOUT

  • Ce sont des chaussures.  Je rêve de ces chaussures!
  • Ce sont les chaussures dont je rêve!
  • These are the shoes (that) I’m dreaming of!

AVOIR PEUR DE – TO BE AFRAID OF

  • C’est un gros rat.  J’ai peur de ce gros rat.
  • C’est le gros rat dont j’ai peur.
  • That’s the big rat (that) I’m afraid of.

SE SOUVENIR DE – TO REMEMBER

  • C’était un voyage.  Je me souviendrai toujours de ce voyage.
  • C’était un voyage dont je me souviendrai toujours.
  • That was a trip (that) I will always remember.

SE RAPPELER DE – TO REMEMBER

  • C’est un vieux film.  Je me rappelle de ce vieux film.
  • C’est un vieux film dont je me rappelle.
  • It’s an old film (that) I remember.

PARLER DE – TO TALK ABOUT

  • C’est un moment difficile.  Je ne parle jamais de ce moment difficile.
  • C’est un moment difficile dont je ne parle jamais.  
  • It’s a difficult time (that) I never talk about.

S’OCCUPER DE – TO TAKE CARE OF

  • C’est un petit garçon.  Je m’occupe de ce petit garçon.
  • C’est un petit garçon dont je m’occupe.
  • That’s a little boy (that) I take care of.

AVOIR L’HABITUDE DE – TO BE USED TO

  • C’est un vieil ordi.  Je n’ai plus l’habitude de cet ordi.
  • C’est un ordi dont je n’ai plus l’habitude.
  • It’s a computer (that) I’m not used to anymore.

SE MÉFIER DE – TO BEWARE OF – TO DISTRUST

  • C’est une personne malhonnête. Il faut se méfier de cette personne.
  • C’est une personne dont il faut se méfier. 
  • This is a person to beware of.

SE MOQUER DE – TO MAKE FUN OF

  • C’est un homme politique. Tout le monde se moque de cet homme politique.
  • C’est un homme politique dont tout le monde se moque. 
  • He’s a politician that everyone makes fun of.

SE RENDRE COMPTE DE – TO BECOME AWARE OF

  • C’est une erreur.  Je me suis rendu(e) compte de cette erreur.
  • C’est une erreur dont je me suis rendu(e) compte. 
  • It’s a mistake that I became aware of.

SE SERVIR DE – TO USE

  • C’est un couteau.  Je me sers de ce couteau tous les jours. 
  • C’est un couteau dont je me sers tous les jours. 
  • This is a knife (that) I use every day.

What’s included in this French relative pronoun DONT lesson?

👉 STEP 1:  Print out your 6 page lesson guide on the relative pronoun DONT. Have it handy for taking notes and for writing your own examples during the video lesson.

👉 STEP 2:  Watch the 24 minute video lesson to learn how to use this pronoun. After carefully watching the lesson you can move on the the resources in the following sections.

👉 STEP 3:  6 sudoku puzzles to help you become familiar with 20 French expressions that are commonly used along with DONT. 

👉 STEP 4:  Written exercise (1 – 25). Link relative and main clauses with DONT. Answer key is included.

👉 STEP 5:  Practice speaking cards (1 – 25). Use these cards to practice oral production when using the pronoun DONT. The sentences are not the same ones you saw in the written exercise

Included:

  • 25 numbered practice cards – 4 per page for printing and cutting out
  • 25 numbered practice cards (the same ones) – 1 per page for online use
  • Numbered answer key

Level B1 – French Listening Comprehension Exercise

Listening comprehension is often one of the most difficult skills to develop, and that’s why it’s so important to expose yourself to spoken French as frequently as possible. In this exercise, listening comprehension and grammar skills combine forces! The reading that you will listen to includes many verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel (among other tenses). This is a four step activity to help you work on listening, reading, and writing skills.

What’s included in this French listening comprehension activity?

👉STEP 1: Listen to a 4 minute audio recording about a 14 year old girl making a diary entry

👉STEP 2: Download the fill in the blanks exercise. Write verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel as you listen to the audio recording. The verbs are not provided on the worksheet, so this will be a challenge.

👉STEP 3: Download the fill in the blanks writing verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel as you read the text carefully paying attention to context. The infinitive form of each verb is provided in parentheses. You can either do this exercise while listening to the audio or not.

👉STEP 4: Download the complete French text and English translation in case there are some passages you don’t completely understand.


French Stressed Pronouns – Disjunctive Pronouns

Stressed pronouns – Use them to add emphasis

Use French stressed pronouns to add emphasis to what you want to say.  Use these pronouns when you want to change the tone of your voice (as we do in English).  You can place them either at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. Have a look at my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this page.

French Disjunctive / Stress Pronouns – Lesson Guide

EnglishFrenchExample
memoiMoi, je parle français. Je parle français, moi.
youtoiToi, tu parles français? Tu parles français, toi?
himluiLui, il parle français. Il parle français, lui.
herelleElle, elle parle français. Elle parle français, elle?
usnousNous, nous parlons français. Nous parlons français, nous.
youvousVous, vous parlez français? Vous parlez français, vous?
them (masculine)euxEux, ils parlent français? Ils parlent français, eux?
them (feminine)ellesElles, elles parlent français. Elles parlent français, elles?

Stressed pronouns – Use them after prepositions or prepositions of location

Careful:  You won’t use disjunctive pronouns with À + A PERSON because that would require an indirect object pronoun.  Many times POUR + A PERSON will also require an indirect object pronoun if something is actually being done for that person.

moiavec – withavec moi – with me
toipour – forpour toi – for you
luichez – at the home ofchez lui – at his house
elleavant – beforeavant elle – before her
nousdevant – in front ofdevant nous – in front of us
vousaprès – afteraprès vous – after you
euxderrière – behindderrière eux – behind them
ellesà côté de – next toà côté d’elles – next to them

Stressed pronouns – Emphasize who is doing something

When you want to say something like “I  am the one who is going to the store”, just use the following model.  You must be sure to make the verb agree with the stress / disjunctive pronoun being used.  Even though we don’t say it like this in English, here’s a direct translation.  It’s as if you were saying “It is me who am going to the store”.  Weird, huh? But that’s how you do it in French, and it makes sense.

EnglishFrenchExample
memoiC’est moi qui vais au magasin.
I’m the one who is going to the store.
youtoiC’est toi qui vas au magasin.
You’re the one who is going to the store.
himluiC’est lui qui va au magasin.
He’s the one who is going to the store.
herelleC’est elle qui va au magasin.
She’s the one who is going to the store.
usnousC’est nous qui allons au magasin.
We’re the ones who are going to the store.
youvousC’est vous qui allez au magasin.
You’re the ones who are going to the store. (plural vous)
them (masculine)euxCe sont eux qui vont au magasin.
They’re the ones who are going to the store.
them (feminine)ellesCe sont elles qui vont au magasin.
They’re the ones who are going to the store.

Stressed pronouns – Use them to say also or neither – either

EnglishFrenchExample
me too
moi non plus              
moi aussi
me neither
Je vais au magasin, moi aussi.
I’m also going to the store.

Je ne vais pas au magasin, moi non plus.
I’m not going to the store either.
you too
you neither
toi aussi
toi non plus
Tu vas au magasin, toi aussi.
You’re also going to the store.

Tu ne vas pas au magasin, toi non plus.
You’re not going to the store either.
him too
him either
lui aussi
lui non plus
Il va au magasin, lui aussi.
He’s also going to the store.

Il ne va pas au magasin, lui non plus.
He’s not going to the store either.
her too
her either
elle aussi
elle non plus
Elle va au magasin, elle aussi.
She’s also going to the store.

Elle ne va pas au magasin, elle non plus.
She’s not going to the store either.
us too

us either
nous aussi

nous non plus         
Nous allons au magasin, nous aussi.
We’re also going to the store.

Nous n’allons pas au magasin, nous non plus.
We’re not going to the store either.
you too

you either
vous aussi

vous non plus
Vous allez au magasin, vous aussi.
You’re also going to the store.

Vous n’allez pas au magasin, vous non plus.
You’re not going to the store either.
them too (masculine)

them either (masculine)
eux aussi

eux non plus
Ils vont au magasin, eux aussi.
They’re also going to the store.

Ils ne vont pas au magasin, eux non plus.
They’re not going to the store either.
them too (feminine)

them either (feminine)
elles aussi

elles non plus
Elles vont au magasin, elles aussi.
They’re also going to the store.

Elles ne vont pas au magasin, elles non plus.
They’re not going to the store either.

French Stress Pronouns – Disjunctive Pronouns Comprehensive Lesson

This is a complete lesson on how to use French disjunctive pronouns: MOI – TOI – LUI – ELLE – NOUS – VOUS – EUX – ELLES. In English these are: ME – YOU – HIM – HER – US – PLURAL YOU – THEM.

The first step is to watch my 13 minute video tutorial carefully and take notes. I’ve included a 7 page support guide so that you will have all of the examples used in the video written down for you. In the support guide document you will also find a link to a quizlet study set on French prepositions of location. These are often used with disjunctive pronouns.

You’ll then take an online quiz to practice what you’ve learned in the video tutorial. There are 50 questions with multiple choice answers.

Next, you’ll be able to download 50 cards to practice using French stress pronouns in three different ways. These cards closely resemble the online quiz, but they’re much more of a challenge since there are no multiple choice answers available. Also, the answer prompts aren’t always exactly they way you will have seen them in the multiple choice quiz. You can either practice with these cards online or print out a deck for those times when you don’t want to be stuck in front of your computer.

All of the cards have a question written on them. There are two blanks to fill in with your answers. One of the blanks requires a disjunctive pronoun, and the other requires you to change the verb conjugation to agree with the subject of the answer sentence. All of the cards are written in the present tense.

At last comes the real challenge and the true test to know when you’ve finally mastered French disjunctive pronouns. You’ll listen to an audio recording of me asking you the same 50 questions that you will have first seen in the multiple choice quiz, then you will have practiced using the challenge cards with answer prompts. This time you’ll write out your answers with no prompts at all on the student response sheet provided. Answer key is provided.

Verbs to be conjugated in present tense: être (10 cards), aller (14 cards), avoir (5 cards), faire (5 cards), regular -er verbs (12 cards), vouloir (1 card), partir (2 cards), prendre (1 card).

SAMPLE QUESTION:

Vous allez dîner chez nous demain?

RÉPONSE:

Oui, nous ___ dîner chez ___ demain.

Oui, nous allons dîner chez vous demain.

SAMPLE QUESTION:

C’est toi qui vas apporter le gâteau?

RÉPONSE:

Oui, c’est ___ qui ___ apporter le gâteau.

Oui, c’est moi qui vais apporter le gâteau.

SAMPLE QUESTION:

Tu ne vas pas à la piscine? Et Marc et Jules?

RÉPONSE:

___ non plus. Ils ne ___ pas à la piscine.

Eux non plus. Ils ne vont pas à la piscine.


Le Futur Simple – French Future Tense

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!

Common verbs that have irregular future stems

infinitivestemfuturetranslation
allerir-j’iraiI will go
avoiraur-j’auraiI will have
courircourr-je courraiI will run
devoirdevr-je devraiI will have to
envoyerenverr-j’enverraiI will send
êtreser-je seraiI will be
fairefer-je feraiI will do / I will make
falloirfaudr-il faudraIt will be necessary
mourirmourr-je mourraiI will die
obtenirobtiendr-j’obtiendraiI will obtain
pleuvoirpleuvr-il pleuvraIt will rain
pouvoirpourr-je pourraiI will be able to
recevoirrecevr-je recevraiI will receive
savoirsaur-je sauraiI will know
tenirtiendr-je tiendraiI will hold
venirviendr-je viendraiI will come
voirverr-je verraiI will see
vouloirvoudr-je voudraiI will want

FUTUR SIMPLE COURSE & PRACTICE RESOURCES

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.


Level A1 – 20 French Dictées

“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 spelling bees 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.


The following dictées are included in my money saving FRENCH PROGRAM FOR SELF-LEARNERS.


All of the included themes are also available for individual purchase:

French Listening Comprehension for Beginners

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).

This lesson is included in my BUNDLED FRENCH LESSONS.

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
  • Stressed pronouns
  • Articles: Definite, indefinite and partitives
  • Plural nouns
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Prepositions of location
  • Numbers
  • Time, days, months
  • French verb ALLER
  • French verb ÊTRE
  • French verb AVOIR + expressions
  • French verb FAIRE + expressions
  • French verb PRENDRE
  • French verb METTRE
  • Descriptive adjectives
  • Questions
  • Il faut / Il ne faut pas
  • Themed vocabulary

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.