Craindre means to fear, be afraid or be scared of. It is irregular, and you need to remember that the plural forms …
It’s the day to say “je t’aime”… or maybe to go out have fun with your friends or stay in with a good book by Simone de Beauvoir. Comme Une Française explains Valentine’s Day in France
When sad events happen, it is difficult to find the words to express our support or sympathy in French. It is never easy, even in our own language. How should we react? What can we say or do to help?
Avoir, meaning ‘to have’, is one of the most common French verbs, and it is irregular in most tenses. Here’s how to use it.
For anyone trying to learn French or hoping to communicate better in France, this page is the place to search our many useful French glossaries on a wide range of topics, from living in France to what to say at the hotel on…
These days, language learning apps for smartphones and tablets can be the easiest way to pick up a foreign language. Which are the best for learning French?
We asked our FrenchEntrée Forum members for their top tips on learning French. Most of them live in France and communicate in French every day, to varying degrees of expertise – and all of them have a personal story about their experience of learning French.
It’s rude to point our finger, so what to do in a situation where we need, or are determined to get, an item in a shop if we are not familiar with the French word for it? Here’s help from Comme une Française.
Learn French Welcome to our guide to learning French. Whether you’re living in France or just visiting, there are articles covering vital phrases to get you through your time there and glossaries of French technical terms. If you want to…
Quel is an adjective used in questions to mean ‘which’ or ‘that’. It has to agree with the noun that it precedes. This is how you use it.
The French verb boire is an irregular verb that is a little tricky to learn. It usually means to drink, but it can also mean to absorb or soak up.
As question words, que means what and qui means who, so it is easy to distinguish between them.
The French verb envoyer means ‘to send’. Here’s how to use it in the different tenses.
Phrases and vocabulary for the post office in France
The French verb voir is irregular in the present, perfect and future tenses and therefore needs careful study.
This article looks at ‘en’ as a preposition – in other words when it is followed by a noun.
The verb battre means ‘to hit’ or ‘to beat’ (in sport, at a game, or to beat eggs for example). Here’s how to use it in a sentence.
In French, when ‘en’ is used as a pronoun it means ‘some’ or ‘of it’ and can therefore replace a phrase beginning with ‘de’ (or ‘du’, or ‘des’). Here’s how to use it in a sentence.
The French verb mettre is a common but irregular verb meaning ‘to put’. Here’s how to use it in a sentence.
The pronoun ‘y’ is French for ‘there’, so it can replace any phrase that concerns a place. This is how to use it in a sentence.
The French verb dire is irregular, but not very difficult to learn. It is obviously a common verb and therefore important to learn.
The irregular French verb prendre means ‘to take’, including ‘to travel’ on particular forms of transport. It is also used for having meals.
How to use indirect object pronouns
Buying a house in France? Then here’s a glossary of useful phrases to make the process run as smoothly as possible!
The French verb connaître means ‘to know’ in the sense of being acquainted with a person or place. It is an irregular verb mostly used in the present tense.
Pronouns are words that we use to replace nouns, for example it, him, her, us, you them. This is how to use them in French.
The French verb falloir is an unusual verb as it exists in the third person singular only, with ‘il’, meaning it. The general meaning would be ‘it is necessary’, but sometimes we can translate it as ‘we must’. It is an irregular verb.
The preposition ‘à’ can mean ‘to’, ‘at’ or ‘in’ a place, town or country. This is how to use it.
Although the French verb passer is regular, it has many different meanings.
Using the preposition ‘de’: the French word de is a preposition with several meanings: ‘of’, ‘from’, ‘about’, or ‘some’.
Devoir is another irregular verb, and it is unusual because it can mean to owe, or it can mean have to, must, ought to and should.
French language tips: the three tricks you need to remember to form a question.
Savoir is a very useful but irregular verb. It is important to distinguish between savoir and connaître: savoir means to know a fact, or to know how to do …
Vouloir, ‘to want’, is very common verb, and another irregular one. Read on to find out its use in the present, perfect, future and present subjunctive tenses.
The French verb pouvoir means ‘can’, or ‘to be able to’ – another very common verb and yes, you’ve guessed it, it is irregular. Here’s how to use it.
Most cities and large towns in the UK offer part-time classes in French at adult education centres. Here’s how to find a course near you.
The French verb venir is common but irregular, so needs to be learned thoroughly.
Aller is a common but irregular French verb. We will look at its use in some of the different tenses here.
How to get a killer haircut in France!
French glossary: some must-know phrases in the case of an emergency
Learning the language is an essential step for anyone moving permanently to France. Sarah Weston tells us about her French language lessons which resulted in her father getting expelled!
Taking immersive language courses in France is a great way to learn French, whatever your starting level
Être is a very common and, unfortunately, very irregular French verb, that is worth learning thoroughly. Here are its most common uses.
Learning French can be a daunting process, whether at the outset or whether you have been learning for years, and one major challenge is acquiring the vocabulary and increasing your vocabulary. Here are some excellent tips to help you to retain what you have learnt.
When it comes to proverbs, a word-for-word translation from English to French won’t always work. Here’s how to avoid any embarrassing confusion!
Over the first few weeks of our children’s being thrown into the deep end of French primary schooling, we found some of the following to be important! Our six year old was put into nursery (maternelle), when she had already been to English Reception class, and she spoke not a word for a full eight weeks…