In this French Verbs Conjugation For Beginners, you are going to learn the first most important 6 verbs that enable you to respond well to greeting, introduce someone, talk about where you live, and your likes and dislikes.
Without further ado, let’s find out,
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The 6 French Verbs Conjugation For Beginners
The six verbs you are supposed to learn to make your greeting and basic exchanges easier in French are the following:
- Aller = to go
- S’appeler = to call oneself
- Avoir = To have
- Etre = To be
- Aimer = To like
- Habiter = To Live
Let’s work on the verbs 1 by 1
Verbe Aller Au Présent Simple = To Go In The Simple Present Tense
Je vais >>> as an answer to “comment allez-vous?= how are you doing?”
Tu vas? >>> Comment tu vas? = How are you doing / going? (informal)
Il ou elle va >>>
Ils où elles vont
Note: We use the verb ALLER = to go which is a semi-auxiliary, to say how we are doing in fine. “je vais bien” means I am doing well.
S’Appeler Au Présent Simple = To Call Oneself In The Simple Present Tense
Je m’appelle = My name is …
Tu t’appelles >>>>> EX: Q: Tu t’appelles comment? B: Je m’appelle Reena, et toi?
Il ou elle s’appelle >>> elle s’appelle Reena = Her name is Reena
Nous nous appelons >>> Our name is “Gospel Winner” >> a group that bears a particular name for instance.
Vous vous appelez >>>>> EX: Q: Vous vous appelez comment? A: Je m’appelle Issiak, et vous?
Ils / elles s’appellent = their name is …..
Takeaways: The most important thing here is to know that S’APPELER is a pronominal verb. We do not translate by I CALL MYSELF buy MY NAME IS.
Avoir Au Présent Simple = To Have In The Simple Present Tense
J’ai = I have >>> J’ai 10 ans = I am 10 years old / J’ai faim = I am hungry
Tu as = You have >>>>> Tu as quel âge? = How old are you?
Il / elle a = He / she has >>>> Elle a quel âge? = How old is she?
Nous avons = We have >>> Nous avons 20 ans = We are twenty years old.
Vous avez = You have (formal / plenty people)>>>> Vous avez quel âge? = How old are you
Ils ont = They have >>> Ils ont 20 ans = They are 20 years old.
Takeaways: We use to have to say our age. We also use it to say that we are hungry.
Etre Au Présent Simple = To Be In The Simple Present Tense
Je suis = I am >>> Je suis comptable = I am an accountant
Tu es = You are >> Tu es de quel pays? = Which country are you from?
Il / elle est = He / she is >>> Elle est géologue = She is a geologist
Nous sommes = we are >> Nous sommes béninois = We are benineses.
Vous êtes = You are ( Formal) >> Vous êtes Nigérian? = Are you a Nigerian?
Ils / elles sont = They are >>> They are Administrators = Ils sont des administrateurs.
Takeaways: We use ETRE to say our profession and nationality without using the A article.
Habiter Au Présent Simple = To Live In The Simple Present Tense
J’habite = I live >>J’habite en France = I live in France
Tu habites = You live >>> Tu habites où? (informal)= Where do you live?
il ou elle habite = He / she lives >>> He lives in Quebec = Il habite à Quebec
nous habitons = We live >>> Nous habitons à Lagos= We live in Lagos
vous habitez? = You live (formal) >> Vous habitez où? = Where do you live?
ils ou elles habitent = They live >> Where do they live? = Ils habitent où?
Takeaways: When you are saying where you live in French the major issue you may encounter is places prepositions.
Aimer Au Présent Simple = To Like In The Simple Present Tense
J’aime = I like >> J’aime travailler dur = I like working hard
Tu aimes = You like >> Tu n’aimes pas le riz = You don’t like rice?
Il ou elle aime = He / she likes >>> Elle aime travailler dur.
Nous aimons = we like >>> We like food = J’aime la nourriture.
Vous aimez = You like (formal) >> Vous aimez les plats africains? = Do you like African dishes?
Ils ou elles aiment = They like >>> They like our dance styles = Ils aiment nos styles de danse
Takeaways: We use AIMER to say our likes and dislikes.
Now that you have gone through the 6 French verbs conjugation for beginners, all you have to do is to start practicing them to improve your speaking abilities.