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Common French Verbs

French is frequently referred to as the language of love. But it’s also one of the most spoken languages, and is spoken on every continent. It is useful in travel, cuisine and fashion, and also in a competitive international job market.

Once you have decided to learn French , you’ll want to take on learning French verbs. French can be a somewhat tricky language when you conjugate verbs as they have to agree in both gender and number. As a general rule, French verbs are divided into three conjugation groups ending in -er, -ir, and -re. Here are a handful of common French verbs which fit that rule.

  • vouloir = to want
  • aller = to go
  • voir = to see
  • parler = to speak
  • faire = to do

As with many languages, there are also irregular verbs which don’t fit into any of these categories. However, best practice in any language is to begin learning the regular verbs first.

Learning French Verb Conjugation

The best way to practice French grammar is by learning how to conjugate verbs and get subject agreement in the context of actual French conversations. It’s a critical step to understand the language. Once you break down the rules, it will be more manageable.

You don’t have to tackle everything at once. The easiest approach is to start with regular verbs in the present tense. Then move on to the few irregular verbs in the present tense. Finally, you’ll want to tackle verbs in the past and future tenses. Rosetta Stone structures lessons in small increments, so you can learn a language one bite at a time. This allows you to practice previous vocabulary and grammar extensively before moving on to new concepts. Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just vocabulary and conjugation rules. This method is effective because we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. It’s more than just the features, it’s what you’re able to do because of them. This helps you get ready to handle any situation in stride.

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