Today and next week, I want to share with you the 10 most popular French verbs, in other words, crucial verbs for you to know absolutely by heart!
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5 Most Popular French Verbs (part 1)
But for now, let’s have a look at the 5 most popular French verbs, and next week in part 2, I’ll give you the other 5! Just to warn you, these first 5 verbs are all irregular which means they’re not as easy to learn because they’re not regular. But, it’s really important for you to learn them! So to help you, I will conjugate each verb in the present tense and make a purposely very simple short sentence to accompany every single subject! Just so you know, the sentences are a lot deeper in the 600 WORDS French language course, I’m keeping it extra simple HERE in THIS video you’re watching to focus on the conjugation of verbs while producing a short enough and quickly digestible video. Are you ready? Or should I say… vous êtes prêt?
The top one is of course être = to be. It’s used in French as much as it’s used in English. All the time. You will notice, it is irregular.
I AM happy = JE SUIS contente
YOU ARE handsome = TU ES beau (that’s the casual you)
SHE IS late = ELLE EST en retard
HE IS lost = IL EST perdu
WE ARE the best group = NOUS SOMMES le meilleur groupe
YOU ARE on the picture = VOUS ÊTES sur la photo (that’s the formal you, or you all)
THEY ARE too impatient = ELLES / ILS SONT trop impatientes
The second most used French verb is avoir = to have. Also irregular.
I HAVE two dogs = J’AI deux chiens
YOU HAVE a big car = TU AS une grosse voiture (that’s the casual you)
SHE HAS a lot of money = ELLE A beaucoup d’argent
HE HAS a headache = IL A mal à la tête
WE HAVE a few questions = NOUS AVONS quelques questions
YOU HAVE everything = VOUS AVEZ tout (that’s the formal you, or you all)
THEY HAVE a marvelous family = ELLES ONT une merveilleuse famille (that’s if you’re talking about women) and Ils ont une merveilleuse famille (if you’re talking about men or a mixed group)
The third most used French verb is aller = to go
I’M GOING on vacation tomorrow = JE VAIS en vacances demain
ARE YOU GOING to the theater with him? = TU VAS au cinéma avec lui? (that’s the casual you)
SHE IS GOING to the United States = ELLE VA aux États-Unis
HE IS GOING to the café with his wife = IL VA au café avec sa femme
WE GO to the concert together = NOUS ALLONS au concert ensemble
YOU GO to France once a year = VOUS ALLEZ en France une fois par an (that’s the formal you, or you all)
THEY’RE GOING to the market = ELLES / ILS VONT au marché
The fourth most used French verb is pouvoir = can or be able to or be allowed to
CAN I tell you something? = JE PEUX te dire quelque chose?
YOU CAN speak English = TU PEUX parler Français (that’s the casual you)
SHE CAN leave now = ELLE PEUT partir maintenant
HE CAN hear our conversation = IL PEUT entendre notre conversation
WE CAN be heroes = NOUS POUVONS être des héros
YOU CAN call tonight = VOUS POUVEZ m’appeler ce soir (that’s the formal you, or you all)
THEY CAN dance all night long = ELLES / ILS PEUVENT danser toute la nuit
The fifth most used French verb is vouloir = to want and good news, it’s conjugated just like pouvoir! One nice thing about the irregular verbs is that you will find a lot of recurring patterns throughout them all.
I WANT everything = JE VEUX tout
YOU WANT to invite me = TU VEUX m’inviter (that’s the casual you)
SHE WANTS her coffee now = ELLE VEUT son café maintenant
HE WANTS to speak French = IL VEUT parler Français
WE WANT to come with you = NOUS VOULONS venir avec vous
YOU WANT a big picnic = VOUS VOULEZ un gros pique-nique (that’s the formal you, or you all)
THEY WANT a house in the countryside = ELLES / ILS VEULENT une maison à la campagne
Have you noticed the similarity between the conjugated versions of pouvoir – can – and vouloir – to want? That’s one of the nice things about the French irregular verbs, yes they take a little longer to remember than regular verbs, but if you pay attention, there are lots of little tricks to help your memory!
And stay tuned because next week, I will share with you the other 5 verbs so you’ll have your full, and very useful, list of the 10 most commonly used verbs in French.
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