Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic French conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning French“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

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Important verbs

EnglishFrenchPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) beêtre
(to) haveavoir
(to) do / (to) makene / faire
can / (to) know how topeut
(to) know (how)savoir (comment)
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withconnaître / être familié avec
(to) understandcomprendre
(to) speak / (to) talkparler / parler
(to) listen toécouter
(to) hearentendre
(to) seevoir
(to) feelsentir
(to) livevivre
(to) wantvouloir
(to) needbesoin
(to) likecomme
(to) loveamour
(to) givedonner
(to) takeprendre
(to) playjouer
(to) laughrire
(to) comevenir
(to) goaller
(to) go (by…)aller (par ...)
(to) writeécrire
(to) readlire
(to) countcompter
(to) pronounceprononcer
(to) spellépeler
(to) conjugateconjugué
(to) rememberse rappeler
(to) forgetoublier
(to) eatmanger
(to) tryessayer
(to) useutiliser
(to) openouvert
(to) closeprès
(to) greet / (to) welcomesaluer
(to) begincommencer
(to) endfin
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