French Lesson 12 (Verbs and Time)

Duration: 30 mins

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This is the 12th lesson about French verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at French Classes.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). The table contains 3 columns (English, French, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Verbs List in French

Verbs French Audio
To driveConduire
To findTrouver
To giveDonner
To haveAvoir
To knowSavoir / Connaître
To learnApprendre
To loveAimer / adorer
To playJouer
To readLire
To seeVoir
To smileSourire
To speakParler
To thinkPenser
To understandComprendre
To workTravailler
To writeÉcrire

Here is an example of the verb "to understand" conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb "to understand" in a Sentence

He understands meIl me comprend
He understood meIl m'a compris
He will understand meIl me comprendra


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in French

Time French Audio
DaysLes jours
SpringLe printemps
SeasonsLes saisons
MonthsLes mois
TimeLe temps
MinuteLa minute
SecondLa seconde


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Daily Conversation in French

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our French Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in French

English French Audio
I was born in JulyJe suis né(e) en juillet
I will visit you in AugustJe viendrai te voir au mois d'août
See you tomorrow!A demain!
Today is MondayAujourd'hui c'est lundi
Winter is very cold hereL'hiver ici est très froid
Yesterday was SundayHier c'était dimanche
Are you married?Vous êtes marié(e)?
I'm singleJe suis célibataire
Would you marry me?Vous voulez me marier?
Can I have your phone number?Je peux avoir votre numéro de téléphone?
Can I have your email?Je peux avoir votre email?

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in French about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.

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