Present Tense

French Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in French. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. 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.

Present Tense in French

Present French Audio
I see youJe vous vois
I write with a penJ'écris avec un stylo
You love applesvous adorez les pommes
You give moneyVous donnez de l'argent
You play tennisVous jouez au tennis
He reads a bookIl lit un livre
He understands meIl me comprend
She has a catElle a un chat
She knows my friendElle connaît mon ami(e)
We want to learnNous voulons apprendre
We think Spanish is easyNous trouvons l'espagnol facile
You (plural) work hereVous travaillez ici
You (plural) speak FrenchVous parlez français
They drive a carIls conduisent une voiture
They smileIls sourissent


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in French

DangerLe danger
DoctorLe médecin
Headachemal de tête
Heart attackLa crise cardiaque
Help meaidez-moi
PharmacyLa pharmacie
PoisonLe poison
PoliceLa police
Stomach achemal de ventre
StrokeL'accident vasculaire cérébral


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Daily Conversation in French

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our French Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in French

Are you okay?Ça va?
Call a doctor!Appelez un médecin!
Call the ambulance!appelez l'ambulance!
Call the police!Appelez la police !
Calm down!Calmez-vous!
I feel sickJe me sens malade
It hurts hereÇa fait mal ici
It's urgent!C'est urgent!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Où se trouve la pharmacie la plus proche ?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Vous êtes belle!
You have a beautiful nameVous avez un joli prénom
This is my wifeVoici ma femme
This is my husbandVoici mon mari

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in French about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.

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