How to conjugate a French verb / conjuguer un verbe - French beginner (Fle A1)

Publié le 5 Octobre 2008

First of all, revise this;

Je = I

Tu = you (informal "you", used with friends, family or young people)

Il = he

Elle = she

Nous = we

Vous = you (formal "you", with people you don't know or when you want to show respect. Also when you're speaking to a group)

Ils = they (a group of men only or a mixed group)

Elles = they (a group of girls only!)

Note; there isn't any difference in pronounciation between "il" and "ils" or "elle" and "elles". The context of the conversation makes the difference obvious.


Ecoutez ! Listen ;


Observez ! Observe ! 

parler (to speak)

Je parle

Tu parles

Il parle

Elle parle

Nous parlons

Vous parlez

Ils parlent

Elles parlent


Ecoutez ! Listen;


Ok, so what do you notice here? 

You have the infinitive verb, parler (to speak). "Infinitive" means the word you'll find in the dictionary.

You want to conjugate it, meaning to use it in conversation (I speak, you speak...). In English, you conjugate as well; I speak, he speaks, she speaks, they speak... So "speak" changes according to whom you're talking about. Same in French.

Of "parler", take out the "er" bit, which is like "to" in "to speak". So, you are left with "parl". Add, what is in red in the example.


Here are some other regular verbs (regular means that they follow the pattern we've just studied. Some verbs are a bit strange and you'll have to memorize them. We call them "irregular verbs"). A good news; 90% of French verbs are regular!


Aimer = to like or to love


Arriver = to arrive

Demander = to ask


Entrer = to enter / come in


Chercher = to search / to look for



 Regarder = to look



 Donner = to give


Rester = to stay



Rédigé par frenchteacher


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