List of common and useful verbs in French

Learn 100 common and useful verbs in French

When you learn a new language, in this case French, verbs are essential to learn because they will allow you to express what you do, what you think, what you like or dislike.

They are important to create sentences and express yourself orally in your daily life. Once you learn the pronouns and some verbs, you will already be able to express things with small sentences, for example:

Je comprends – I understand
Je dors – I sleep
Je mange – I eat
Je lis – I read
Elle court – She runs
Il parle – He talks
Vous partez – You go
Ils reviennent – They come back

As you can see, with just a pronoun and a verb you can already make sentences.

To progress quickly and save time in your learning, it is important to focus on the most frequent and useful verbs in French.

Below, you can find audio files to learn 100 useful and common verbs in French, a video, and a list in alphabetic order that you can print so you can practive at anytime, anywhere.

French Pronunciation English
acheter
to buy
agir
to act
aimer
to like/to love
ajouter
to add
aller
to go
apercevoir
to see/to spot
apprendre
to learn
arriver
to arrive
avoir
to have
boire
to drink
cacher
to hide
changer
to change
chanter
to sing
chercher
to look for
comprendre
to understand
compter
to count
conduire
to drive
connaitre
 to know
continuer
to continue
courir
to run
crier
to shout
croire
to believe
défaire
to undo
demander
to ask
descendre
to come down
devenir
to become
dire
to say/to tell
donner
to give
dormir
to sleep
écouter
to listen to
entendre
to hear
envoyer
to send
essayer
to try
être
to be
étudier
to study
exister
to exist
faire
to do
faire du shopping
to go shopping (for leisure)
faire les courses
to go shopping (for groceries)
finir
 to finish
frapper
to hit
garder
 to keep
jeter
to throw
jouer
to play
lire
to read
manger
to eat
mettre
to put/to place
obtenir
to get
occuper
to occupy
offrir
to offer
oublier
to forget
parler
to speak
passer
to pass
payer
to pay
penser
to think
peser
to weigh
pleurer
to cry
poser
to put
pousser
to push
pouvoir
to be able to
prendre
to take
présenter
to present
quitter
to leave
rappeler
to call back
recevoir
to receive
reconnaitre
to recognize
redire
to repeat/to say again
refaire
to redo
regarder
to look
remettre
to put back
rencontrer
to meet
rendre
to return
répéter
to repeat
répondre
to answer
rester
to stay
retourner
to return
retrouver
to find
revenir
to come back
rire
to laugh
saigner
to bleed
saisir
to cease
sauver
 to save 
savoir 
to know
se sentir   
to feel/ to feel something
secourir 
to rescue
sembler
to seem
sentir
to feel/to smell
servir
to serve
suivre
to follow
tirer
to pull, to shoot
tourner
to turn
travailler
to work
trouver
to find
tuer
to kill
vendre
to sell
venir
to come
vivre
to live
voir
to see
voler
to steal/ to fly
vomir
to vomit
vouloir
to want

 

I hope this list of verbs was useful for you, you can also watch it in video if you prefer. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

List of common and useful verbs in French in alphabetic order: [download pdf version]

  • acheter – to buy
  • agir- to act
  • aimer – to like/to love
  • ajouter – to add
  • aller – to go
  • apercevoir – to see/to spot
  • apprendre – to learn
  • arriver – to arrive
  • avoir – to have
  • boire – to drink
  • cacher – to hide
  • changer – to change
  • chanter – to sing
  • chercher – to look for
  • comprendre – to understand
  • compter – to count
  • conduire – to drive
  • connaitre – to know
  • continuer – to continue
  • courir – to run
  • crier – to shout
  • croire – to believe
  • défaire – to undo
  • demander – to ask
  • descendre – to come down
  • devenir – to become
  • dire – to say/to tell
  • donner – to give
  • dormir – to sleep
  • écouter – to listen to
  • entendre – to hear
  • envoyer -to send
  • essayer – to try
  • être – to be
  • étudier – to study
  • exister – to exist
  • faire – to do
  • faire du shopping – to go shopping (for leisure)
  • faire les courses – to go shopping (for groceries)
  • finir – to finish
  • frapper – to hit
  • garder – to keep
  • jeter – to throw
  • jouer – to play
  • lire – to read
  • manger – to eat
  • mettre – to put/to place
  • obtenir – to get
  • occuper – to occupy
  • offrir – to offer
  • oublier – to forget
  • parler – to speak
  • passer – to pass
  • payer- to pay
  • penser – to think
  • peser – to weigh
  • pleurer – to cry
  • poser – to put
  • pousser – to push
  • pouvoir – to be able to
  • prendre – to take
  • présenter – to present
  • quitter – to leave
  • rappeler – to call back
  • recevoir – to receive
  • reconnaitre – to recognize
  • redire – to repeat/to say again
  • refaire – to redo
  • regarder – to look
  • remettre – to put back
  • rencontrer – to meet
  • rendre – to return
  • répéter – to repeat
  • répondre – to answer
  • rester – to stay
  • retourner – to return
  • retrouver – to find
  • revenir – to come back
  • rire – to laugh
  • saigner – to bleed
  • saisir – to cease
  • sauver – to save
  • savoir – to know
  • se sentir – to feel/ to feel something
  • secourir – to rescue
  • sembler – to seem
  • sentir – to feel/to smell
  • servir – to serve
  • suivre – to follow
  • tirer – to pull, to shoot
  • tourner – to turn
  • travailler – to work
  • trouver – to find
  • tuer – to kill
  • vendre- to sell
  • venir – to come
  • vivre – to live
  • voir – to see
  • voler – to steal/ to fly
  • vomir – to vomit
  • vouloir – to want

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