Basics 2 – Lesson 2


J’– I (contracted, loses the vowel when in front of a vowel, for smoother speech)
aime – like (love)
écris – write
livre – book
robes – dresses
lettre – letter
rouges – red (plural)

Purpose of Module

To continue to teach plurals of adjectives, and to introduce the verbs “to like/love” which is “aimer”, and “to write”, which is “écrire”.

The verb “to like”, “aimer” is conjugated as follows:

J’aime – I like
tu aimes – You like (familiar)
il/elle aime – He/She likes
nous aimons – We like
vous aimez – You like (plural)
ils/elles aiment – They like

The verb “to write”, “écrire” is conjugated as follows:

j’écris – I write
tu écris – You write (familiar)
il/elle écrit – He/She likes
nous écrivons – We like
vous écrivez – You like (plural)
ils/ells écrivent – They like


La pomme et le livre sont rouges – The apple and the book are red
Les robes et la pomme sont rouges – The dresses and the apple are red
Les robes sont rouges – The dresses are red
J’aime les robes – I like the dresses
La lettre est rouge – The letter is red
J’écris une lettre – I write a letter/I am writing a letter
J’écris un livre – I write a book/I am writing a book
Le livre est noir – The book is black


“j’aime” sounds like “jem”
Remember that plurals will not sound plural, so look at the verb. Another way to spot plurals is to know that the plural of “la” and “le” is “les” regardless. If you hear “lay robe”, it must be “les robes” because the singular is “la robe”, which sounds like “lah robe”.


5 thoughts on “Basics 2 – Lesson 2

  1. AndyN March 1, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Hi there. Love your site. Perfect for a Duolingo, Anki junkie like myself.
    Idly browsing and noticed:

    Les robes sont rouge

    surely Les robes sont rouges

    So much content here, an easy one to miss.

    • Toussaint March 1, 2015 / 3:29 pm

      Thanks, corrected the mistake. Ah, those early lessons were brutal. Enjoy the site.

      • AndyN March 1, 2015 / 6:23 pm

        Thanks Toussaint. Unrelated, I just discovered tonight that Duolingo are updating their French course with new content. More info here:

      • Toussaint March 2, 2015 / 10:14 am

        Very interesting….I’m glad to see it continue to evolve. I’m working through German right now, and thought about laying out a blog like this for that language, but I took German in College, so it’s just not as difficult as French was.

      • AndyN March 3, 2015 / 12:28 pm

        Well, thank you again for all your work here, and I wish you best luck for whatever you choose to do next.

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