Cooking Verb List

Another list (below) that focuses on the verbs of cooking…

ajouter to add to
allumer to light
apprendre la cuisine to learn to cook
battre to whip up
battre au fouet to whisk
bouillir to boil
charger to load
coucher to layer
couper to cut
cuire to cook slowly
cuisiner to cook
découper to carve up
diviser to divide up
égoutter to drain
émietter to crumble
émincer to mince
épaissir to thicken
éparpiller to spread
épépiner to remove seeds, stones
éponger to sponge
étaler to show, display
faire cuire au four to bake
faire cuire sur le gril to cook on the grill
faire dorer to brown
faire frire to deep fry
faire revenir to shallow fry
faire sauter to sauté
farcir to stuff [something]
flamber to flambé
griller to broil
griller to grill
griller du pain to toast
hacher to chop [to mince]
incorporer to whip in
mettre to put
noircir to blacken
pocher to poach
pulper to mash
remplir to fill
rôtir to roast
saupoudrer to sprinkle on top
secouer to shake
séparer to divide
servir to serve
servir à la louche to ladle up
servir avec une cuiller to spoon [spoon out]
servir avec une fourchette to fork [fork out]
tourner to stir
trancher to slice
verser to pour

Over 750 Verbs – Flashcard Project

One of the first verb lists I came upon, was a two-sided PDF with 681 verbs. Each side contained all of the verbs, but one side had the French alphabetized and the opposite side had the English alphabetized. I have used it quite often, and so have others. According to the website, it has been downloaded over two million times. You can find the page here:

The PDF that I am working with today, is found here:

I want to take those 681 verbs out of the PDF format, and place them into an Excel spreadsheet page, so that I can turn them into digital study cards. The first step of separating the data, and placing it in an alphabetized order that can be copied and pasted into Excel took around 45 minutes. Let me save you the time (a single column list is found below).

I then added my pronunciation list, and deleted duplicates. Since you’ve read my posts on data manipulation before, you know what to do from there.

I’ve covered how to export your new excel file to Anki here:

We’ll then use the “Awesome TTS” add-on for Anki, to import MP3 files to read the back of the Anki card when it appears.

Note: You may want to take the contents of the A column and create two other columns, the the French verb and pronunciation in column B, and the English in column C. To do this you should copy and paste the list below, into cell A1 of your Excel spreadsheet and then:.

In cell B1, the formula: =MID(A1,FIND(” – “,A1)+2,LEN(A1))

In cell C1, the formula: =LEFT(A1,FIND(” – “,A1,1)-1)

You then highlight cells B1 and C1 and the rows that are found below them, then choose “Fill”, “Down”, and the formulas will sequentially fill in the rows and divide up your column A as needed.

abaisser  (a-bas-say) – to lower
abandonner  (a-ban-don-ay) – to abandon/desert
abasourdir  (a-ba-sohr-deer) – to daze – bewilder
abattre  (ah-ba-tra) – to cut down/pull down
abolir  (a-boh-leer) – to abolish
absoudre  (ab-soh-dra) – to absolve
abstenir  (ab-sta-neer) – to abstain
accepter  (ak-sayp-ta) – to accept
acclamer  (ak-cla-may) – to cheer – acclaim
accompagner  (a-com-pan-ay) – to go with/accompany
accomplir  (ah-cohm-pleer) – to accomplish/achieve/carry-out
accorder  (ah-cor-day) – to grant
accourir  (ak-coo-reer) – to hurry
accrocher  (ak-cro-shay) – to hang up
accueillir  (ak-coo-eehr) – to welcome
accuser  (ah-coo-say) – to accuse
acheter  (ash-tay) – to buy
achever  (ash-a-vay) – to complete
acquérir  (ah-ke-eehr) – to acquire
adjoindre  (ad-jwan-dra) – to appoint
admettre  (ad-met-tra) – to admit
admirer  (ad-mee-ray) – to admire
adorer  (ah-doh-ray) – to adore
adresser  (ah-dress-ay) – to address/send
advenir  (ad-vee-neer) – to happen
affaiblir  (a-fah-bleer) – to weaken
affirmer  (ah-fehr-may) – to claim/assert
agacer  (ah-gah-say) – to annoy/irritate
agir  (a-jeer) – to act
agiter  (a-gee-tay) – to agitate
aider  (ay-day) – to help
aimer  (aa-mee) – to like/love
ajouter  (a-joo-tay) – to add
aller  (ah-lee) – to go
allonger  (a-lohn-jay) – to lengthen
allumer  (ahl-may) – to light
aménager  (ah-may-na-jay) – to fit
amener  (ahm-nay) – to bring
amuser  (ah-moo-say) – to entertain/amuse
animer  (ann-ee-may) – to animate
annoncer  (ah-non-say) – to announce
apercevoir  (a-per-sev-wah) – to see
apparaître  (ah-pah-reh-tra) – to appear
appartenir  (ah-pah-ta-neer) – to belong to
appeler  (ah-pel-ay) – to call
apporter  (a-por-tay) – to bring
apprendre  (ah-prahn-dra) – to learn
approcher  (ah-pro-shay) – to approach/come close
approuver  (ah-pru-vay) – to approve of
appuyer  (ah-pwee-yay) – to press/push
armer  (ahr-may) – to arm
arracher  (ah-rah-shay) – to tear/tear out
arraisonner  (ah-ray-soh-nay) – to hail
arranger  (ah-rahn-jay) – to arrange
arrêter  (a-ray-tay) – to stop
arriver  (ah-ree-vay) – to arrive
assaillir  (ah-say-ehr) – to assail
asseoir  (ass-wah) – to sit
assister  (ah-sees-tay) – to assist
assurer  (ass-u-ray) – to ensure/assure
astreindre  (ah-stran-dra) – to compel
attacher  (a-ta-shay) – to attach
attaquer  (ah-tak-ay) – to attack
atteindre  (ah-tan-dra) – to reach
attendre  (ah-tahn-dra) – to wait
attirer  (a-teer-ay) – to attract
attraper  (ah-tra-pay) – to catch
augmenter  (oog-man-tay) – to increase
avancer  (ah-vohn-say) – to move forward
aventurer  (ah-vahn-tu-ray) – to venture
avoir  (av-wah) – to have
avoir besoin  (av-wah-bes-wahn) – to need
avoir raison  (av-wah-ray-sohn) – to be right
avouer  (ah-voo-ay) – to confess to
baisser  (bay-say) – to lower
balancer  (ba-lahn-say) – to sway
balayer  (ba-lah-yay) – to sweep
bâtir  (ba-teer) – to build
battre  (bah-tra) – to beat
bavarder  (bah-vahr-day) – to chat
bêler  (be-lay) – to whine – like a sheep
bénir  (bay-neer) – to bless
blaguer  (blah-gay) – to joke
blâmer  (bla-may) – to blame
blanchir  (blon-sheer) – to bleach
blesser  (bleh-say) – to hurt – offend
boire  (bwah) – to drink
bouger  (boo-jay) – to move
bouillir  (boo-yeer) – to boil
briller  (bril-lay) – to shine
briser  (bree-zay) – to break
brosser  (bro-say) – to brush
broyer  (bro-yay) – to grind
brûler  (bru-lay) – to burn
cacher  (cah-shay) – to hide
calmer  (cal-may) – to calm down/ease
casser  (cas-say) – to break
causer  (co-say) – to cause
céder  (say-day) – to give up
ceindre  (sahn-dra) – to put on
célébrer  (say-lay-bray) – to celebrate
cesser  (say-say) – to stop
changer  (shan-jay) – to change
chanter  (shan-tay) – to sing
charger  (shahr-jay) – to load
chasser  (sha-say) – to hunt
cheminer  (sha-me-nay) – to walk on
chercher  (share-shay) – to search
chérir  (shay-reer) – to cherish
choisir  (swah-zeer) – to choose
chuchoter  (shoo-sho-tay) – to whisper
circoncire  (ser-cohn-seer) – to circumcise
circonscrire  (ser-cohn-skreer) – to contain
circonvenir  (ser-cohn-vee-neer) – to circumvent
coeur  (kehr) – to memorize
coller  (coh-lay) – to stick
combattre  (kom-ba-tra) – to combat
commander  (co-mahn-day) – to command/order
commencer  (coh-mehn-say) – to start
commettre  (co-meh-tra) – to commit
comparaître  (com-pa-re-tra) – to appear
comparer  (com-pa-ray) – to compare
compléter  (com-play-tay) – to complete
composer  (coh-poh-say) – to compose/make up
comprendre  (coh-prahnd) – to understand
compter  (coh-tay) – to count
concevoir  (cohn-sa-vwa) – to conceive
conclure  (cohn-clure) – to conclude
concourir  (con-coo-reer) – to compete
condamner  (co-dam-nay) – to condemn
conduire  (con-du-eer) – to drive
confier  (con-fee-yeah) – to entrust
confire  (cohn-fee) – to preserve
confondre  (con-fohn-dra) – to confuse
conjoindre  (con-jwan-dra) – to unite
connaître  (coh-net) – to know
conquérir  (con-kah-ree) – to conquer
conseiller  (con-sa-yee) – to recommend
consentir  (cohn-san-teer) – to consent
considérer  (co-seed-ahr-ay) – to consider
consommer  (con-sohm-may) – to consume
construire  (con-stru-eer) – to construct
consulter  (con-suhl-tay) – to consult
contenir  (cohn-ta-neer) – to contain
contenter  (cohn-tahn-tay) – to please/satisfy
conter  (con-tay) – to recount
continuer  (con-tee-nu-ay) – to continue
contraindre  (con-trahn-dra) – to compel
contredire  (con-tra-deer) – to contradict
contrevenir  (con-tra-ve-neer) – to contravene
contrôler  (con-troh-lay) – to control
contruire  (cohn-stroo-eer) – to build
convaincre  (con-vahn-cra) – to convince
convenir  (cohv-neer) – to agree
correspondre  (cor-ras-pon-dra) – to correspond
corriger  (cor-ee-jay) – to correct
corrompre  (cor-rum-pra) – to corrupt
coucher  (coo-chay) – to lay down/put to bed
coudre  (coo-dra) – to sew
couler  (coo-lay) – to flow/run
couper  (coo-pay) – to cut
courir  (coo-reer) – to run
courvrir  ( coor-vreer) – to cover
coûter  (coo-tay) – to cost
couvrir  (coov-reer) – to cover
craindre  (crah-dra) – to fear
créer  (cray) – to create
creuser  (cru-say) – to dig
crier  (cree-ay) – to shout
croire  (cro-eer) – to believe
croire  (crwah) – to believe
cueillir  (cue-yeer) – to gather
cuire  (coo-eer) – to cook
culpabiliser  (cool-pa-blee-say) – to make one feel guilty
danser  (dan-say) – to dance
débattre  (day-bah-tra) – to debate
décevoir  (day-se-vwa) – to disappoint
déchirer  (day-she-ray) – to tear up/rip
décider  (day-see-day) – to decide
déclarer  (day-clar-ay) – to declare
déclore  (day-clor) – to reopen
déconfire  (day-con-feer) – to be beaten
découdre  (day-coo-dra) – to unpick
décourager  (day-coo-ra-jay) – to discourage
découvrir  (day-coov-ray) – to discover
décrire  (day-creer) – to describe
dédire  (day-deer) – to retract
déduire  (day-do-eer) – to deduce
défaillir  (day-fah-eer) – to faint
défaire  (day-fare) – to undo
défendre  (day-fond) – to defend/forbid
défricher  (day-free-shay) – to lay groundwork
dégager  (day-gah-jay) – to free
déjeuner  (day-joor-nay) – to have lunch
demander  (dah-mohn-day) – to ask
déménager  (day-may-na-jay) – to move
demeurer  (doo-mer-ay) – to remain
démolir  (day-mo-leer) – to demolish
dénoncer  (day-non-say) – to denounce
départir  (day-pahr-teer) – to accord
dépasser  (day-pah-say) – to pass/overtake/exceed
dépêcher  (day-pa-shay) – to hurry
dépeindre  (day-pahn-dra) – to depict
dépendre  (day-pan-dra) – to depend
dépenser  (day-pan-say) – to spend
déplaire  (day-pla-eer) – to displease
déposer  (day-po-say) – to put down/set down
déranger  (day-rahn-jay) – to disturb
descendre  (day-sahn-dra) – to descend/go down
désirer  (day-su-ray) – to desire
désobéir  (day-soh-bay-eer) – to disobey
dessiner  (day-see-nay) – to draw
déteindre  (day-than-dra) – to bleach
détenir  (day-ta-neer) – to hold
détester  (day-tas-tay) – to hate
détourner  (day-toor-nay) – to divert
détruire  (day-troo-eer) – to destroy
développer  (day-va-loh-pay) – to develop
devenir  (doh-van-eer) – to become
dévêtir  (day-va-teer) – to undress
deviner  (doh-vah-nay) – to guess
devoir  (da-vwah) – to have to
différer  (dee-fay-ray) – to differ
diminuer  (dee-min-oo-ay) – to diminish
dîner  (dee-nay) – to have dinner
dire  (deer) – to say
diriger  (dee-ree-jay) – to direct/lead
discourir  (dees-coo-reer) – to discourse
discuter  (dis-coo-tay) – to discuss
disjoindre  (dee-swan-dra) – to disconnect
disparaître  (dees-pah-retra) – to disappear
disposer  (dees-po-say) – to arrange/make use of
dissoudre  (dee-soo-dra) – to dissolve
distinguer  (diss-tah-ay) – to distinguish
divorcer  (dee-vor-say) – to divorce
dominer  (doe-me-nay) – to dominate
donner  (doh-nay) – to give
dormir  (dor-meer) – to sleep
doubler  (doo-blay) – to pass
douter  (doo-tay) – to doubt
dresser  (dray-zay) – to put up/draw up
durer  (do-ray) – to last
échapper  (ay-shap-pay) – to escape
échouer  (ay-shoo-ay) – to fail
éclairer  (a-clay-ray) – to light/lighten up
éclater  (a-cla-tay) – to burst
éclore  (ay-clor) – to hatch
éconduire  (ay-con-du-eer) – to dismiss
écouter  (ah-coo-tay) – to listen
écraser  (ah-cra-say) – to crush/run over
écrire  (ah-creer) – to write
effacer  (ay-fah-say) – to delete
effrayer  (ay-fre-yay) – to frighten
égayer  (ay-gay-ay) – to entertain
élever  (el-e-vay) – to raise
élire  (ay-leer) – to elect
éloigner  (ay-la-whan-ay) – to move something away
embrasser  (ahm-brah-say) – to kiss
emmener  (ohm-nay) – to take
émoudre  (ay-moo-dra) – to sharpen
emparer  (ahm-pe-ray) – to impare
empêcher  (ahm-pay-shay) – to prevent
employer  (ahm-plo-yay) – to employ – use
emporter  (ahm-por-tay) – to take with one/take away
empreindre  (ahm-prahn-dra) – to imprint
emprunter  (ahm-proon-tay) – to borrow
enclore  (ahn-clor) – to enclose
encourager  (ahn-coo-ra-jay) – to encourage
encourir  (ahn-coo-reer) – to incur
endormir  (ahn-dor-meer) – to put to sleep
enduire  (ahn-doo-eer) – to coat
enfermer  (ahn-fahr-may) – to lock
enfoncer  (ahn-fohn-cay) – to push in
enfreindre  (ahn-frahn-dra) – to infringe
enfuir  (ahn-foo-eer) – to run away
engager  (on-ga-jay) – to engage
enjoindre  (ahn-jwan-dra) – to enjoin
enlever  (ahl-ev-ay) – to remove
ennuyer  (ah-nwee-ay) – to bore – annoy
énoncer  (ay-non-say) – to state
enquérir  (ahn-kay-reer) – to inquire
enregistrer  (ahn-ree-stray) – to record
enseigner  (ahn-see-nay) – to teach
ensuivre  (ahn-soo-vreer) – to ensue
entendre  (ah-tahnd) – to hear
enterrer  (ahn-ta-ray) – to bury
entraîner  (ahn-tray-nay) – to drag/train/carry along
entreprendre  (ahn-tra-pren-dra) – to undertake
entrer  (ahn-tray) – to enter
entretenir  (ahn-tra-ta-neer) – to look after
entrourer  (on-tu-ray) – to surround
entrouvrir  (ahm-troov-reer) – to half-open
envelopper  (ehn-vel-oh-pay) – to wrap
envoler  (ahn-vo-lay) – to take flight
envoyer  (ah-vwa-yea) – to send
épeler  (ay-pe-lay) – to spell
épouser  (ay-poo-say) – to marry
épreindre  (ay-pren-dra) – to juice
éprouver  (ah-pro-vay) – to test/afflict/feel
équivaloir  (ay-kwee-val-wah) – to equal
espérer  (ess-pay-ray) – to hope
essayer  (ee-say-ay) – to try
essuyer  (es-wee-say) – to wipe
estimer  (es-tee-may) – to estimate
établir  (ay-tah-bleer) – to establish
éteindre  (ay-tan-dra) – to switch off/put out
étendre  (ay-tahn-dra) – to extend/stretch out
étonner  (ay-toh-nay) – to surprise
étouffer  (ay-too-fay) – to suffocate
étourdir  (ay-too-deer) – to stun – daze
être  (eh-tra) – to be
étreindre  (ay-than-dra) – to embrace
étudier  (eh-too-day) – to study
évaluer  (ay-va-loo-ay) – to evaluate
éviter  (ay-vee-tay) – to avoid
exagérer  (eks-ah-jay-ray) – to exaggerate
examiner  (eks-ah-min-ay) – to examine
exclure  (eks-clur) – to exclude
excuser  (eks-koo-say) – to excuse
exécuter  (eks-ay-coo-tay) – to execute/run
exiger  (eks-ee-jay) – to demand/require
exister  (eks-ees-tay) – to exist
expliquer  (eks-plee-kay) – to explain
explorer  (eks-plo-ray) – to explore
exposer  (ex-po-say) – to expose
exprimer  (ex-pree-may) – to express
fâcher  (fa-shay) – to get angry
faiblir  (feh-bleer) – to weaken
faillir  (fa-yeer) – to lack
faire  (fahr) – to do
falloir  (fah-lwah) – to have to
fatiguer  (fah-tee-gay) – to tire/wear out
feindre  (fahn-dra) – to feign
féliciter  (fay-lee-cee-tay) – to congratulate
fendre  (fahn-dra) – to split – crack
fermer  (fehr-may) – to close
feuilleter  (foil-tay) – to leaf through
fier  (fee-air) – to depend on
figurer  (fee-gu-ray) – to appear/represent
finir  (fee-neer) – to finish/end
fixer  (feex-ay) – to fix
fonder  (fon-day) – to found
fondre  (fon-dra) – to melt
forcer  (for-say) – to force
forclore  (for-clor) – to debar
former  (fo-may) – to form/train
fouiller  (foo-yay) – to dig deeply
fournir  (foo-neer) – to furnish – provide
franchir  (frah-sheer) – to cross
frapper  (fra-pay) – to hit
frémir  (fray-meer) – to shudder
frire  (free-eer) – to fry
fuir  (fu-ee) – to run away/flee
fumer  (foo-may) – to smoke
gagner  (gah-nyay) – to win/earn
garder  (gahr-day) – to keep
gaspiller  (gah-spee-yay) – to waste
gâter  (gah-tay) – to spoil
geindre  (jahn-dra) – to groan
geler  (jee-lay) – to freeze
gêner  (jen-ay) – to bother
gérer  (jer-ray) – to manage
glisser  (glee-say) – to slip/glide
goûter  (goo-tay) – to taste
grandir  (grahn-deer) – to grow/increase
gratter  (grah-tay) – to scratch – grate
grêler  (gre-lay) – to hail
grimper  (grem-pay) – to climb
gronder  (gran-day) – to scold
guérir  (geer-eer) – to cure
habiller  (ah-bee-yay) – to dress
habiter  (abby-tay) – to live in
haïr  (a-eer) – to hate
hésiter  (eh-zee-tay) – to hesitate
hoqueter  (oh-ke-tay) – to hiccup
ignorer  (eeg-nor-ay) – to ignore
imaginer  (ee-mag-e-nay) – to imagine
importer  (a-por-tay) – to import
imposer  (ah-po-say) – to impose
inclure  (an-clur) – to include
indiquer  (an-dee-cay) – to indicate
induire  (an-doo-eer) – to mislead
informer  (an-for-may) – to inform
inquiéter  (ah-key-ay-tay) – to worry
inscrire  (ahn-skreer) – to write down
insister  (ahn-sees-tay) – to insist
inspirer  (ah-spee-ray) – to inspire
installer  (eh-stah-lay) – to install
instruire  (ahn-stru-eer) – to instruct
interdire  (an-tar-deer) – to forbid
intéresser  (ahn-tah-ray-say) – to interest
interroger  (ah-tee-roe-jay) – to question/interrogate
interrompre  (ah-tay-rohmpt) – to interrupt
intervenir  (ah-tar-va-neer) – to intervene
introduire  (ah-tro-du-weer) – to introduce
inventer  (ah-vahn-tay) – to invent
inviter  (ah-vee-tay) – to invite
jaillir  (ja-yay) – to spurt out
jaser  (ja-say) – to chatter
jaunir  (jaw-neer) – to turn yellow
jeter  (jah-tay) – to throw
joindre  (jwandra) – to join/contact
jouer  (shjoo-ay) – to play
jouir  (joo-eer) – to enjoy
juger  (sjoo-jay) – to judge
jurer  (ju-ray) – to swear – vow
kidnapper  (ked-nah-pay) – to kidnap
klaxonner  (klak-so-nay) – to honk
lâcher  (la-shay) – to loosen
laisser  (lay-say) – to leave
lancer  (lahn-say) – to throw
laver  (la-vay) – to wash
lever  (loh-vay) – to rise
lier  (lee-ay) – to link
lire  (leer) – to read
lisser  (lees-say) – to smooth
livrer  (lee-vray) – to deliver
loger  (lo-jay) – to lodge
louer  (loo-ay) – to rent
luire  (loo-eer) – to shine
lutter  (loo-tay) – to fight
maigrir  (may-greer) – to lose weight
maintenir  (ma-tohn-eer) – to maintain
manger  (mohn-jay) – to eat
manquer  (moh-kay) – to miss
marcher  (mahr-shay) – to walk
marier  (mah-ree-ay) – to marry
marquer  (mar-kay) – to mark
maudire  (moh-deer) – to curse
méconnaître  (may-coh-ne-tra) – to be unaware of
médire  (may-deer) – to malign
méfier  (may-fee-ay) – to mistrust
mélanger  (may-lahn-jay) – to mix
mêler  (may-lee) – to mix
menacer  (mo-nah-say) – to threaten
mener  (mah-nee) – to lead
mentir  (mon-teer) – to lie
méprendre  (may-prahn-dra) – to mistake
mépriser  (may-pree-say) – to scorn
mériter  (may-ree-tay) – to deserve
mesurer  (meh-su-ray) – to measure
mettre  (may-tra) – to put
modérer  (mo-day-ray) – to moderate
monter  (mon-tay) – to go up/mount
montrer  (mohn-tray) – to show
moquer  (mo-kay) – to mock
mordre  (mor-dra) – to bite
moudre  (moo-dra) – to mill – grind
mouiller  (moo-yay) – to wet
mourir  (moo-reer) – to die
nager  (na-jay) – to swim
naître  (neh-tra) – to be born
naviguer  (na-vee-gay) – to navigate
négliger  (nay-gee-jay) – to neglect
négocier  (nay-go-see-ay) – to negotiate
neiger  (nay-jay) – to snow
nettoyer  (nay-toy-ay) – to clean
neutraliser  (nu-tra-lee-say) – to neutralize
nier  (nee-ay) – to deny
noircir  (nwa-seer) – to blacken
nommer  (no-may) – to name
noter  (no-tay) – to write down
nouer  (nu-e) – to tie – knot
nourrir  (noo-reer) – to feed
noyer  (no-yay) – to drown
nuire  (nu-eer) – to harm
obéir  (oh-bay-eer) – to obey
obliger  (oh-blee-jay) – to force/oblige
observer  (ob-ser-vay) – to observe/watch
obtenir  (ob-tan-eer) – to obtain/get
occlure  (oh-clur) – to occlude
occuper  (oh-cu-pay) – to occupy
offrir  (oof-reer) – to offer
oindre  (wan-dra) – to anoint
omettre  (oh-me-tra) – to omit
on asseoir  (on-ah-swa) – to sit down
oser  (oh-zay) – to dare
oublier  (oo-bee-lay) – to forget
ouvrir  (oov-reer) – to open
paraître  (pah-reh-tra) – to appear/seem
parcourir  (pahr-coo-reer) – to browse
pardonner  (pahr-doh-nay) – to forgive
parler  (pah-lay) – to talk
partager  (pah-ta-shay) – to share
participer  (pahr-tee-see-pay) – to participate
partire  (pah-teer) – to leave
parvenir  (par-ah-neer) – to reach/achieve
passer  (pa-say) – to pass
patiner  (pa-tee-nay) – to skate
payer  (pa-yea) – to pay
pêcher  (pay-shay) – to fish/sin
peigner  (pen-gnay) – to comb
peindre  (pen-dra) – to paint
peler  (pe-lay) – to peel
pencher  (pon-shay) – to lean
pendre  (pahn-dra) – to hang
pénétrer  (pay-nay-tray) – to penetrate
penser  (pohn-say) – to think
percevoir  (per-so-vwa) – to perceive
perdre  (pahr-drah) – to loose
périr  (pay-eer) – to perish
permettre  (pahr-me-trah) – to permit/allow
persuader  (par-swa-day) – to persuade
peser  (pah-say) – to weigh
pianoter  (like a piano) – to tap
placer  (plah-say) – to place
plaindre  (plahn-dra) – to pity/complain
plaire  (plare) – to please
plaisanter  (play-sahn-tay) – to joke
planter  (plan-tay) – to plant – to crash
pleurer  (plah-ray) – to cry
pleuvoir  (ploo-vwa) – to rain
plier  (ple-ay) – to fold – bend
plonger  (plo-jay) – to dive/plunge
poindre  (pwan-dra) – to dawn
pondre  (an egg) – to lay
porter  (paw-tay) – to carry/wear
poser  (poh-say) – to place/put
posséder  (po-say-day) – to own/possess
poursuivre  (poor-sweevra) – to carry on/continue
pousser  (poo-say) – to push
pouvoir  (pooh-vwah) – to be able to / can
précipiter  (pray-cee-pee-tay) – to precipitate
prédire  (pray-deer) – to predict
préférer  (pray-fay-ray) – to prefer
prendre  (prahn-dra) – to take
préparer  (pray-pah-ray) – to prepare
prescrire  (pra-skreer) – to subscribe
présenter  (pray-sahn-tay) – to present
pressentir  (pras-san-teer) – to have a premonition
presser  (prey-say) – to squeeze/press
prétendre  (pray-tahn-dra) – to claim
prêter  (pray-tay) – to lend
prévaloir  (pray-va-loo-ahr) – to pride
prévenir  (pray-va-neer) – to prevent
prévoir  (pray-vwa) – to foresee
prier  (pree-ay) – to pray
produire  (pro-du-eer) – to produce
profiter  (pro-fee-tay) – to take advantage of
projeter  (pro-ja-tay) – to project
promener  (prom-nay) – to take for a walk
promettre  (pro-met-tra) – to promise
prononcer  (pro-non-say) – to pronounce
proposer  (pro-po-say) – to propose
proscrire  (pro-skreer) – to prohibit
protéger  (proh-tay-jay) – to protect
prouver  (proo-vay) – to prove
provenir  (pro-va-neer) – to come from – be due
puer  (poo-ay) – to stink
punir  (poo-neer) – to punish
quérir  (ka-reer) – to summon
quitter  (kee-tay) – to quit
raconter  (ra-con-tay) – to tell
ralentir  (ra-lan-teer) – to slow down
ramasser  (ra-ma-say) – to pick up/collect
ramener  (rahm-nay) – to bring back
ranger  (rahn-jay) – to arrange
rappeler  (rah-play) – to recall/remember
rapporter  (rah-pore-tay) – to report
rassurer  (rah-sur-ray) – to reassure
rater  (rah-tay) – to miss
ravir  (ra-veer) – to delight
recevoir  (ra-sev-wah) – to receive
réclamer  (ray-cla-may) – to claim/demand
recommencer  (ra-cohm-ahn-say) – to start again
reconduire  (ra-cohn-doo-eer) – to renew
reconnaître  (re-con-net) – to recognize
reconstruire  (re-con-stru-eer) – to rebuild
recoudre  (re-coo-dra) – to sew
recourir  (re-coo-reer) – to run again
recouvrir  (re-coo-vreer) – to recover
récrire  (ray-kreer) – to rewrite
recueillir  (re-coo-yeer) – to collect – gather
reculer  (ra-cu-lay) – to move back/reverse
rédiger  (ray-dee-jay) – to write
redire  (re-deer) – to repeat
réduire  (ray-do-weer) – to reduce
réélire  (re-ay-leer) – to re-elect
refaire  (re-fayr) – to redo
réfléchir  (ray-flay-sheer) – to think/reflect
refléter  (re-flay-tay) – to reflect
refuser  (ra-fu-say) – to refuse
regarder  (rah-gahr-day) – to watch
regretter  (ra-gray-tay) – to regret
rejeter  (ruhj-tay) – to reject
rejoindre  (ra-zwan-dra) – to return/give back
relever  (ral-vay) – to stand up again/put back on its feet
relire  (re-lee-ra) – to reread
remarquer  (rah-mahr-kay) – to notice
remercier  (rah-mah-see-ay) – to thank
remettre  (ra-met-rah) – to put back
remonter  (rah-mohn-tay) – to go back up
remoudre  (re-moo-dra) – to regrind
remplacer  (rahm-pla-say) – to replace
remplir  (rum-pleer) – to fill/fill up
rencontrer  (ra-con-tray) – to meet
rendre  (rahn-dra) – to give back
renoncer  (rah-non-say) – to renounce
renouveler  (ra-noo-va-lay) – to renew
rentrer  (rehn-tray) – to return home
renverser  (rahn-ver-say) – to spill/knock over
renvoyer  (ren-vo-yay) – to dismiss
répandre  (ray-pahn-dra) – to spread
reparaître  (ra-pah-re-tra) – to reappear
réparer  (ray-pa-ray) – to repair
repasser  (re-pas-say) – to iron – to pass again
repeindre  (re-pahn-dra) – to repaint
repentir  (re-pan-teer) – to repent
repérer  (re-pay-ray) – to locate
répéter  (ray-pah-tay) – to repeat
répondre  (ray-pond-ra) – to answer
reposer  (ra-po-say) – to rest
repousser  (rah-poo-say) – to grow again/repel
reprendre  (rah-prahnd-r) – to take back/resume
représenter  (ra-pray-sahn-tay) – to represent
réprimander  (ray-pre-mohn-day) – to reprimand
reproduire  (ra-pro-do-eer) – to reproduce
résister  (ray-zee-stay) – to resist
résoudre  (ray-soo-dra) – to solve
respecter  (ray-spek-tay) – to respect
respirer  (res-pee-ray) – to breathe
ressembler  (ra-sahm-blay) – to look like/to be like
ressentir  (ra-sohn-teer) – to feel
rester  (ray-stay) – to stay
restreindre  (ray-strah-dra) – to restrict
reteindre  (ray-tehn-dra) – to dye again
retenir  (raht-a-neer) – to retain
retirer  (rah-tee-ray) – to withdraw/remove
retomber  (ra-tohm-bay) – to fall back
retourner  (ra-tour-nay) – to return
retrouver  (ra-troo-vay) – to find/retrieve
réunir  (ray-oo-neer) – to gather together/call together
réussir  (ray-ooh-seer) – to succeed
réveiller  (ray-vel-yay) – to wake/wake up
révéler  (ray-vay-lay) – to reveal
revenir  (rah-vah-neer) – to come back
rêver  (ra-vee) – to dream
revêtir  (ra-veh-teer) – to put on
revoir  (rah-vwa) – to review
riposter  (ree-po-stay) – to counteract
rire  (reer) – to laugh
risquer  (ree-skay) – to risk
rompre  (rohm-pra) – to break up
rougir  (roo-jeer) – to redden – blush
rouler  (roo-lay) – to drive a car – to roll
rouvrir  (roo-vreer) – to reopen
saillir  (sa-yeer) – to protrude
saisir  (say-zeer) – to grab/seize
salir  (sa-leer) – to soil
saluer  (sa-loo-ay) – to salute
satisfaire  (sa-tiss-fair) – to satisfy
sauter  (so-tay) – to jump/skip
sauver  (so-vay) – to save
savoir  (sah-vwah) – to know
secouer  (sa-kway) – to shake
secourir  (sa-coo-reer) – to help
séduire  (say-do-eer) – to seduce
séjourner  (say-joor-nay) – to sojourn
sembler  (sah-blay) – to seem
sentire  (sahn-teer) – to smell/feel
séparer  (say-pah-ray) – to separate
serrer  (sah-ray) – to tighten/grip tight
servir  (say-veer) – to serve
siffler  (seef-lay) – to whistle
signaler  (seeg-na-lay) – to signal
signer  (sin-nyay) – to sign
signifier  (see-nee-fee-ay) – to mean
skier  (skee-ay) – to ski
songer  (sohn-jay) – to think of/consider
sonner  (soh-nay) – to ring
sortir  (saw-teer) – to go out
souffler  (soo-flay) – to blow
souffrir  (soo-freer) – to suffer
souhaiter  (soo-ay-tay) – to wish
souiller  (soo-yay) – to soil
soulever  (sool-vay) – to lift/raise
soumettre  (soo-met) – to submit
sourire  (soo-reer) – to smile
sourvenir  (soo-ven-eer) – to remember/remind
souscrire  (soos-kreer) – to subscribe
soutenir  (soot-a-neer) – to support
souvenir  (soo-va-neer) – to remember
subir  (su-beer) – to suffer/undergo
subvenir  (sub-vneer) – to provide for
succomber  (soo-cum-bay) – to succumb
sucer  (soo-say) – to suck
suffire  (soo-freer) – to suffice
suggérer  (soo-jay-ray) – to suggest
suivre  (soo-eev-rah) – to follow
supplier  (soo-pleer) – to beg
supporter  (soo-por-tay) – to support
supposer  (soo-po-say) – to suppose
surprendre  (sur-pon-dra) – to surprise
survenir  (su-veh-neer) – to occur
survivre  (sur-vee-vra) – to survive
survoler  (sur-vo-lay) – to fly over
susciter  (sus-kee-tay) – to cause
tapoter  (ta-po-tay) – to tap
teindre  (ten-dra) – to dye
téléphoner  (tay-lay-fo-nay) – to call
tendre  (ten-dra) – to strain – strive
tenir  (tah-neer) – to hold
tenter  (tahn-tay) – to attempt
terminer  (tahr-me-nay) – to end/finish/complete
tirer  (tee-ray) – to pull
tomber  (toh-bay) – to fall
tondre  (ton-dra) – to shear – mow
tonner  (ton-nay) – to thunder
toquer  (to-kay) – to knock
tordre  (tor-dra) – to twist
toucher  (too-shay) – to touch
tourner  (toor-nay) – to turn
tousser  (too-say) – to cough
tracer  (trah-say) – to draw
traduire  (tra-do-eer) – to translate
trahir  (tra-heer) – to betray
traîner  (trah-nee) – to drag
traiter  (trah-tay) – to treat/deal
transcrire  (trahn-skreer) – to transcribe
transformer  (trahns-foh-may) – to transform
transmettre  (trahns-meh-tra) – to transmit
transparaître  (trahns-pah-re-tra) – to show through
travailler  (tra-va-yea) – to work
traverser  (tra-vehr-say) – to cross
trembler  (trahm-blay) – to tremble/shake
tressaillir  (trey-sal-yeer) – to shudder
tricher  (tree-shay) – to trick – cheat
tromper  (trohm-pay) – to deceive/cheat
troubler  (troo-blay) – to disturb/confuse
trouver  (troo-vay) – to find
tuer  (too-ay) – to kill
tutoyer  (too-toy-ay) – to use
unifier  (oo-nee-fe-ay) – to unify
unir  (oo-neer) – to unite
user  (oo-say) – to wear out/use
utiliser  (oo-tee-lee-say) – to use
vaincre  (vahn-kra) – to defeat/overcome
valoir  (vah-lwa) – to be worth
vanter  (van-tay) – to praise
varier  (va-ree-ay) – to vary
veiller  (vay-yay) – to stay awake/watch over
vendre  (vahn-dra) – to sell
venger  (ven-jay) – to avenge
venir  (va-neer) – to come
verdir  (ver-deer) – to turn green
vérifier  (vay-ree-fay) – to verify
verser  (vahr-say) – to pour/pay/shed
vêtir  (vay-teer) – to dress
vieillir  (vee-yeer) – to age
viser  (vee-say) – to aim
visiter  (vee-see-tay) – to visit
vivre  (vee-vra) – to live
voiler  (vwa-lay) – to veil
voir  (vwah) – to see
voler  (vo-lay) – to fly/steel
voter  (voh-tay) – to vote
vouloir  (voo-lwah) – to want
vouvoyer  (voo-vo-yay) – to use “vous”
voyager  (vwa-yah-jay) – to travel
warranter  (with a warranty) – to guarantee
zébrer  (zay-bray) – to stripe
zézayer  (zay-za-yay) – to lisp
zoner  (zo-nay) – to zone

First Day of Studying French – Gathering The Tools

These are the essential tools and files you need to collect before you start learning French on your own, in my opinion. You may be learning the language using Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Babbel, RocketLanguage, Fluenz, and others, but these are the free tools available to you on the Internet, that I have found especially useful:

I would like you to consider at the very minimum augmenting your study with Duolingo. You should register here:

I also want you to go to Linqvist and register for the site while it is still in Beta and free. You will begin to use it when you’ve reached over 800 words on Duolingo:

Whenever you see a concept that you do not understand, please visit the University of Texas at Austin’s French website.

This is the index page, and it’s just that easy to find the issue, click to the lesson page, read the content, and then take a quick test to see if you understood what you have read.

Also bookmark these sites for use. They offer free samples and you may decide to invest some money in one of these courses if the free resources (duolingo, lingvist) do not work well for you:

You must at a minimum have the pronunciation down pat, or you’ll say French words wrong in your English speaking mind, and it will stick, go here (has audio examples):

and here:

You should have a table of conjugations at your immediate disposal:

Many popular textbooks are found in PDF form here:

I’d like you to bookmark my collection of websites:

Since there are two other free textbooks that are used for first year French students, semesters one and two, let’s grab those as well:

Next, I’d like you to download another free program. It’s free and found here:

What is Anki? It’s a study card program like many others, which uses timed intervals to help you re-inforce what you have learned. It works to improve your memory.

“Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.” That’s what they say. It’s an interesting tool, that’s what I say.

The program is just under 23 MB in size. Download and install…you can then download an Anki “shared” Deck, and benefit from the work of others. French language decks are found here:

After you have downloaded and installed Anki, I want you to place an add-on program into Anki. We are going to add the power of audio files, using an add-on called, “Awesome TTS” (TTS = Text-to-Speech). After opening Anki, in the “Install Add-on” window, copy and paste 301952613 into the “Code” field and click “OK”. The download happens in seconds. Close Anki then re-open. The power to automatically add audio to your files, specifically French speakers reading your card text, is now in your Anki program.

I then suggest you register with Anki (it’s free). This will allow you to synchronize your decks across multiple platforms, like your smart phone, and various android devices.

If you wish to become more proficient at Anki, you may find You Tube videos helpful, or you can download this PDF and use it for reference. The download is found at the bottom right, as a picture of the PDF’s front cover:

A popular French verb PDF is found here:

We’re now going to start our own MP3 French language collection, so create a directory of your choice, in the location you wish, and go here:

Click the one that says “all mp3s”, and you will be downloading 106 MB of audio that is used with the Univeristy of Texas at Austin’s French program.

Since we’re still in the gathering stage, I’d like you to add a program called “DownLoad Them All!” to your Firefox browser.

This program will allow you to right-click at a website and start a download of all of the MP3’s found on a website. After installing the program, and restarting your Firefox browser, you are going to do just that, at these websites:

Right-click and choose to Download Them All! and then “Start”. Watch the magic happen….incredible isn’t it?

We’re going to repeat this downloading method, on this other page:

While we’re here, I’d like you to bookmark this page:

You will use this page often.

There is one more page that contains 17,000 mp3’s, that you will want to have. You will not need the Download Them All! for this one, as it is a zip file. It is found here:

Go down to around mid-page, where you see “Télécharger”, which means download. Click it, download, and unzip into your target directory. Now you have scores of words in alphabetical order, in multiple folders. I personally got rid of all the folders, and simply put them all in one folder, so that I could see them alphabetically. When I hear a word I did not understand on Duolingo, I go here and can replay the pronunciation over and over, until I have the sound correct.

Since people just love it when they get something for nothing, Pimsleur has a free section where you can download some of their French MP3s, located here: (You will use Download Them All!)

You may also find a vocabulary index on this site:

And perform MP3 downloads on the page that contains your particular subject interest. Bookmark this site for later.

The BBC has a website filled with MP3s, that you can download.

and their tutor site may interest you:

My French verb guide, which took me forever to develop, is here:


I printed my version and laminated it so that it is always nearby. This will save you from being side-swiped by language teachers that throw a verb tense or mood at you, seemingly out of nowhere, or worse, they start to use the French word for the tense.

I also developed a pronunciation cheat sheet:

French Pronunciation Guide

Let’s review what we have…almost every word and phrase you need, in MP3 form, two free textbooks that focus on group discussion learning, an on-line course, a memory re-enforcement tool that synchronizes across all platforms, several bookmarks with indexed lessons and discussions on French grammar, and a bunch of cheat sheets for popular verbs, French verb tenses and moods, my pronunciation guide, and other cheat sheets that may help us get through rough spots. We’re now ready to start Duolingo.

Other resources:

Videos from “Learn French with Jennifer” are found on YouTube, and she lists the names of those videos in this blog post.

The “Learn French with Jennifer” YouTube page is found here:

An on-line French Audio Dictionary of 2500 words:

Memrise, a flashcard website…and the French section is found here:

Quizlet is another memory training website…and the Duolingo French section can be found here:

Another is a picture-based 1500 word website containing many languages, called Babadum, found here:

In the early stages of learning, you may find the basics very helpful, even though you read the first few chapters of that 1917 Textbook. I suggest you look through these websites during your first few weeks:

and the site map page for French.about dot com’s website:

and when you see a word that you need pronounced right away, go to Forvo:

We’ll also bookmark where we can watch the news in French every day:

That’s it for day one. You’ve gathered a ton of tools in a very short time. You may feel overwhelmed right now. The idea is to not spend a lot of time administering your lessons, tools and look-ups. Look at the tags and categories on my blog, to find areas which you are comfortable with, like songs, children’s songs, podcasts, etc.

Note: The next level of tools will include websites like:

and listening to Podcasts with Marie…free…well over a hundred and counting…and engaging…at:

and focusing on listening skills which will provide additional vocabulary and phrases. A new site accumulates native speakers of all kinds, in many languages, including French:

You will want to start practicing the words you now know how to pronounce, and you may use Skype for this, after finding language partners on line. There are many, so Google for sites that offer language partners. I have used:

To avoid having to schedule Skype sessions, think about using these sites. They have a list of people on-line, ready to talk:

If you wish to avoid a lot of the errors that English speakers experience while learning French, you may wish to read my post on what I would have liked to have known during my first month studying French…found here:

If you are still wanting more, you can attempt to use DownLoadThemAll on these pages for the FSI Language Course and textbook:

Personally, I use spreadsheets for my language vocabularies and phrases. Each sheet contains a particular subject: adjectives, adjectives plural, adverbs, alphabet, animals, appliances, art related, baby related, bank related, basic phrases, bathroom, body parts, buildings, camping, car related, cardinal numbers, classroom subjects, clothing, coffee related, colloquials, colors, computer related, conjunctions, conversations – simple, conversations – complex, cosmetics, countries, daily routine, days of the week, dentist’s office, dining room, directions, doctor’s office, drinks, emotions, employment, family, food related, fruits, furniture, garden, hobbies, holidays, house, household, instruments, irregular past participles, kitchen, marriage related, meals, meats, medical, months, music, nature, negations, news related, numbers, ocean related, ordinals, places, prepositions, professions, pronouns, pronunciation, reflexive verbs, quantities, questions, school related, seasons, shapes, shopping, slang, sports, time, tools, traffic, transportation, travel, vegetables, verbs, weather, zodiac.

It is very easy to copy a column of words from a spreadsheet, and drop it into Google Translate, translate into the language you wish, and then copy and paste to an adjacent column in your spreadsheet. If you stay organized with your vocabulary from the start, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with your lists.

I’m also going to recommend, Self-Taught French by Timm. Here you can find the PDF:

and here is the YouTube video which you can download:

Good luck.