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Lesson #14 – Simple French verbs

Simple French verbs – Free weekly lessons for kids #14 

comment ca va?


Bienvenue! Welcome to French lesson #14: Simple French verbs!

This is our penultimate lesson before we take a couple of weeks off to enjoy the festive season. (There will be a seasonal French lesson next week so don’t miss that one!)

This week we are going to be doing a little more Simple French verb practise. I have chosen verbs I hope will be useful to you as you practise your mini French conversations every week with your child, and I have also tried to select ‘easy verbs’ that should be simple to remember!

The question you will be practising is – ‘What are you doing?’

Qu’est-ce que tu fais? (kes-kuh too fay)

Here are some of the responses to the question:Simple French verbs

Je sors – (juh sore)              I am going out 
Je bois – (juh bwah)            
I am drinking
Je chante – (juh sharnt)     I am singing 
Je danse – (juh dornse)      I am dancing
Je mange – (juh mornge)   
I am eating
Je nage –  (Juh nazj)            I am swimming
Je parle – (Juh parl)            I am talking
Je saute – (Juh soat)            
I am jumping

I have created a sheet of cards for the games below, so first of all cut out your individual cards and practise saying the phrases.


I keep on coming back to this game but it is a fun way to practise the phrases and it is short enough to not stretch little attention spans too far!

To start, print out two copies of the card sheet and cut out all the cards. Lay them face down on the table.

Ask your child Qu’est-ce que tu fais? and they have to say an action, eg. Je danse. They then have to try and turn over the two dancing cards from the pile. If they pick up the wrong cards make sure you both say what the actions of those cards are to really get the vocab into your memories. If they pick up the two correct cards they keep them.
Swap over, and your child asks you Qu’est-ce que tu fais?

The winner is the player with the most amount of pairs at the end.

Guessing gameSimple French verbs

Place all the cards face down in a pile in the middle. One of you picks up a card from the top and asks the other Qu’est-ce que tu fais?
The other person then has to make a random guess about what could be on the card, they say the phrase and then do the action. If they have guessed correctly then the player keeps the card. If they are incorrect then the card goes back into the bottom of the pile of cards. It is then the turn of the next player to guess what action might be on the card. Keep playing until there are no more cards left in the deck. The winner is the player with the most amount of cards at the end.

I hope you enjoy learning with these cards this week. Learning verbs is a really stage of learning a language as it means your sentences can start to become a little more sophisticated!

Are these simple French verbs simple enough? Are they useful enough? Please do get in touch with your success stories. It is wonderful to hear how you are all getting on.

Happy learning!

Heidi et Tonton x

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