How to Conjugate the Verb pouvoir (can)

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“Pouvoir” is a powerful verb. Once you know it, you can easily ask people to do something, and express what you can do. Here is how to conjugate and use “pouvoir”. Conjugation of pouvoir (can) I voluntarily chose not to include tenses like “passé simple”, because unless you are interested in French literature, you won’t need …

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The most common French adjectives (and how to use them)

French adjectives rules

In English, adjectives are pretty easy to use. You put them before the noun they describe and you’re done. In French however, the placement of adjectives varies. And if that wasn’t enough to confuse you, adjectives also change depending on whether the noun they describe is masculine, feminine, singular or plurial. Luckily, in today’s lesson, you’ll discover …

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How to say “happy birthday” in French (and the mistakes to avoid)

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There are some cultural details we take for granted. If you’ve ever celebrated classmates’ birthdays in your French class, or seen a French movie or TV show where there was a birthday (un anniversaire), you might think you’ve got French birthday traditions down pat. Then there may come a day when you’re invited to a …

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12 Polite and Not So Polite Ways to Say “You’re Welcome” in French

you are welcome in French

When it comes to politeness, on a basic level French and English are very similar. Both languages have words and phrases  for “please”, “thank you”, “hello”, “goodbye”, and “you’re welcome.” But as may have discovered already, not all of these words have a single, simple equivalent. This is probably most apparent when it comes to …

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12 common ways to say “welcome” in French

A welcome mat in a doorway reads "Bienvenue".

Bienvenue is the most common way of saying “welcome” in French but as with most common words and expressions, there are variations. And there’s also a totally different verb to express “to welcome”: accueillir. Let’s take a welcome dive into these words and more, starting with seven common ways to say “Welcome” in French. The simple …

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