Can You Guess What These French Verbs Mean?

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By: Becky

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Remember your high school French class? Then these verbs are for you.

The French language is a Romance language, a descendant of Latin. A Romance language is not a romantic language, but rather one that has developed from what is known as Vulgar, or common, Latin, during the Roman Empire. Gaul, or long-ago France, was ruled by the Romans. But the French language also has Celtic and German roots. French is the official language of nearly 30 nations, but only some U.S. schools teach it.

Most U.S. schools teach Spanish, with nearly 70 percent of U.S. schoolchildren learning Spanish and only about 12 percent learning French. (German is a distant third, at about 3 percent.) Overall, only about 20 percent of all U.S. schoolchildren are learning a foreign language at all. Some experts insist that this is because foreign languages have little value for American schoolchildren, since a large portion of the world's people speak English. Still, it can be argued that learning a foreign language offers cognitive benefits.

If you exercised your brain by learning French, in school or as an adult, then you may be able to recognize these French verbs. So, if you think you know the meanings of aller, voir and tenir, let's get started!

Être

"Être" means "to be." "Je suis" means "I am."

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Avoir

"Avoir" means "to have. "J'ai" means "I have."

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Mettre

"Mettre" means "to put." "Vous mettez" means "you put."

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Dire

"Dire" means "to say." "Je dis" means "I say."

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Aller

"Aller" means "to go." "Je vais" means "I go."

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Vouloir

"Vouloir" means "to want." "Je veux" means "I want."

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Savoir

"Savoir" means "to know." "Elle sait" means "she knows."

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Voir

"Voir" means "to see." "Ils voient" means "they see."

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Demander

"Demander" means "to ask." "Je demande" means "I ask."

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Trouver

"Trouver" means "to find." "Il trouve" means "he finds."

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Venir

"Venir" means "to come." "Je viens" means "I come."

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Comprendre

"Comprendre" means "to understand." "Je comprendre" means "I understand."

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Rester

"Rester" means "to stay." "Je reste" means "I stay."

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Tenir

"Tenir" means "to hold." "Je tiens" means "I hold."

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Porter

Porter means to carry. Il porte means "he carries."

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Parler

"Parler" means "to speak." "Je parle" means "I speak."

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Penser

"Penser" means "to think." "Je pense" means "I think."

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Commencer

Commencer means to begin. Je commence means "I begin."

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Compter

"Compter" means "to count." "Je compte" means "I count."

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Partir

"Partir" means "to leave." "Je pars" means "I leave."

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Décider

"Décider" means "to decide." "Je décide" means "I decide."

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Arriver

"Arriver" means "to arrive." "J'arrive" means "I arrive."

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Servir

"Servir" means "to serve." "Je sers" means "I serve."

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Sembler

"Sembler" means "to seem." This word is at the root of the English word "semblance."

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Revenir

"Revenir" means "to return." "Je reviens" means "I return."

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Vivre

"Vivre" means "to live." "Je vis" means "I live."

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Agir

"Agir" means "to act." "J'agis" means "I act."

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Jouer

"Jouer" means "to play." "Je joue" means "I play."

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Choisir

"Choisir" means "to choose." "Je choisis" means "I choose."

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Toucher

"Toucher" means "to touch." "Je touche" means "I touch."

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Aimer

"Aimer" means "to like." "J'aime" means "I like."

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Ouvrir

"Ouvrir" means "to open." "J'ouvre" means "I open."

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Lire

"Lire" means "to read." "Je lis" means "I read."

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Travailler

"Travailler" means "to work." "Je travaille" means "I work."

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Entrer

Entrer means to enter. J'entre means "I enter."

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