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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in French. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page French Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, French, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in French

Past French Audio
I saw you Je t’ai vu
I wrote with a pen J’ai écrit avec un stylo
You loved apples Vous avez adoré les pommes
You gave money Vous avez donné de l’argent
You played tennis Vous avez joué au tennis
He read (past tense) a book Il a lu un livre
He understood me Il m’a compris
She had a cat Elle avait un chat
She knew my friend Elle connaissait mon ami(e)
We wanted to learn Nous avons voulu apprendre
We thought Spanish is easy Nous avons pensé que l’espagnol était facile
You (plural) worked here Vous avez travaillé ici
You (plural) spoke French Vous avez parlé français
They drove a car Ils ont conduit une voiture
They smiled Ils ont souri


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List of Colors in French

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in French

Colors French Audio
Black noir
Blue bleu
Brown brun
Colors Les couleurs
Dark color Une couleur fonçée
Gray gris
Green vert
Light color Une couleur claire
Orange orange
Red rouge
White blanc
Yellow jaune


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Daily Conversation in French

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our French Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in French

English French Audio
Black is his favorite color Le noir est sa couleur préférée
I have black hair J’ai les cheveux noirs
Red is not his favorite color Le rouge n’est pas sa couleur préférée
She drives a yellow car Elle conduìt une voiture jaune
The sky is blue Le ciel est bleu
Your cat is white Votre chat est blanc
I enjoyed myself very much Je me suis amusé(e) beaucoup
I agree with you Je suis d’accord avec vous
Are you sure? Vous êtes sûr(e)?
Be careful! Faîtes attention!
Cheers! Santé!
Would you like to go for a walk? Vous voulez faire une promenade?

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in French about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.

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