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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in French. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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 present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, 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 present 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.

Present Tense in French

Present French Audio
I see you Je vous vois
I write with a pen J’écris avec un stylo
You love apples vous adorez les pommes
You give money Vous donnez de l’argent
You play tennis Vous jouez au tennis
He reads a book Il lit un livre
He understands me Il me comprend
She has a cat Elle a un chat
She knows my friend Elle connaît mon ami(e)
We want to learn Nous voulons apprendre
We think Spanish is easy Nous trouvons l’espagnol facile
You (plural) work here Vous travaillez ici
You (plural) speak French Vous parlez français
They drive a car Ils conduisent une voiture
They smile Ils sourissent


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in French

Accident L’accident
Allergy L’allergie
Ambulance L’ambulance
Asthma L’asthme
Danger Le danger
Doctor Le médecin
Headache mal de tête
Heart attack La crise cardiaque
Help me aidez-moi
Hospital L’hôpital
Medicines médicaments
Pharmacy La pharmacie
Poison Le poison
Police La police
Stomach ache mal de ventre
Stroke L’accident vasculaire cérébral


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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

Are you okay? Ça va?
Call a doctor! Appelez un médecin!
Call the ambulance! appelez l’ambulance!
Call the police! Appelez la police !
Calm down! Calmez-vous!
Fire! Incendie!
I feel sick Je me sens malade
It hurts here Ça fait mal ici
It’s urgent! C’est urgent!
Stop! Arrêtez!
Thief! Voleur!
Where is the closest pharmacy? Où se trouve la pharmacie la plus proche ?
You look beautiful! (to a woman) Vous êtes belle!
You have a beautiful name Vous avez un joli prénom
This is my wife Voici ma femme
This is my husband Voici mon mari

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in French about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.

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