French for Beginners – How to Use Simple Verb Conjugations in the French Language

The biggest challenge of learning the French language is mastering the verb system. It is complicated and full of pitfalls with all kinds of irregular verbs that drive learners crazy. But the good news here is that over 90% of French verbs fall into the category of simple regular verbs. If you understand how these verbs work, you’ve got a handle on most of the verbs that you’ll ever need. Here is a quick guide to how these verbs work.The first thing to keep in mind is that French verbs belong to groups according to the ending of the infinitive form. This is the form under which you look up the verb in a dictionary.The great majority of verbs end in -er. Examples are travailler (to work), parler (to speak) and aller (to go).Then there is a small group of verbs ending in -re such as: boire (to drink), battre (to beat)And, finally, a small group of verbs end in -ir. These include: voir (to see), venir (to come), savoir (to know).When we speak of verb conjugations, we are referring to the forms the verb must take according to the required tense and the person (I, you, he, etc.). To conjugate a verb, you drop the last two letters from the infinitive, leaving a stem to which you add the appropriate endings. Here is the present tense conjugation of parler:je parle, tu parles, il/elle parle, nous parlons, vous parlez, ils/elles parlentI speak, you speak, he/she speaks, we speak, you speak, they speakNotice how we have taken the stem parl and added the various endings. A verb is regular when it is conjugated just like this. Travailler and regarder are regular verbs. Also notice the two you forms: tu is the informal singular and vous is the formal singular and all pluralsAn irregular verb is one that for whatever reason is not conjugated according to the regular pattern. Aller is an irregular verb. It is conjugated like:je vais, tu vas, il/elle va, nous allons, vous allez, ils/elles vontThe vast majority of the -er verbs are regular and present no conjugation difficulties. The few irregular -er verbs have slightly different spelling. For example, the verb envoyer is conjugated:j’envoie, tu envoies, il/elle envoie, vous envoyez, ils/elles envoientNotice how the spelling has changed a bit.All the other tenses are formed basically in similar fashion. You take the stem and add the appropriate endings. So the future tense of parler is:je parlerai, tu parleras, tu parlera, il/elle parlera, nous parlerons, vous parlerez, ils/elles parlerontNow, let’s look at the future of the irregular envoyer:j’enverrai, tu enverras, il/elle enverra, nous enverrons, vous enverrez, ils/elles enverrontIf you look carefully, you see that the endings remain regular, it’s just the stem that changes.The only way to know if a verb is irregular is to look it up in a guide to verb conjugation. This is not a problem with -er verbs because only a few are irregular. And the most important irregular -er verb is aller, as we have seen. So, if you stick to -er verbs, your verb conjugations are no problemThe real troublemakers in the French verb system are the -re and the -ir verbs. They are a small but pesky bunch. This is where things get quite complicated because a very large number of verbs are irregular. The only way to master these verbs is to learn them from a verb handbook.


Things To Consider Before Starting Your Online Business

Creating a plan for your business is the first step in the process.Deciding what business model you would like to adopt.You have many options in which to choose from we will discuss a few of these briefly in a moment, but first another thing we need to touch on no matter what type of business you choose to pursue. Create an account with social networking sites in case you have not previously done so. Social networking has really become an invaluable asset to all businesses today. This type of media allows you to not only advertise but to build a relationship with your clients. Now we will touch on a few of your different business options online.Blogs:Blog advertising is a major source of traffic to any home based business website that sells products or services. Even affiliate marketing techniques benefit from Blog advertising. Blogging is a fairly new usage of technology, but blogs have exploded within the decade. A blog is essentially an online journal.Affiliate Marketing:Internet affiliate marketing is actually among the hottest methods for internet users to generate some extra cash. Scores of merchandise are sold as a result of online advertising every single day. Internet business models continue to evolve. New and interesting variations can be expected in the future. Internet goes into a new shape during this festival season. I am speaking about Gifts and online purchases.Affiliates are the new working class. In fact, making money with affiliate programs or making your living on the Internet is WAY MORE than possible. There are many affiliate programs which give you this tools and make sure that you do not fail.Education and Training:Online business degree programs are sometimes less expensive than their campus-based counterparts. Tuition is often lower, and travel costs are virtually non-existent. Some schools have great programs too on internet marketing and other online business programs.There are also private coaching programs available online for those who prefer to work one on one with a teacher or coach.Online business is taking the center stage in today’s very competitive workplace. There are many relevant online business articles that will guide you on how to make money fast online, and teach you how to get the most of your investment and maximize your online sales potential. Online business ideas are usually a dime a dozen but there are real opportunities available too. You are able to sell a great deal of products on the web and the earning potential is limitless.