It’s time to fall in love all over again.
If you’re at odds with French due to verbs, we’re here to help.
Let’s add some spark and playfulness back into the romance!
But first, let’s talk about why the relationship went south in the first place. What is it about verbs that causes so much friction?
First of all, there are just so many of them! Sure, there are the common verbs such as avoir (to have) and aller (to go). But then there are the strange words like dépayser (to leave one’s comfort zone), ronronner (to purr) and yaourter (speaking/singing in a language one doesn’t know, thus faking it).
But even after filling your word bank with a variety of verbs, you still have to remember all the different conjugations for every single verb!
Guess what? There’s a different tense and conjugation for each scenario. And then some!
Thankfully, there are plenty of French conjugation exercises at your fingertips to patch up your relationship with French verbs. By using them, you can be sure to take things to whole new, deeper level!
Why Practice with French Conjugation Exercises?
- Visuals help you memorize. There are many types of learners. For instance, I’m a visual learner. I can recite conjugations with my class and sing fun French songs all I want, but if I never see those conjugations in front of me, the information doesn’t stick in my brain. Seeing verb conjugations over and over again in French exercises will help you memorize them.
- Mix things up! Before now, you may have only been looking to your French textbooks for conjugation exercises. Textbooks can be a little stiff and boring, though. Trying new ways of practicing your French can keep you absorbed in the material. If you’re not genuinely interested in the language, you’re way less likely to keep up with your studies.
- Practice makes perfect. This saying is a cliché for a reason. If you want to overcome your fear of the countless French verb conjugations, you should use exercises to pratiquer (practice). Everyone should practice … tu pratiques, je pratique, nous tous pratiquons! (You practice, I practice, we all practice!)
- It’s all in one place. Once again, yes, you can always turn to your textbooks for French conjugation exercises. However, I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get confused when I spend too long flipping through a textbook. When using websites, all the information is in one place. They’re typically much easier to navigate than giant textbooks.
11 Sites for French Conjugation Exercises
Here are 11 sites that will help you become more proficient in conjugating French verbs. Each website has its own strengths, and each one appeals to different types of learners, regardless of what their learning goals are.
After years of studying French in high school and college classrooms, I graduated and wanted to continue studying on my own. Quizlet was the first resource my mother, a French teacher of 20 years, recommended to me for French conjugation exercises.
Quizlet has many resources for French learners, my favorite being its user-made conjugation exercises. Search “French conjugations,” then click “Study sets” at the top of the page. You’ll be taken to numerous French conjugation lists made by fellow Quizlet users.
If you’re looking for a specific type of conjugation, type something more specific into the search bar, such as “French conjugations conditionnel” (conditional French conjugations) or “French conjugations passé simple” (simple past French conjugations).
Each study set has multiple ways for you to learn the verb conjugations. You can look at the list of terms, go through digital flashcards, write out words, type what you hear, take a test and even play the matching or gravity games.
I recommend making use of the audio feature of Quizlet. Looking at a list of verbs, you can click on the words to hear correct pronunciations. I find this feature very helpful, considering the French language is littered with silent letters!
Learn from as many users’ exercises as you want, or create your own! Making your own exercises for a set of verbs and conjugations might be the best way to study for a real-life test.
Français Interactif (Interactive French) is the University of Texas at Austin’s French program. I love the setup of the program’s verb practice page because it’s simple but effective.
There are two columns: on the left, types of verbs, everything ranging from “-er verbs” to “pronominal verbs.” (Confession: I didn’t even know what a pronominal verb was until I used this resource. Don’t judge me.) On the right is a list of your conjugation options, from “futur” (future) to “subjonctif passé” (past subjunctive).
Then you combine your verb and conjugation types. Learn plus-que-parfait (pluperfect) conjugations of major irregular verbs, imparfait (imperfect) conjugations of -ir verbs or impératif (imperative) conjugations of stem-changing verbs.
Once you’ve chosen your customized combination, click “apply,” and you’ll be taken to your personalized exercises. The website gives you a verb, and you have to type in the corresponding conjugation.
It’s a simple premise, but sometimes simple is best. Besides, something about learning French verb conjugations has to be simple, right?
Eventually, you’ll need to be able to conjugate and place verbs naturally. One of the best ways to achieve this is by practicing your French with authentic resources, like those on FluentU.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the French language and culture over time. You’ll learn French as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of great content, like interviews and web series, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive subtitles.
You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used.
For example, if you tap on the word "crois," you'll see this:
Practice and reinforce all the vocabulary you've learned in a given video with FluentU's adaptive quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning and play the mini-games found in the dynamic flashcards, like "fill in the blank."
As you study, FluentU tracks the vocabulary that you’re learning and uses this information to give you a 100% personalized experience.
You'll receive video recommendations that suit your interests and current level of progress.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
While Conjuguemos’s setup is a little different than other sites in this post, it’s just as easy to figure out.
The site’s conjugations are split into five main categories: All Tenses and Moods, Indicative Mood: Simple Tenses, Indicative Mood: Compound Tenses, Subjunctive Mood and Imperative Mood. Each of the five categories has multiple sub-categories for you to narrow down your search.
Choose your sub-category, then let the games begin!
Yes, Conjuguemos has digital flashcards available like most French conjugation websites, and it even has timed graded practice. But my favorite part has to be the multitude of games and activities the site offers.
If you want to have hard copies of exercises with you to pass time on an airplane or to stay awake during a boring lecture, you can print crosswords and word searches for each sub-category. Interactive versions of those activities are also available on the computer.
You can play the frog conjugation game by yourself. In this game, you’re a frog who has to eat the correct conjugations of verbs as quickly as you can.
If you have a study buddy, Conjuguemos even has two multiplayer conjugation games, the verb battleship game and tug-o-war. This feature is great for students who learn best when working with others. Conjuguemos is the only website on this list with exercises specifically for students working in pairs.
If games and brain teasers help you memorize verb conjugations, this website is definitely for you.
This website has a different method of organization than the others. Instead of choosing one tense and being given multiple verbs to conjugate, you choose only one verb which you then have to conjugate in multiple tenses.
Maybe you want to check your knowledge of different ways to conjugate the verbs savoir (to know) or mourir (to die). Type in the specific verb you want to quiz yourself on, then choose various conjugations. You can choose from three quizzing methods: intense training I (structured mode), intense training II (random mode) or the concentration game.
I love that schoLINGUA focuses on just one verb at a time. This method helps the conjugations of different verbs stick in my brain better. When I’m thrown conjugations of various verbs, it’s easy for me to forget the answer as soon as the words disappear from the screen.
When I spend time studying one verb, though, the learning process feels less hectic and overwhelming. It also seems easier for me to recognize patterns across the various tenses that seem to settle into my long-term memory.
Language Guide is similar to some of the other websites on this list in a few ways. First, you choose a conjugation category. Then the site provides you with the infinitive form of a verb along with a subject pronoun, and you must conjugate the verb accordingly.
There are two aspects of this website I really appreciate, though.
First, you can either type or speak the conjugation aloud. This option means Language Guide not only helps you see the correct French conjugations, but also helps you speak them. This way, you learn to use correct conjugations in everyday French conversations. Remember, it’s not only important to be able to read and write correctly, but it’s also essential to speak correctly.
Second, after you type in each conjugated word, the website provides you with a sample sentence so that you can see the verb used in context. This feature is useful because even when we’re familiar with the terms le conditionnel and l’imparfait, it’s easy to get caught up in the conjugation and completely forget when and how to use it! Seeing a sample sentence makes the conjugation applicable to real life.
While Language Guide focuses on both visual and auditory French, French Today only focuses on audio. The company’s goal is for learners to improve their listening and speaking skills.
French Today boasts three volumes of over 10 hours of French verb audio drills, along with over 240 pages of transcripts. The website provides some free samples of the audio drills, but if you want to dedicate yourself to this program, you do have to buy a book. The good news is that each volume is available at the reasonable price of $31.99.
No one loves spending money, but if your main goal is to improve your speaking, I recommend looking into French Today. Buying all three volumes at once will cost you $95.97, which is still cheaper than a single textbook in many campus bookstores.
Of course, if you just want to try out French Today before dedicating yourself to the program completely, you can buy one volume at a time.
Lingolia French lets you choose a verb tense from the sidebar, and then it quizzes you on conjugating multiple verbs using that tense. For these quizzes, you either choose the correct answer from a drop-down menu or type your answer into a blank.
With both of these question formats, you see the verbs being used in sentences, which is a great benefit of using Lingolia French.
The website’s quizzes also reflect traditional classroom French tests, so if you’re preparing for an exam, give Lingolia a try. Doing so could help you get into a testing mindset.
Lingolia French is a solid resource for all French grammar. If you need a break from conjugating verbs, try exercises that target French adjectives, nouns or sentence structures.
First things first: before you can enjoy the French conjugation exercises on this site, you have to enable Adobe Flash Player. Doing so is pretty simple—just click on the link at the top of the page.
My favorite aspect of the website is that everything is a game, which breaks up the monotony of studying verbs and conjugations. Digital Dialects specializes in matching games. You’re given the conjugated form of the verb, then three options for pronouns. You then have to match the verb to the correct pronoun.
For example, when conjugating the word dire (to say), does direz match with tu, elles or vous?
As you get into the swing of things, you can try harder tests. When conjugating the word demander (to ask), does demanderai match with vous au futur (you [all] in future tense), je au futur (I in future tense), il à l’imparfait (he in imperfect tense) or je au passé composé (I in past tense)?
My only disappointment with Digital Dialects is that of the 11 websites on this list, it’s probably the least organized. It may take you a few minutes to figure out the layout of the site. Once you overcome that obstacle, however, you may find it to be a good resource for conjugation games.
To make the most of this website, you really should create a free Verb 2 Verbe account. Once you create an account, the system tracks your performance on the various exercises, so it knows which verbs you’ve mastered and which ones you haven’t.
Verb 2 Verbe provides learners with five types of exercises. Choose from the following: Single Verb Test, Multiple Verb Test, Random Test, Vocabulary Test and Test Over the Verbs You Know.
After you select the type of test you want, choose the verb tense you want to focus on.
My favorite of the five assessments is the random test, because the system chooses five verbs you haven’t learned yet. This way, you’re constantly learning different conjugations of new verbs. There’s always more for you to learn!
C’est facile! (It’s easy!) is the only website I’ve found that makes an effort to separate French conjugation exercises by the learner’s levels. Whether you’re just venturing into the world of French language acquisition or you’ve been studying for years, C’est facile! tells you exactly where to go on the site.
Before you start practicing with the website’s exercises, consider clicking on “French verb conjugations” to review any verbs you’ve been having trouble with.
Then, click on “Practise verbs” to get started with the exercises. (Don’t worry, that spelling of “practice” is not a typo. It’s just the British spelling.)
“Complete tenses” is the best way for beginners to learn. The interactive exercise takes you through each verb individually, teaching you different tenses of the same verb.
If you’re more advanced, click on “Random verbs, tenses and forms.” This exercise randomizes the verbs and conjugations, keeping you on your toes!
Hopefully, learning the seemingly infinite number of French verbs and their conjugations seems a little less terrifying after reading this list of online sources of practice exercises. In fact, doing so might even be fun.
If you’re up to the challenge, you can try all 11 of these sites!
Rappelez-vous, nous n’arrêtons jamais d’apprendre. (Remember, we never stop learning.)
Laura Grace Tarpley is a writer based in Athens, Georgia. She has spent the past four years living in and exploring France, New Zealand and China. She runs the blog Let’s Go Tarpley!, where she writes city guides and budget travel tips.
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