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French quiz: Adjectives

How well do you know the basic rules of French adjective agreement? Test yourself with this little quiz, or take a look at the lesson to review.

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A1 Proficiency Test

Video of an A1-level oral proficiency test, with links to the grammar and vocabulary you need to know in order to pass.
         
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Habiter vs Vivre

Believe it or not, life in France is so great that one verb just isn't enough: "to live" may be equivalent to habiter or vivre, depending on what exactly you want to say.
         
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Tu vs Vous

One of the tricky aspects of French is that there are two different words for you, tu and vous, and very complicated rules about when to use which one.
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Movies

Lights! Camera! Action (verbs)! Learn French vocabulary related to movies, cinemas, and the Cannes film festival.
         
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La morte amoureuse

J'ai été pendant plus de trois ans le jouet d'une illusion singulière et diabolique. Moi, pauvre prêtre de campagne, j'ai mené en rêve toutes les nuits (Dieu veuille que ce soit un rêve !) une vie de damné, une vie de mondain et de Sardanapale.
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Nationalities

Every country and continent has an adjective that can be used to describe people and things from that place. Those same adjectives can also be used as nouns to refer to people from that place, with one small change in French.
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Venir de – Recent Past

You can explain what happened in the recent past with the construction venir de + infinitive; for example, Je viens de terminer ce puzzle - "I (have) just finished this puzzle."
         
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Train

Taking the train can be an excellent way to explore the country, so here's the French vocabulary you need to navigate the station, buy tickets, and arrive safely at your destination. Bon voyage !
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Sur

The preposition sur is often equivalent to "on," but has many other possible translations.
         
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Quelle mouche t’a piqué ?

Something bothering you? Read this lesson on the idiomatic French expression Quelle mouche t'a piqué ? to figure it out.
         
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Mai 68

Entre janvier et mai 1968, diverses perturbations initiées par le milieu étudiant ont conduit à ce qui allait devenir le mouvement de protestation le plus considérable que la France ait connu.
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UIL

The letter combinations uil and uille are pronounced more or less like the English words "wheel" and "wee," respectively.
         
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Strasbourg

Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) est une des plus belles villes françaises. Célèbre pour son marché de Noël, ça mérite également une visite en été.
         
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Œ

When the letters o and e are pronounced as a single sound,* they combine into a symbol called a ligature: œ. The pronunciation of this symbol depends on the letter(s) that follow it.
         
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Mai 68, suite

Au plan socioculturel, mai 1968 sera à la source de nouvelles valeurs comme l'autonomie individuelle, la primauté de la réalisation personnelle, certains changements dans la pédagogie scolaire, l'accent sur la créativité et la fameuse libération...
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À poil

You don't have to be in your birthday suit to learn about the familiar French expression à poil.
         
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Indefinite Adjectives

Indefinite adjectives like certains, divers, and quelques describe nouns in a general or non-specific way. Many indefinite adjectives indicate a vague quantity.
         
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EU

The letter combination eu has three possible pronunciations, two of which are very similar.
         
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Premier mai

In France, May 1st is la Fête du Travail as well as la Fête du Muguet. What's the connection between these two seemingly unrelated holidays?
         
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Affective Accent

In English, you can emphasize an important word or syllable by pronouncing it more loudly, as in "It's magNIFicent!" That's not the case in French, which uses the affective accent instead.
         
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Chartreuse

La chartreuse est une liqueur très spéciale, avec une longue histoire et une recette secrète.
         
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Faire – Causative Construction

The causative is a grammatical construction with a lazy subject who, rather than performing some action himself, is making someone or something else do it: to make something happen, to have something done.
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Dishes and Silverware

When it's your turn to set the table, you definitely need to know the difference between une assiette and une serviette. Check out this lesson to learn the French names for a variety of dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.
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