In this lesson, we will be learning how to conjugate the verb “faire,” which in English means to do or to make. This is one of the most common verbs in French, used for talking about many things, most commonly the weather, chores, and activities.
Let’s get to the verb now, shall we?
|first person singular||je fais||I do/make – I am doing/making|
|second person singular||tu fais||You do/make – You are doing/making|
|third person singular||il fait||He does/makes – He is doing/making|
|elle fait||She does/makes – She is doing/making|
|on fait||One does/makes – One is doing/making|
|first person plural||nous faisons||We do/make – We are doing/making|
|second person plural||vous faites||You all do/make – You all are doing/making|
|third person plural||ils font||They (masc.) do/make – They (masc.) are doing/making|
|elles font||They (fem.) do/make – They (fem.) are doing/making|
As stated above, there are quite a few expressions that use the verb “faire” when talking about activities, such as chores.
faire la vaisselle = to do the dishes
Je fais la vaisselle tous les jours. = I do the dishes everyday.
faire la lessive = to do the laundry
Mon père fait la lessive. = My father does/is doing the laundry.
faire le menage = to do housework
Nous faisons le ménage. = We are doing housework.
Then there are other activities, which are admittedly a little more fun to do than chores!
faire du sport = to play sports
Elle fait du sport le lundi. = She plays sports every Monday.
faire de la planche à voile = to go windsurfing
J’aime faire de la planche à voile. = I like to go windsurfing
faire de la grasse matinée = to sleep late (lit. to do the fat morning)
Mon frère fait de la grasse matinée tous les week-ends. = My brother likes to sleep late every weekend.
faire du lèche-vitrine = to go window-shopping (lit. to do some window-licking; sounds strange but you never forget this expression, trust me!)
Mes amis et moi, nous aimons faire du lèche-vitrine. = My friends and I like to go window-shopping.
The verb is more commonly used for talking about weather, or as the French would say, le météo. We will get into more weather expressions in the next lesson, but here are a few weather expressions in French that use the verb “faire.”
Il fait beau. = It is beautiful weather.
Il fait mauvais. = It’s bad weather.
Il fait froid. = It’s cold.
Il fait chaud. = It’s hot.