Cecilee Linke

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The verb “faire”

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?

      1. Click here to listen to the verb being conjugated.

 

Voice French English
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

 

Voice French English
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.

 

Homework:

 

Complete the following quiz to practice your skills in conjugating the verb “faire”

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