The top 25 English verbs translated into French

The Oxford English Corpus (of the Oxford English Dictionary) tracks lemmas or base words (eg. “talk” includes “talk”, “talked”, “talking””, etc.) and their frequency of usage in the English language. Below, I have taken the top 25 verbs and translated them into French.

Please bear in mind that in some cases there is no direct translation for an English word. I have tried my best to include what I think is the most appropriate translation in this case. I welcome feedback!

 

 

English

French

1

be

être [ɛtʀ] – to be

2

have

avoir [avwaʀ] – to have

3

do

faire [fɛʀ] – to make, to do

4

say

dire [diʀ] – to say, to tell

5

get

No direct translation.

To receive: recevoir

To obtain: obtenir

…and many more.

6

make

faire [fɛʀ] – to make, to do

7

go

aller [ale] – to go

8

know

savoir [savwaʀ] – to know

connaître [kɔnɛtʀ] – to know/be familiar with

9

take

prendre [pʀɑ̃dʀ] – to take

10

see

voir [vwaʀ] – to see

11

come

venir [vəniʀ] – to come

12

think

penser [pɑ̃se] – to think

13

look

regard [ʀ(ə)gaʀde] – to look (at)/watch

14

want

vouloir [vulwaʀ] – to want

15

give

donner [vulwaʀ] – to give, to show

16

use

utiliser [ytilize] – to use

17

find

trouver [tʀuve] – to find

18

tell

dire [diʀ] – to say, to tell

19

ask

demander [dəmɑ̃de] – to ask (for)

20

work

travailler [tʀavaje] – to work, to work on

21

seem

sembler [sɑ̃ble] – to appear, to seem

22

feel

sentir [sɑ̃tiʀ] – to smell, to feel (generally to sense)

23

try

essayer [eseje] – to try

24

leave

partir [paʀtiʀ] – to leave

quitter [kite] – to leave something or someone (job, partner, etc.)

25

call

appeler [aple] – to call, to phone

 

Enjoy!