Penser vs Reflechir

 

There are two verbs in French that can often cause a bit of confusion and are worth contracting: Penser and Réfléchir. Both verbs mean to think but their meanings are totally different. Réfléchir translates to “think over”, “ponder” or “mull”. Another translation is to “reflect”.

Penser, however, is to think on a much more superficial level. Usually penser applies to thinking of something in a yes/no manor. If want to ask somebody what they think you don’t use réfléchir. You use penser. In the audio podcast below I’ll go through a list of example sentences using both penser and réfléchir and discuss their usages. If you have the time please do listen to the audio as I offer a lot of explanations.

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New Years Resolutions

On this page you’ll find 50 New Years Resolutions in French (les bonnes résolutions du nouvel an). It’s that time of the year again and it’s time to start thinking about the things I want to start and stop doing. Am I going to do everything on this list? No way! But, I can try. Are there any resolutions that I left off? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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French Travel Vocabulary


If you’re planning a trip to France or any French-speaking country then it will be very useful for you to learn some basic travel vocabulary. This list is very elementary in nature an covers greetings, directions, taxi, restaurant and hotel vocabulary. If you’re really serious about learning some French before a trip to France then I’d suggest listening to some audio lessons.

Audio Vocabulary List

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Top 20 Phrases in French

French has lots of idiomatic phrases and expressions that cannot be translated directly into English. In this blog post I wanted to come up with a list of the top 20 French most common phrases that are used in France that you most likely won’t learn in any high school class that are used in everyday spoken French. I’ve also included pronunciation.

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French Prepositions for Places

In the French language one of the hardest areas for students speakers to master is the prepositions for places including cities, countries and states. Basically, your choices are à (at), en (in), au/aux (in) and dans (in). But which one you use depends on whether it’s a city or country and whether the the country is masculine or feminine.

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Slang Verbs

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Basic French

In this video, created by Fluenz, you’ll learn the essentials to putting together a basic sentence in French. If you’re planning a trip to France then you’ll definitely find this very useful!

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Top French Verbs


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Learn the top 25 most useful verbs in French. If you’re planning a trip to France or just want to learn the basics of the language then you must learn these verbs. Here on Frenchlearner.com we have a complete verbs section here. Can you make some phrases with these verbs?

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