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Salut, je m'appelle Ingrid. Hi everybody! I’m Ingrid.
Welcome to FrenchPod101.com’s “Le français en 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn French.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use the verb aimer.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use venir, the fourth verb in our series dedicated to the most common French verbs.
Venir means "to come" in French, and we use it a lot! So let’s go! C’est parti!!
Imagine a friend of yours is organizing a road trip and he asks you: Est-ce que tu viens avec nous? That means "Are you coming with us?"
So supposing you want to go too, you will say, Oui, je viens avec vous! That means "Yes I’m coming with you!"
[slowly] Oui, je viens avec vous.
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Oui which is simply "Yes."
Then Je, which is "I" in French
After that we have viens, which is the 1st person of the verb venir in present indicative tense.
Finally we had avec vous which is "with you" as vous is the plural pronoun for "you."
So, all together it is Oui, je viens avec vous.
In French, venir is exactly the same as "to come."
The basic meaning is "to go somewhere with someone", or to join other people.
It is a very common verb that you should be careful not to mix up with aller, which only means "to go to", as we’ve seen before.
Venir is often used to suggest an invitation to someone. If you are organizing a party, for example, you can invite your guests by asking them Vous venez a ma soirée? That is "are you coming to my party?"
To answer this question, you can add something after this verb, as in Oui, je viens avec des amis. Here you said "Yes, I am coming with some friends." The common expression to say you are coming with your boyfriend or girlfriend is Oui je viens accompagné which literally means "Yes I’m coming with some company."
The verb venir is also often used as an order or as motivational advice, as in Viens avec moi! "Come with me!" Or Allez! Viens faire un footing! That is, "Come on, let’s go for a jog!"
In French, we have another very useful verb that can be used to say "to come back" or "to come again". This verb is Revenir, you just add re at the beginning of venir,
For example, if you want to say "I'll come back tomorrow", it is just Je reviens demain!
Now it’s time for Ingrid’s tips.
When using the verb Venir be careful, since we can not use it as in English to say "Come in!" if you invite someone to enter in a room, for example.
In French we don’t use venir but the verb entrer instead. In this case it will be Entrez! That means "Come in!"
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb venir to ask people to join others!
So now, our lessons series about common French verbs is over, and from the next lesson, we will jump into some very important interrogative French words!
Do you know how to ask questions starting with "What" in French? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Le français en 3 minutes.
A bientôt!