apprendre / to learn

Apprendre (to learn) is a regular -dre French verb.

J'apprends l'italien.
I'm learning Italian.

Nous apprenons quelque chose tous les jours.
We learn something every day.

Take a look at our verb tables for Apprendre (to learn) conjugations in all tenses and moods, with sound files.

Lessons with more detail on Apprendre (to learn)

Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)
Conjugate prendre and derivatives (+avoir) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)
Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)



Kwiziq community member

8 August 2017

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Writing Challenge Week 57, level A1. I'm learning to play the piano.

The sentence is 'I am learning to play the piano.' The correct answer is "J'apprends à jouer du piano." Does the à go with the apprendre or with jouer? What is the link to the appropriate lesson? Thank you - I'm stumped! Terri


Kwiziq community member

9 August 2017


Bonjour Terri, En le sens de cette phrase, l«à» va avec jouer. In French, there are certain verbs where à precedes the verb and certain verbs where it follows the verb. There are certain dictionaries that explain this more in detail. Bonne chance.


Kwiziq language super star

10 August 2017


Bonjour Terri !

To express "to learn how to [do]" in French, you will use "apprendre à + [infinitif]" :
Il apprend à cuisiner.
He's learning how to cook.
J'apprends à faire du surf.
I learn how to surf.

Some verbs are followed by different prepositions such as à or de.
We don't have a specific lesson on these, but here is a useful list of similar verbs:

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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