Talking about routine

Talking about routine

Learning Objectives 

  • Learn about pronominal verbs
  • Be able to use pronominal verbs in the present tense
  • Be able to use stem-changing -er verbs in the present tense

Supplemental resources: adverbs of frequency

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Key Words & Phrases






Tous les jours

Une fois par semaine

Trois fois par an

  • La journée
  • Le matin 
  • Le midi 
  • L’après-midi
  • Le soir
  • La nuit


Reflexive verbs

pronominal verbs

-er verbs with spelling changes

Lawless French: Stem-changing verbs

Lawless French: pronominal verbs

Lawless French: reflexive verbs

Lawless French: reciprocal verbs


Straight-through-the-Channel: Reflexive verbs

Alexandra Heath: Spelling change -er verbs

French lessons: reflexive and reciprocal verbs


BBC Bitesize: What are reflexive verbs?

Cliffsnotes: Conjugating reflexive verbs

ThoughtCo: Stem-changing verbs

Lawless French: idiomatic pronominal verbs

Lawless French: essentially pronominal verbs

Learn French with Pascal: Adverbs of frequency

You Learn French: Adverbs of time and frequency

Lawless French: adverbs of frequency

Lingoda: Adverbs of frequency


Learn French with Alexa: Practice reflexive verbs in the present tense

Conjuguemos: Practice regular and stem-changing -er verbs

Tex’s French Grammar: Practice stem-changing -er verbs

Tex’s French Grammar: Practice pronominal verbs

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

Answer the questions below. You can use frequency words and negation for some answers.

  • Est-ce que tu t’intéresses aux jeux vidéo ?
  • Est-ce que tu manges de la viande ?
  • Est-ce que tu t’endors rapidement, le soir ?
  • Tu t’informes sur l’actualité ?
  • Tu te promènes souvent ?

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

Practice stem-changing verbs in context and learn new verbs with a partner speaking French using the list here.  Choose 5 to 7 new stem-changing verbs.  Have a partner pick one of your new verbs, a subject, and an object. Now, try to form a sentence with those. Have fun with it!  For example: le chat (the cat) – protéger (to protect) – l’éléphant (the elephant).  Have your French-speaking partner correct you, and then make the sentence again using at least two more subjects.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Practice pronominal verbs: choose 5 to 7 verbs from this list and conjugate each of them with at least 3 subject pronouns. Check whether you are correct on this website, by typing the infinitive of the verb from the list in the field and click “Conjuguer”. The results you are interested in will be on the top left, under “Indicatif / Présent”.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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