One French Word A Day – Spring 2022

Day 24 – obtenir

The Learning French 100 Day Project – Tuesday, April 12, 2022

I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days (all of Spring 2022), I’ll focus daily on a French word and use it in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!


obtenir (transitive verb) : to get; to obtain


Le fils de Paul a obtenu un vélo pour Noël. (Paul’s son got a a bicycle for Christmas.)
Paul aimerait acheter une voiture s’il obtient une promotion.
(Paul would like to buy a car if he gets a promotion.)
Claire avait besoin de ce travail, et elle l’a obtenu.
(Claire needed this job, and she obtained it)

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