One French Word A Day – Spring 2022

Day 22 – attendre

The Learning French 100 Day Project – Sunday, April 10, 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!


attendre (transitive and intransitive verb) : to wait; to wait for something


Le train est en retard. Je l’attends. (The train is late. I wait for it. )
Il attendrait le train s’il était en retard.
(He would wait for the train if it was late.)
Claire attendrait Paul s’il lui téléphonait.
(Claire would wait for Paul if he called her.)
Claire aurait attendu Paul s’il lui avait téléphoné. (Claire would have waited for Paul if he had called her.)

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