100 Days of French – Day 8

The Learning French 100 Day Project

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, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them 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!


rêver : (it.) to dream; to daydream

je rêve
tu rêves
il/elle rêve
nous rêvons
vous rêvez
ils/elles rêvent

je rêvais
tu rêvais
il/elle rêvait
nous rêvions
vous rêviez
ils/elles rêvaient

j’ai rêvé
tu as rêvé
il/elle a rêvé
nous avons rêvé
vous avez rêvé
ils/elles ont rêvé


le rêve, les rêves (m.) : dream, daydream


sombre, sombres : dark, gloomy


J’ai un rêve ! (I have a dream!)
Il rêve de la poésie de Valéry la nuit. (He dreams about Valéry’s poetry.)
Dans mon rêve, mon père aimait un éléphant violet. (In my dream, my father loved a purple elephant.)
Elle était entrée dans une période sombre de son histoire. (She had entered into a dark period of her history.)
Elle peint un tableau aux couleurs sombres. (She paints a painting with dark colors.)
Il portait un long manteau noir et son visage était sombre. Il n’était pas un homme heureux. (He wore a long black coat and his face was gloomy. He was not a happy man.)
J’ai rêvé que j’étais dans un bateau rouge sur une mer sombre et calme. (I dreamt that I was in a red boat on a dark and quiet sea.)
J’ai vu le côté sombre de son âme. (I saw the dark side of his soul.)

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