One French Word A Day – Spring 2022

Day 39 – plaire

The Learning French 100 Day Project – Wednesday, April 27, 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!


plaire (intransitive verb) : to be a success; to be successful; to like


Ils souhaitent surtout plaire à mon chat. (Above all, they wish to please my cat.)
Je faisais tout pour plaire à ma mère.
(I did everything to please my mother.)
Je pense qu’elle voulait leur plaire.
(I think that she wanted to please them.)

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