Reflexive Verbs
• We use reflexive verbs in English.
• You might say:
I can do this myself.
He always looks at himself in a mirror.
• However, the French use them much
Reflexive verbs
• Translate the following:
My name is…
What is your name (sing and plural)?
His name is…
Her name is…
• Je m’appelle…
• Comment tu t’appelles? Comment vous
• Il s’appelle
• Elle s’appelle
• You have already been using reflexive
verbs and not knowing it!
Boring Mechanics Behind RVs
• Reflexive verbs use a
reflexive pronoun that
goes directly before
the verb.
• They show that the
subject is doing the
action themselves.
• They take être in the
• Some verbs:
1. Are always reflexive
2. Can be made
reflexive by adding
the correct pronoun
3. Change meaning
depending on the
reflexive verb
RV chart
• Copy this chart.
• Je me (m’)
Tu te (t’)
Il/elle/on se (s’)
Nous nous
Vous vous
Ils/elles se (s’)
RV – Set 1
• Se baigner
• Se brosser
• Se coiffer
• Se laver
• Se maquiller
• Se peigner
• Se raser
RV Practice
• How do you think you would say the
He shaves.
She puts on make up.
I take a bath.
We brush our teeth (nos dents).
The boy washes his hands (ses mains).
You do your hair so well (si bien).
They comb their hair (ses).
Il se rase.
Elle se maquille.
Je me baigne.
Nous nous brossons nos dents.
Le garçon se lave ses mains.
Tu te coiffes si bien.
Ils se peignent les cheveux.
RVs and Pain
Se blesser
Se brûler
Se casser
Se couper
Se fâcher
S’inquiéter de
RVs, Opposites, & Relaxation
Se coucher
Se réveiller
Se lever
Se déshabiller
Se dépêcher
Se détendre
• Se bronzer
• Se promener
• Se reposer