Savoir vs Connaitre: How to say To Know in French

Savoir vs Connaître

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In this grammar lesson we will discuss savoir vs connaître.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use savoir
  • how to use connaître
  • savoir vs connaître
  • how these idioms are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on savoir vs connaître
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for savoir vs connaître

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this idiom fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about savoir vs connaître!

Table of Contents

Introduction

As you may know, there are two ways to say “to know” in French: savoir and connaître.

For many French students this is a tricky topic.

In this lesson you will understand when to use which one and why.

In short, this lesson is about savoir vs connaître!

How to use Savoir

In the first lesson on savoir, you learnt 2 things about the usage of savoir.

  1. Savoir is often followed by a full verb (infinitive).

Je sais skier.

I know how to ski.

Je sais jouer au football.

I know how to play football.

Il sait parler le finnois.

He knows how to speak Finnish.

This usage of savoir is often used for the possession skills.

You know how to ski, play football, or speak a language.

  1. Savoir is followed by a clause (ce que, ce qui, combien, où, quand, quel, que, and qui) to express knowledge of facts.

Je sais Danielle travaille.

I know where Danielle works.

Personne ne sait combien de gens sont morts dans cette bataille.

No one knows how many people died in that battle.

Ils savent ce qui se passe.

They know what‘s going on.

This usage of savoir is about knowing facts.

How to use Connaître

In the first lesson on connaître, you learnt 1 thing about the usage of connaître.

  1. Connaître is followed by a noun (e.g. people, places, and things)

Je connais cette fille.

I know that girl.

Ils connaissent Amsterdam.

They know Amsterdam.

Est-ce qu’elle connait ton numéro de téléphone ?

Does she know your telephone number?

Connaître is about knowing people, places, and things.

Savoir vs Connaitre Summarized

Savoir is often followed by an infinitive or a clause with a conjugated verb.

Savoir is meant to show that you know facts and have skills.

Connaître is followed by a noun.

Connaître is meant to show that you know people, places, and things.

Example Sentences of Savoir vs Connaître

The final section of this lesson on savoir vs connaître is about seeing the idioms in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on savoir vs connaître through examples.

Je sais skier.

I know how to ski.

Je sais jouer au football.

I know how to play football.

Il sait parler le finnois.

He knows how to speak Finnish.

Je sais Danielle travaille.

I know where Danielle works.

Personne ne sait combien de gens sont morts dans cette bataille.

No one knows how many people died in that battle.

Ils savent ce qui se passe.

They know what‘s going on.

Je connais cette fille.

I know that girl.

Ils connaissent Amsterdam.

They know Amsterdam.

Est-ce qu’elle connait ton numéro de téléphone ?

Does she know your telephone number?

Quiz Yourself on Savoir vs Connaître

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Anki File for Savoir vs Connaître

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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