How to say Although in French = Bien que [+7 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn how to say although in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say although in French
  • how bien que is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say although in French
  • how you can download the Anki files for how to say although in French

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say although in French!

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Although in French = Bien que

If you want to say “although” in French, then you will use the following construction:

  • although = bien que

You have to use the subjonctif when you use bien que.

Bien que pauvre, il était heureux.

Although poor, he was happy.

Louis semblait en forme, bien que fatigué.

Jack seemed fit, although tired.

Bien que j’aie échoué, je réessaierai.

Although I failed, I will try again.

Bien que malade, il est allé à l’école.

Although ill, he went to school.

Bien qu’il soit vieux, il est en très bonne santé.

Although he is old, he is in very good health.

Ils dorment dans des chambres séparées, bien qu’ils soient mariés.

They sleep in separate rooms, although they are married.

Please note that you won’t find the subjonctif in every example.

Some examples are short and don’t contain a verb in the same clause that bien que is in.

Also, please don’t mistake bien que (although) with bien followed by que (that).

J’espère bien que tu reviendras.

I hope you will come back.

Example Sentences on How to say Although in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say although in French is about seeing the bien que in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of how to say although in French through examples.

Bien que pauvre, il était heureux.

Although poor, he was happy.

Louis semblait en forme, bien que fatigué.

Jack seemed fit, although tired.

Bien que j’aie échoué, je réessaierai.

Although I failed, I will try again.

Bien que malade, il est allé à l’école.

Although ill, he went to school.

Bien qu’il soit vieux, il est en très bonne santé.

Although he is old, he is in very good health.

Ils dorment dans des chambres séparées, bien qu’ils soient mariés.

They sleep in separate rooms, although they are married.

J’espère bien que tu reviendras.

I hope you will come back.

Test Your Knowledge on How to say Although in French

It’s not enough just to read the lesson on this subject.

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 do 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 test as many times as you want. There’s no limit to it!

Anki File for How to say Although in French

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 B2 you can practice every French B2 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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