Savoir and Connaître In French, two irregular verbs express “to know”: connaître and savoir. Connaître means “to know” in the sense of being acquainted with someone or something. Use the verb connaître when you can substitute the words “to be familiar with”: • Je connais Luc. (I know Luke [meaning: I am acquainted with Luke].) • Je connais cette chanson. (I know this song [meaning: I have heard this song before or I am familiar with this song].) Savoir means “to know” in the sense of knowing how to do something or knowing something by heart, through mental ability or through a learning process. Savoir expresses the knowledge of facts or reasons about certain things: • Je sais danser.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.