Crier Out Loud: Mastering the French Verb ‘Crier’ without Making a Scene

Introduction to the French Verb ‘Crier’

Welcome to this exciting linguistic exploration where we will discover how to tango with the French verb ‘Crier’, which translates to ‘shout’ or ‘cry out’ in English. A siesta from the usual French lessons, let’s dive soundlessly into the world of aural verbs, particularly this cheeky little verb, ‘Crier’.

Understanding the Meaning of ‘Crier’

‘Crier’ can often cause a ruckus among French learners. Its most common English translation is ‘to shout’ or ‘to cry out’. So, when you come across sentences like “Elle crie de joie,” know that it means “She shouts (or cries out) with joy,” rather than her shedding tears of joy.

Conjugating ‘Crier’

Good news for French enthusiasts! As a regular ‘-er’ verb, ‘crier’ follows the same conjugation pattern as other ‘-er’ ending verbs. Let’s take a look:

  • Je crie
  • Tu cries
  • Il/Elle/On crie
  • Nous crions
  • Vous criez
  • Ils/Elles crient

Pronouncing ‘Crier’

The ‘Cri’ in ‘Crier’ could make you think of awesome cricket games or chilling crime scenes, adding a fun twist to learning. For an accurate pronunciation, the ‘cri’ in ‘crier’ almost sounds like the English word ‘cree’.

Master the Past Tense of ‘Crier’

The past tense of ‘crier’, is formed using the auxiliary verb “avoir” and the past participle “crié”. Hence, ‘J’ai crié’ translates to ‘I shouted’. So, next time you want to tell your friends about that time you shouted at the concert, “J’ai crié au concert” is your go-to phrase!

Using ‘Crier’ in Idiomatic Expressions

French wouldn’t be French without a sprinkle of idiomatic expressions, right? A popular one using ‘crier’ is ‘crier au loup’. Directly translated, it means ‘to cry wolf’, and it carries the same moral lesson about false alarms as the English idiom.


‘Crier’ might seem like a small player in the large field of the French language, but as we’ve seen, it’s a vibrant and versatile verb punching above its weight. So, don’t be afraid to ‘crier’ it from the rooftops; mastering each verb brings you one step closer to fluency. Remember, practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, but it certainly reduces the need to ‘crier’ when you’re talking en français!

Call out to ‘crier’ the next time you spot it. You’ve made it part of your French vocal range, one that’s hopefully ‘cries’ more in joy and less in frustration. Happy learning, mes amis!