The present tense
The present tense is used to describe things that happen now:
eg. I play tennis./ Je joue au tennis.
How to form the present tense
To form the present tense of a verb:
Take the stem of the verb, and add the appropriate ending:
With regular -er verbs (eg. jouer, danser), knock off the '-er' to get the stem:
parler -- parl
Then add the ending as appropriate:
J'apprends l'anglais.* / I study English.
Il parle avec sa soeur tous les samedis. / He speaks with his sister every Saturday.
Nous aimons la voile. / We like sailing.
Elles mangent des frites. / They eat chips.
* When the verb begins with a vowel or 'h', and the person is 'je', there must be an apostrophe- 'Je apprends' doesn't come as naturally as 'J'apprends'.
This is also found in English- we say 'an orange' not 'a orange'.