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Se souvenir de, se rappeler (de) = To remember

Look at these sentences:

Tu te souviens de ton professeur de maths? 
Do you remember your math teacher?

Tu te rappelles ton professeur de maths?
Do you remember your math teacher?

Je me souviens de cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.

Je me rappelle cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.

Tu te souviens de moi ?
Do you remember me?

Je me rappelle le premier cadeau que tu m'as fait.
I remember the first gift you gave me.

 

To express remembering in French, there are two main phrases you can use:

- Se souvenir de <quelque chose>  which is the slightly more sophisticated option.
Here you can never omit the de.

Note also that when de is followed by le or les, you will use the contracted forms du or des, and that de un and de une will become d'un and d'une:

Je me souviens du premier cadeau que tu m'as fait.
I remember the first gift you gave me.

Tu te souviens des frères Jackson ?
Do you remember the Jackson Brothers?

Je me souviens d'une nuit pluvieuse, où tu es venu me voir.
I remember a rainy night, when you came to see me.

 

Se rappeler (x) <quelque chose>

Colloquially, it's perfectly correct to use se rappeler de <> as well as se rappeler <> :

Tu te rappelles de ton professeur de maths?
Do you remember your math teacher?

Je me rappelle de cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.

Elle se rappelle de ce garçon.
She remembers this boy.

ATTENTION:
In cases with stress pronouns (to remember me, you, him...), just like you'd use se souvenir de, you will use se rappeler DE <moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles> (literally "I remember of"):

Tu te rappelles de moi ?
Do you remember me?

Je me rappelle de lui.
I remember him.

Note: you can never say Tu te rappelles moi.

See also how to conjugate rappeler Conjugate -eter and -eler verbs in Le Présent - main rule (ll / tt)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Je me souviens du premier cadeau que tu m'as fait.
I remember the first gift you gave me.


Tu te souviens de moi ?
Do you remember me?


Je me rappelle de cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.


Tu te rappelles ton professeur de maths?
Do you remember your math teacher?


Je me rappelle de lui.
I remember him.


Je me rappelle le premier cadeau que tu m'as fait.
I remember the first gift you gave me.


Je me rappelle cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.


Tu te rappelles de ton professeur de maths?
Do you remember your math teacher?


Elle se rappelle de ce garçon.
She remembers this boy.


Je me souviens d'une nuit pluvieuse, où tu es venu me voir.
I remember a rainy night, when you came to see me.


Je me souviens de cet été merveilleux.
I remember this wonderful summer.


Tu te souviens de ton professeur de maths? 
Do you remember your math teacher?


Elle se rappelle ce garçon.
She remembers this boy.


Tu te souviens des frères Jackson ?
Do you remember the Jackson Brothers?


Tu te rappelles de moi ?
Do you remember me?


Elle se souvient de ce garçon.
She remembers this boy.


Q&A

Ali

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2017

3 replies

Why is"Nous NE souvenons de notre dernier concert"? Surely "nous NOUS souvenons de... is correct?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2017

29/11/17

You are missing the second "nous" (the reflexive pronoun) as well as "pas" for the negation:

Nous ne nous souvenons pas de notre dernier concert.

Or, in the positive form (as you have correctly surmised):

Nous nous souvenons de notre dernier concert.

I hope that helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ali

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2017

29/11/17

The question was "Nous nous rappelons de notre dernier concert. = Nous ________ notre dernier concert. (We remember our last concert.)" This, didn't seem to really explain what I needed to do, but I answered "Nous nous souvenons de notre dernier concert". YOUR answer said "no", it should be "Nous NE souvenons de notre dernier concert"! Can you now see why I was so confused?!

Ali

Kwiziq community member

29 November 2017

29/11/17

Please excuse my madness! Yes, I can see I did make a typo....humble pie! So sorry!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 March 2017

1 reply

Paul asked: "Can you please explain why "Je me rappelle le Québec." is correct ?

What are the ways of saying ''I remember Québec.'' ? Je me rappelle du Québec. / Je me souviens du Québec. / Je me rappelle le Québec.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 March 2017

17/03/17

Bonjour Paul !

Great question indeed!

The answer is linked to the fact that in French, countries are always used with definite articles:
"J'aime la France." - I love France.
See also our related lesson:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/using-le-la-l-les-with-continents-countries-and-regions-names

Therefore here, you will use either the contracted "du" (de+le) after "se souvenir" or "se rappeler", but you can also omit the "de" with "se rappeler", in which case you're left with "le".

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

mary

Kwiziq community member

17 September 2016

2 replies

. .

In the examples at the top of the page you say Je me souviens le premier cadeau que tu m'as fait. But in the explanation following it says Je me souviens du premier cadeau que tu m'as fait.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 September 2016

19/09/16

Bonjour Mary !

Yes, indeed, this is a mistake! The example should say "Je me rappelle le premier cadeau...", as you ALWAYS need "de" with "se souvenir".
It's now been fixed!

Merci beaucoup et à bientôt !

Michael

Kwiziq community member

3 September 2017

3/09/17

Trois réponses correctes:
1. "Je me rappelle le premier cadeau..."
2. "Je me rappelle du premier cadeau..."
3. "Je me souviens du premier cadeau..."

Diane

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2015

1 reply

so why is it Vous vous souvenez du chemin, et pas de chemin?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

19 November 2015

19/11/15

Bonjour Diane,

In English, we say "you remember the way" - note the article "the." In French, you need that article as well: "vous vous souvenez du chemin" - "du" is the contraction of "de" + "le."
Getting that for you now.