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Berlitz: Shortcut to French [Paperback]

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19 May 2006 Berlitz Shortcut
A revolutionary way to learn a language, "Shortcut to French" offers instant time-saving techniques to help you learn basic French words and build simple sentences. You only need to learn 100 French words in order to speak over 500 of the most useful phrases. In just 100 words, you can: meet people, communicate effectively, navigate your way, book restaurants and hotels, read a menu, enjoy shopping and much more! This book also contains bonus materials to help you gain confidence in speaking French, including: language and culture tips, dictionary and, a user-friendly phonetic system.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Berlitz Language; 1 Blg edition (19 May 2006)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 981246753X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812467539
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 5.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars useful little book 6 April 2013
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I found this book very handy for learning basic words and phrases, a good companion along with a dictionary/verb conjugator
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4.0 out of 5 stars TravelSite.com's review of Berlitz Shortcut to French 27 Dec 2006
By Carole Herdegen - Published on Amazon.com
Reviewed by Richard Herdegen

Unfortunately, to acquire fluency in another language is something that doesn't happen overnight. However, there are numerous "shortcuts" marketed as "instant" teaching aides for learning a foreign language. The question then becomes, "Which one will do the best job for me?"

If one subscribes to name recognition for direction, such as Gillette is to shaving products, then the name Berlitz is immediately associated with language tuition.

"Shortcut to French" by Berlitz is a small, pocket size, soft-cover book for anyone requiring a quick introduction to French. It does not take on the task of teaching grammar and language construction but rather provides the reader with 100 words that assist in compiling some 500 French phrases predominantly used by a tourist or visitor.

What takes this booklet to the head of its class is the fact that Berlitz has devoted research time not only to investigate the 100 most used words but has also taken the steps to provide the phonetic pronunciation of these words to the reader. And, the latter is particularly helpful with the French language insofar as many of the words are pronounced quite differently than they appear in writing, especially to an American. In fact, without audio assistance, phonetic pronunciation is absolutely essential to speak French properly.

Realistically, the booklet is not magical. However, if one becomes familiar with its contents, it can be a tremendous assist when attempting to communicate in a completely French environment. In this regard, the publisher has sectioned the booklet in such a way that by simply "flipping" of the pages, the reader will quickly find his area of need, e.g. "meeting people", "accommodations", "problems and emergencies" and, of course, "dictionary". I would rate this book high on the list of requirements to have handy when visiting a French speaking country.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Useful 19 Nov 2011
By John Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
Compared to the other pocket French book I bought this one was not very helpful. There weren't as many useful phrases and the language was very formal. Any information is helpful if you are starting from square one like I was, but this wasn't the pocket book that I could just whip out and be able to communicate with like the other one was.
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