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Colloquial French: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 30 Nov 1995

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (30 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 0415120896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415120890
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Oswell on 5 April 2005
Format: Paperback
There is a brand of outdoor wood tratment whose tag line is that it "does what is says on the label". I would commend this book and its accompanying cd as doing precisely that: they thoroughly cover common situations in modern everyday French. The cd appears to be spoken by real French people at a normal conversational pace.
Essential grammar is clearly explained and there are plenty of practice exercises. The variety of dialogues from chapter to chapter encourage learners to keep going, and vocabulary is built naturally through read - understand - use.
Its real advantage for me over other courses is its simplicity: so many other courses seem to lack direction, being laid out more like magazines, not offering a language learner a straightforward path to competence. Alan Moys' little book is an admirably direct and effective way to get to grips with the French language.
Proviso - although it is supposed to be useable by absolute beginners, I usually use it for students who already have a few notions of the language.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Snap Happy Larry on 31 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent. I have recently returned to learning French after a seven year break. I have read a number of instant/introductory French books lately and this is the best of them.
It not only covers the basics in being able to understand and to be understood (like most instant french books), but also deals with some of the more challenging grammar later on.
The balance between tackling enough new material to maintain progress but not becoming confused is about right.
The chapters are sensible in their grouping and choice, and with each new chapter there is a new verb(s) and grammar.
There are passages in french followed immediately by the exact english translation. Vocabulary is no problem since there is a list at the back of the book.
Another advantages to the book are the exercerises, that pleasingly have the accompanying answers at the back of the book. This relieves the uncertainty in completeing excersise to which you have no answers.
A well rounded interesting book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Catrina H Lykowski on 22 May 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Need to already have a basic knowledge of french before using this book, therefore not suitable for beginners, however, very good for intermediate learners
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Dialogues 2 Dec 2009
By Brian Egras - Published on
Format: Paperback
I own many resources for learning French and I find M. Moys's set to be a great resource for practicing your listening skills. The dialogues start off pretty easy and progress through both discs, with the last few dialogues being at full conversational speed and even muffle some words like they are actually spoken by native speakers. You get a chance to learn most of the verb tenses, grammar points, and some good vocabulary. I found both the primary male and female speakers to be enjoyable and the subjects of the dialogues to be interesting.

Even though this set starts off teaching the alphabet and numbers, it moves along at a quick clip. I think it is a great tool for the high-intermediate student. Make sure you have your finger on the pause button!!
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Absolutely horrible - Will Make You Fall Asleep! 22 Dec 2002
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Format: Hardcover
I have studed a lot of french conversational books and cassettes - this book is by far the worst. Actually, horrible. The book alone makes no sense as it jumps (chapter to chapter) from basic grammar and converational information to advanced grammar and conversational information and back again to basic - with the result being a mix of information that is useless. The two cassettes are a real joke as the speakers speak as though they are speed reading (reading they are - simply reading with no tone of voice whatsoever) and it is virtually impossible to keep up or understand plus it puts you to sleep it is so boring. In one conversation a social worker is asking a single mother about her day and the hours she and her young son keep - well the mother replies at a speed no human being would use unless she were reading from a pre-written script!!! It is not "conversational" at all - it is "speed speaking" and demands "speed listening". I would definitely not waste any money on this. The "Living Lanugage" or "Teach Yourself" kits are far superior and you don't need a speed listening course or have to listen to a boring fellow with an English accent who will only quickly put you to sleep.
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