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Easy French (Usborne Easy Languages) [Hardcover]

Katie Daynes , Nicole Irving
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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22 Feb 2002 0746047185 978-0746047187
A fast-rack French course for beginners. It offers a thorough grounding in French grammar and everyday phrases, building up the reader's knowledge in simple stages. An adventure story is woven into the text, following a trio of characters on a treasure hunt. There are puzzles and tests.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (22 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746047185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746047187
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool book! 18 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book and very good value for money. Bang up-to-date with topics and language. Really clever way of keeping topics interesting by adding cartoon strips. Links to the Usborne website and other relevant websites are very useful for testing your progress. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn French in a fun and easy way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 14 April 2011
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A very clever way of learning, and it's given me a far easier war of sentence building..something I've really struggled with until now. An ideal book for kiddies too. If you're really wanting to get to grips with French then I'd thoroughly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to French 20 July 2012
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This is an excellent introduction to French. It progressively introduces new text and grammar followed by an ongoing story which uses to good effect what you have just learnt. I spent 5 years at school learning French and quite frankly I got further in the couple of weeks reading this book. This book should be a standard text at schools as it is clearly written and the step by step approach interspersed with a fun story to follow is a great way of making you want to learn the next stage so you can find out what happens. Whilst the story is just a simple one, by the time you have read it, you realise just how much French you have actually learnt and you know every word in the text and why it is there. Thoroughly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy french 28 Mar 2012
By frances
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I speak French fluently and wanted to purchase a book for a friend who was having some difficulty with grammar. I bought this book for her and she was absolutely delighted. It explains the basics really well, putting things in context with illustrations. She has since recommended it to other people.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Jan 2012
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Brilliant book for all ages. A clear introduction and/or reminder for all. It seems aimed at young people given the ongoing story but the grammatical explanations are the best I have ever seen, it introduces ideas in a logical order and the whole book is useful for any age. I am developing my French (at the age of 50) as I have a house in France and spend quite a lot of time there - I am always referring back to the book even though I am having lessons. It says Easy French but the book covers more than you would think, including the imperfect, future and conditional tenses. Well worth the investment - as you can tell I could not recommend it highly enough - you will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any new student of French 28 Aug 2012
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I recently picked up French again at the age of 25 having not studied it since GCSE (grade A), and have worked my way through a number of resources (may I recommend also Paul Collins French Audio Course which is excellent), and both this book and actually if you are a complete novice, Usborne French for beginners, are two excellent resources to aid your learning. Easy French really helps to put together the different tenses and sentence structure in a clear and easy to follow manner. The book is split into double page spreads of information and then the next spread is a story which uses the new material. The only down side is that there doesn't appear to be an intermediate version using the same idea, the closest thing is probably La Vie Celibataire by Yvonne Bruton which Amazon provide in Kindle form.

I am a teacher (of Mathematics) but I would strongly recommend this book to any parent who wants to encourage their child to continue with their French as they are simply not given enough time at school to do this, you cannot learn a language given 1-2 hours a a week. This book is fun and brings you along in leaps and bounds, and also as with most usborne texts they have internet links provided as of course you must listen to the language as well, most of the links seem to find their way back to the BBC and are short clips in french, but they are still good given that they are free.

A really excellent must buy, get it for your children and don't allow them to lose the fantastic opportunity they have to learn a langauge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 28 July 2012
By Carol
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The story is very child like but gives one a chance to practice and feel more confident about their reading. The explanation of how the langue works and the rules are explained very simple compared to other French learning books. Even though I knew about verbs, adjective etc I found there was addition information I was not aware of and suddenly many things in French grammar became clear to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 2 July 2012
Format:Paperback
I wanted a simple primer for a 10 year old. But I've used this very useful book more than they have, so far! It provides a very accessible introduction to basics of French grammar. The story, although designed for a younger audience, move vocabulary along enough to provide a useful reader for a rusty returner to French.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldnt say this was easy french.
I speak a little french. I wouldnt say this was easy french.
Published 1 month ago by Sharron
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Fun but rigourous, as language learning can and must be. Needs to be supplemented to reinforce what is covered in each chapter - Usborne provide suggested internet links for this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners & refreshers!
Purchased to brush-up on school French to help with Grandson"s learning.
Probably good for conversational learning and using abroad when on holiday
Published 5 months ago by Dance Daft
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy
Very well put together.

Done in a manner that supports learning. I would recommend this product to a novice to moderate user.
Published 6 months ago by N. Rodney
1.0 out of 5 stars never arrived
this book never arrived, very disappointed as it was one sensible thing my daughter asked for as a Christmas present
Published 8 months ago by Deborah Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy French
Just a little addendum to the many other excellent reviews on this publication. I so enjoyed reading this book and learning new vocabulary along the way and was astonished to hear... Read more
Published 14 months ago by L.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars As simple and good as they say
Good to have a simple easy intro to French. As an adult with a French partner its really working for me.
Published 14 months ago by M. Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to learn basic French.
This is exactly what I wanted to restart my schoolgirl French. Very easy to understand and links to extra help on internet.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Lynn Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book
I love this book; it has helped me improve my French and the web links are really helpful. Would thoroughly recommend this.
Published 15 months ago by H
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought to help remember French learnt in school.
This book is very good in explaining the Grammar used in French and the illustrated storyline is very good but I find it difficult to remember the correct Grammar, tenses and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fishpond
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