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Facon de Parler: French for Beginners 4th Edition [Paperback]

Angela Aries , Dominique Debney
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30 Jun 2001 0340913045 978-0340913048 4
This book(ISBN 9780340913048 ) does not include CDs, ISBN 9780340913062 includes the book and the CDs, ISBN 9780340913109 is for CDs only.

This lively, highly illustrative and communicative French course is designed to take adult beginners to GCSE level or equivalent. Whether you are learning for holiday, business or exam purposes, Façon de Parler 1 will guide you step by step through all the basic language skills and there is plenty of opportunity to practise what you have learnt.

Now in its fourth edition, the book has been revised and updated to reflect the innovations of the technological era, while retaining the strengths and familiarity of the previous edition. Illustrated dialogues and exercises, comprehension questions, structured pair- and group-work activities, and regular revision sections to consolidate learning feature in this gently paced and unintimidating course.

Façon de Parler 1 is ideal for home learners as well as class study.



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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 4 edition (30 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340913045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340913048
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Façon de Parler 1 is the first part of the two-volume, highly illustrative and communicative best-selling French course designed to take adult beginners step by step through all the basic language skills needed for holiday, business or exam purposes.

About the Author

Angela Aries has many years' teaching experience in French and EFL at Colleges of Further Education and Adult Education Institutes, in London and Essex. She has been an examiner for both written and oral French.

Dominique Debney is a former lecturer at Seevic, Essex FE College. She has taught evening classes preparing for the Intermediate Diploma of the Institute of Linguists. She also has many years' experience teaching at secondary level and as an examiner for French GCSE (writing) and A level (oral).


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. B. M. Abel VINE VOICE
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Bonjour a tous
No worries,You will not sound like Mr Rene if you decide to learn French with this great course.

Yes, "Facon de parler" is a great french textbook and will definitely give you a decent knowledge of French by the time you ve reach its last page. The course comes in 2 volumes.. bringing up from level zero up a decent GCSE level at the end.It comes with CDs and self study guide..i would definitely recomment that you get the whole package, specially if you re learning French on your own free time.

what to expect along the way ?
a clearly structured approach of the terryfing french gramnmar... (serious.. it does make it easy to understand)
Loads of words that can be used in everyday colloquial French giving you a knowledge of French that will be accurate and will sound close to what you will hear in the streets, when people are talking among themselves.

If you want to grab a decent knowledge of french without having that dreadful feeling of struggling for nothing over endless lists of verbs or God knows what kind of grammatical nightmares.. go for it .
buy the book and what comes with it and have a great time..
If you do have the chance, also, tune your radio on some french stations (france Inter, Europe 1, RTL )are all availables on LW, and even if you don t understand what is being said, this will Tremendously help you to grasp the specific french pronunciation.
But remember, la pratique aide a la perfection . practice makes perfect.

La langue francaise n est pas si difficile que cela..and that book REALLY does make the learning task easy and pleasant.

Amicales salutations a tous
et bonnes etudes
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not clear description of the product 9 Nov 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
A second book absolutely identical is available, the only difference is the price, but the description doesn't report the difference.....for me they were identical. Then, I chose the cheapest one.
I espected the book to come togheter with CDs, even if the common sense suggest that the higher the price the "richer" the product.
If I knew that CDs were not included I would have chosen the most expensive one between the two.
I suggest that the description of the book should be reviewed in order to make clear the difference between the one with CDs and the one without.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A friendly learning book for adult beginners 30 Jun 2010
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I bought this book as it is a friendly learning book with humerous situations. It is up to date and offers opportunuties for group work and homework. This book is also sold with cd's which I feel are essential for the teacher but not necessarily essential for the pupil. It has a nice broad outlook and progresses slowly but surely. Grammar inserts are also helpful. For adult groups it is an excellent book, as always solo learners need incentives to continue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 12 Jan 2009
By Nobody
Format:Paperback
You start off ready to memorize the vocab and grammar. The first thing is you are presented with French which you cannot read. Only later in each chapter does it briefly translate some of the words. Others leave you scratching your head even after you have reread the French part. I really do not want the 10th French word I learn to be 'guines pig'. I don't often use it in everyday conversations.

You have to memorize a bunch of made up people. You are expected to learn how Henri is related to Clare, where they live, what they live to drink, what they drive etc. So the memory space you had reserved for French is filled with this nonsense.

Then you come to the exercises, for which no answers are present. You have to wonder what the author was thinking. I don't want to solve French anagrams. The words still look like valid French to me. I want to know what the answer is.

I am not sure who the intended audience is. If its adults they must be sorry examples of adulthood. Not for me, I rate it poorly, and I am a true beginner in French.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars French primer for beginners. 17 April 2014
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Good content and takes you through the basics of the language, in an easy and steady way Used it for a year and now progress on to the next book. Thats a good recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Condition. 22 Feb 2014
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Considering it was second hand, I was amaised that it was in such good condition.
Yes I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good educational book 29 Oct 2013
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I would recommend this book to adult learners. Use it with the CD to help with the listening skills. The book takes you quickly to everyday situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what I needed to learn French.
Published 2 months ago by Doreen Nicholls
2.0 out of 5 stars Blanks filled in
Despite the description the book had been used and the answers filled in , in many of the chapters. Disappointing. Didn't have time to return it but class has folded anyway.
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If you are learning French then this book is the one to buy as it is very good for beginners especially with the great illustrations.
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Façon de Parler second hand. I was very happy to brought this book because I got it as it was new
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3.0 out of 5 stars Learning French
Bought this for my wife who is studying French at adult night shool. It is required for this course which works with the course content.
Published 21 months ago by S. E. MCCABE
5.0 out of 5 stars AG1
The book I purchased was exactly the one I was looking for and arrived in good time. Very pleased all round. Merci!
Published on 29 July 2012 by Esmerelda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book well Supplied
The book is an excellent read although works best in a group (of at least two?). Designed for use in a tutorial type environment as it encourages interaction and perhaps... Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by DennisC
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning at the speed of light!
I am a true beginner, I didn't even know how to say He/She/We/They in French! But now 88 pages through, I'm reading and writing no problem and even correcting other people on their... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Rebecca93
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