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Facon de Parler: French for Beginners 4th Edition Paperback – 30 Jun 2006

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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: 24.6 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

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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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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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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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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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 French. I think the people in previous reviews simply made the mistake of buying a book for beginners (even though it clearly says it on the title). This book is for anyone who's clueless like me and needs something to help them learn fast.
It's also a lot of fun, I found myself turning off my laptop and doing this instead. 5 stars!
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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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Didn't get 4th edition. Got 5th so massive problem in the class as I keep having to find the corresponding page and some of the text is new.
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This French course is very well known and highly effective: it is widely used in adult education classes, and has the merit of integrating written text and exercises with audio CDs. An important feature is the use of experienced actors' voices which add realism - and also humour - to the course. I recommend it unreservedly. Facon De Parler: French for Beginners: Pt. 1
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The book is good but, initially, should be used with a teacher. A friend who also bought a copy is a complete beginner and found it confusing and hard to follow at first. The vocabulary for the exercise just done is often found on the following page so you are speaking phrases without knowing the meaning and you have to keep turning ahead. We are learning with a teacher which helps.
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