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French For Dummies

French For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Dodi-Katrin Schmidt , Michelle M. Williams , Dominique Wenzel
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The fast, informal way to learn to speak French - with integrated audio clips throughout. Listen to pronunciations and conversations.  

French is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn. Whether you need to learn the language for a French class, or you travel overseas for business or leisure, this enhanced edition of French for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-follow format, with integrated audio clips, it gives you just what you need for basic communication in French. The enhanced edition includes: 

  • Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations
  • Useful exercises, practice questions, and a mini-dictionary

Business, an upcoming class, travel – whatever your reason for wanting to learn a new language but don't have time to take a class, this enhanced edition of French For Dummies can get you well on your way to becoming fluent in no time!

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The fast and informal way to learn to speak French Bonjour! If you′re looking to reach a comfort level in conversational French, this hands–on, friendly guide gets you up and running with the language. Here, you′ll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you′ll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real–life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini dictionary, exercises, practice opportunities, and more. French 101 — learn how to pronounce the French alphabet, numbers, and common words, and get a handle on the basic grammar you′ll need to know to speak French Voila! — start practicing your French–speaking skills in everyday situations, like asking for directions to the Eiffel Tower or expressing your love for fromage Start talkin′ the talk — get the know–how to confidently navigate public transportation, find a hotel room, exchange money, and handle an emergency on your excursion to France or any other French–speaking country The power of dix — discover ten ways to pick up French quickly, ten things never to say in French, ten favorite French expressions, and ten phrases that′ll make people think you′re a local Open the book and find: How to make sense of basic French grammar Tips to improve your pronunciation Strategies to get a handle on verb conjugations Idioms and popular expressions Advice on getting around in France and other French–speaking countries Fun games and activities to reinforce learning Dialogues throughout the book and on the accompanying CD Audio CD Includes Real–life dialogues in French that reinforce lessons from the book Learn to: Speak French quickly and effectively Master basic grammar, verb conjugations, vocabulary, and pronunciations Take your skills to the next level with real–life conversations on the accompanying CD

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8792 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (8 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XBYL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adequate but ... 2 April 2012
By Doc Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
... it has not decided its focus. It is neither a phrase book nor a grammar nor a true learning tool. French is not a language easy to transcribe in sounds and the attempt to do so clutters up the pages by having the phrases spelled out in English-type sounds throughout. The grammar is barely analysed and when it is, the instructions are somewhat laborious. The book, as a whole, is quite difficult to navigate so that, if you want to find a particular point that you have forgotten, it takes a while to find the appropriate place. There is a useful list of "faux amis" (words which look as if they mean the same in French as English but don't) but it is placed at the beginning where you are unlikely to need it. For example, the word "actuellement" is one which you will use when you are more advanced in conversation. I also find the book slightly awkward to handle and believe that there are many better manuals on the market, all available from Amazon. I have reviewed many of them (see under the tag Learning French on my Profile Page) but would recommend Breakthrough French, Teach Yourself French, Practice Makes Perfect (written only grammar)or Michel Thomas way ahead of this rather clumsy book. Many of these have CD's or are entirely audio (Michel Thomas). If all you want is a holiday phrase book, then it is better to buy a pocket one and if you want to learn the language to talk to French people further, be prepared to buy a series which will take you through the various stages. Listen to French radio (a bit to the left of Radio 4 long wave) to get a feel for the accent as this book does not give a sense of nasals or clipped vowels. As one who has recently brushed up my rusty French I really cannot recommend this book as there are so many preferable methods, whether you are polishing or learning from scratch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY HELPFUL BOOK 4 Nov 2013
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2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected! 2 April 2014
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No cd provided with it...and bad condition, so very disappointed because that was not what i expected at all!! The cd was mentionned so should have been in the book!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version 28 Feb 2014
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Very good, especially for helping with pronunciation. The only problem is that the text tables do not format properly when downloaded to a kindle, they do not fit on the kindle page so you can only read part of them. Altering the font size and margins on the kindle does not seem to help this problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the cover! 3 Feb 2014
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The 'dummies' guides are well known and for good reason. This one is engaging and makes the topic easy to get into - something not easy to achieve in a textbook / language manual. Cheap price.
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