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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Rev Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405301007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405301008
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N MURPHY on 1 Jan 2012
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My French education ended in 1976, with a less-than-brilliant C grade at O-level. And since then I had barely touched the subject. The result was that I could barely claim to have even a basic level of French when it came to applying for a job that demanded a working knowledge of it. So I looked for a course that would rapidly bring my French back up to the level it had once been. I had tried the Collins Easy Learning French course but that, though pretty good, is perhaps better suited to the complete novice wanting to pick up a smattering of the language prior to a holiday or business trip; it doesn't develop well enough the reading and writing skills. But the Hugo course is absolutely terrific. It's very well-paced, slowly building in complexity, bringing out all the key grammatical points and steadily unveiling the language's vocabulary. It's also excellent value for money. One other thing: it's possible to get through a week's work in just an hour or two, so it would be possible to 'brush up' one's French very quickly.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2006
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Having just started a Spanish degree, I thought I'd try my hand at French, which I did badly at in my GCSEs 5 years ago. By using this book I was able to use constructions way ahead of the level expected. This is because the book gives you the information you need to learn how to speak French, whereas most textbooks give you a few phrases in an illogical manner.
Do not be surprised if this book challenges you- some chapters seem very difficult and will make you sweat, but stick with it and you'll soon be rewarded by speaking kick-ass French. I'm on week 8 now and my reward for finishing week 12 will be the advanced CD edition so I can pronounce the stuff better.
This book is the best way to learn French solidly, and, at five pounds, an absolute bargain. Oh yes.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. McManus VINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2008
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If you want French for a short holiday or business trip, then this is NOT the best book to buy. In that case I would recommend something like "Teach Yourself Instant French". However, if you have a more advanced interest in the French language and improving your competency in it, then this book is a sound investment at a very good "price-paid-to-skills-gained" ratio. This will be good for fine tuning and polishing your French studies.

I bought this job before taking a job in the European parliament, and found that it greatly improved my knowledge of French. This will be good for A level students and others with an advanced interest in the language who need it significantly "polished" to give it a professional edge.

The book has a number of clear strengths. One is the excellent run down of grammar, from verb tenses to negation to noun genders. Another is the excellent end of unit tests where the previous four chapters knowledge is tested. There are also plenty of exercise questions in each chapter to really drill home the skills learned.

The book does have one major weakness. The exercise questions sometimes are a little unclear: for example you may be asked to translate "you want it" and it is unclear to the reader if it means you (vous) or you as directed at the reader, which would be I (je). This can be a little irritating. Another weakness is the transliteration, where the book attempts to spell out phonetically what certain French words sound like, and this is not always very accurately done. Therefore, be sure you buy the CDs as well.

All in all the book is a good, and having worked in French speaking countries, I can testify that it is a sound investment for those with an advanced interest in the language who need their French fine tuned. For those with a more casual interest in the language or who need a holiday phrases course, then look elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janie in Suffolk on 18 Sep 2011
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I've only just started this course and I think it will give a good basic grounding in French. I wanted more than just holiday French and this seems well organised and easy to follow. My four stars rather than five is because the CD's are not as good as I'd hoped, though they are adequate enough and are good to check pronunciation, they whizz through the sections very quickly. I won't be learning it in three months because I am not doing an hour a day, but it probably could be done.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sep 2005
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I bought this having studied French to Olevel years ago (and I wasn't very good even in those days!). However I've been really surprised how much I've been able to (re)learn having studied this book for two weeks only on my comute for an hour or so a day You may need to have some knowledge of the language and not be a complete beginner, it's difficult for me to say as I have also studied other Latin languages to a degree level. However if you are familiar with learning languages and/or have learnt some French in the past, I'm sure this book will be of real use to you. The vocab is modern and relevant including such words as CD, computer etc and the grammar is to the point and organised in a very logical manner (for example all the different ways of saying "what" put together and explained). It was a very worthwhile purchase for me at such a good price. You will have a very good basic knowledge of French if you work your way through this book. There are CDs to go with the book but I've not bought them and so can't comment on them.
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