on 14 May 2003
This book in it's layout and information is good. It contains alot of information and techniques for learning the French grammar, and it does this in a very easy way. The book also contains the odd cultural note about France, this helps to keep the idea that the person is learning something extremely useful, instead of something purely academical in the readers mind. The only problem I found with this book is that it goes through one rule, then expects the reader to have earned it by the next chapter without any father promting or coaching; though overall this is a very good buy.
Not the title you want if your aims are to be quickly understood in a casual chat, this book is excellent for unpicking the dizzying complexities of French grammar. Moves quite quickly, so you can't shirk the excersizes if you want to get any value out of it, the only real problem is that a chapter feels like a major undertaking.
Presented in a readable style, without any of the patronising tone so common to language books.
on 9 June 2008
That's an excellent book and I really recommend it to those searching for a review and those that want to generally improve their abilities. Extremely detailed, containing lots of examples and clear explanations. However, there could be more exercises (that's why 4, not 5). Anyway, I strongly recommend this book for intermediate/advanced level (also for beginners but only those strongly motivated :).
on 19 January 2010
I am a French teacher, and I use this book for advanced students. It makes a good review, but is much too jam-packed for a beginner. I also don't know about its being "ultimate," but under the right circumstances, it can be very useful. Leigh Arrathoon, M.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.