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1001 Most Useful French Words (Beginners' Guides) [Paperback]

Marcella Ottolenghi Buxbaum
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28 Mar 2003 0486419444 978-0486419442
This practical, inexpensive volume features over 1,000 common French words, each accompanied by a French sentence demonstrating proper usage. Also included are definitions arranged by such categories as family, food, numbers, and more. (These words are not repeated in the alphabetical section.) A page of Vocabulary Tips explains how to easily recognize hundreds of French/English cognates.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486419444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486419442
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn Vocab 7 April 2005
Written by Marcella Ottolenghi Bauxbaum it is only 54 pages long but contains a lot more than it first seems. The book is almost like a dictionary but a little more helpful as it puts words into context to get their true meaning. Unlike a dictionary which normally contains one section for French > English, this one only contains the French.
The book is divided up into 3 sections:
Alphabetical (Dictionary) Section (pages 1 - 49)
Category Section (pages 50 - 53)
Vocabulary Tips (page 54)
Alphabetically listed, the book contains a French word in bold type, whether it is masculine/feminine/plural (or neither), the English meaning and then two sentences: the first being an example in French of how the word could be used and the second is it's English meaning.
Couverture f. blanket J'aurai besoin d'une couverture de laine parce qu'il fait froid la nuit. I shall need a wool blanket because it is cold at night.
Poli polite Les enfants doivent toujours etre polis avec les grandes personnes en France. Children must always be polite to older people in France.
Although I am unable to put in the different styles of text e.g. bold, the French word is bold and the French sentence is in italics which helps when reading the book or it would seem like a endless page of text.
As you might have guessed from the title of the book, there are 1001 of these French words in the book - each in the same style as mentioned above. Now from a student's perspective or those who may be looking for a specific word, this is not a book which is the easiest to use as reference.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out-dated 20 May 2009
At such a low price it's hard to complain, but the words and sentences used in this book are now far out-dated, and the only purpose it served during my time in France was as an amusing read whilst on the Metro. All of the words and sentences which are still of any use are at such a level that most GCSE students would be comfortable using them. Overall it was of little use in developing any linguistic skill, so you'd be best sticking to some sort of short course introductory book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book 24 Feb 2013
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I bought this book after reading the reviews, I found the best way for me to use it is to open a page, find a word and learn the sentence containing the word, the first one was " Ivre, (drunk) that man is completely drunk" Bit by bit you learn how to put words into sentences and build on your french learning, the only negative, if you can realy call it a negative and is the reason I choose random sentences, is that all the words are in french so are not easy to find without a dictionary if you're new to the language. All in all a valuable, inexpensive little book to help you build in depth French vocabulary. Highly recommended, a valuable addition to my fast growing collection of French learning books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great little book for the really useful words you mainly need to get by in French speaking countries. It also puts words into sentences which I find very useful. A really handy book at a very small price
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 5 May 2008
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For the price, this is a must buy for anyone learning French.

All words are placed in context with a French sentence alongside an English translation.

The sentences are in different tenses, use a variety of grammar etc; a really fun way to widen your knowledge of everyday French.

Worth every penny!
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3.0 out of 5 stars didnt help 11 April 2014
By maggiem
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did not help with any words i needed whilst on holiday ,, , would not take on holiday again..useless ok
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money 26 Jan 2014
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Don't waste your money just use Google translate instead. No accompying audio a must when trying to learn a language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reading to learn 20 Jan 2014
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I find it very useful for re-statrting advanced French. Because the example are so natural and build on each other you can read youir way through the vocabulary. Of significant practical use. A pity there is no audio-cassette with it , refreshing listening a little.
Well priced.
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