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First Thousand Words in French: Sticker Book (First Thousand Words Sticker Book)
First Thousand Words in French: Sticker Book (First Thousand Words Sticker Book)
by Heather Amery
Edition: Paperback

73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the children's French vocabulary building up, 13 Dec. 2002
I'm a native French speaker and I bought this book to use as teaching material in private tuition.
This is the next step up after Usborne First Hundred Words in French and Everyday Words in French. The slightly less childish style, the very busy scenes featuring 30 to 40 words, the wealth of basic vocabulary make it a very useful tool for learners of a wide range of ages (though most of the central characters remain children).
All the labels and titles are written in French only, which is good as it encourages learners to associate French words directly with objects, people or concepts without the distraction of an English translation. In case of any doubt a full glossary is provided at the end of the book. It includes an approximate pronunciation guide which is easy to read but does not replace the guidance of a native speaker.
This sticker version is virtually identical to the non-sticker version, apart from the fact that most of the little labelled pictures illustrating a word take the form of small stickers located on insert pages. Stick them on the spaces provided on the relevant pages as they are learnt and see the vocabulary building up.


First 1000 Words: Italian (First Thousand Words Mini)
First 1000 Words: Italian (First Thousand Words Mini)
by Heather Amery
Edition: Paperback

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical accessory for building up basic vocabulary, 13 Dec. 2002
I use First Thousand Words in French with my private tutees, and I thought I would experiment on myself what it is like to learn vocabulary from this series, so I got the Italian version.
The small format version make it more handy to carry around and more suitable for use by adults. The redesigned cover won't embarrass you in public places.
One can learn the words thanks to the little labelled pictures in the margin, then ignore these, look at the central scene and spot and name the objects in situation. Easy, effective and a good way to utilise spare minutes.
The pronunciation and stress guide provided for each word in the glossary is easy to understand, but the paragraphs giving the general rules of pronunciation and stress are brief and sketchy. I have had to read on that somewhere else.
Definitely not a self-contained teach-yourself method, but a practical accessory for building up basic vocabulary easily.


First 100 Words in French Sticker Book (Usborne First Hundred Words Sticker Books)
First 100 Words in French Sticker Book (Usborne First Hundred Words Sticker Books)
by Heather Amery
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the younger beginners, great stickers, 11 Dec. 2002
I bought this sticker book to use as teaching material in private tuition (I'm a native French speaker) and find it a useful starting point.
This book contains 14 colourful scenes from which are extracted about 6 to 8 words with corresponding stickers to be located on insert pages. Each sticker shows a picture of the object or person labelled in French with the English equivallent in smaller type. At the end of the book there is also a compilation of 30 words to be matched with their pictures and a full glossary with (approximate) pronunciation guide.
The scenes are busy enough to provide lots of scope for talking or reviewing and introducing more vocabulary.
The stickers can be stuck in the book in the spaces provided, but they are suitable for making your own little flascards or lotto game, etc...
The vocabulary is in the register of everyday words, such as clothes, parts of the body, bath time, bed time, meals, toys, colours, etc. so it is easy to make the children use them in real situations.
The style of illustration and the large type are aimed at young children, which should make it suitable for initiating kids from pre-reading age. Older than about 10, other books from the same publisher, Usborne Book of Everyday Words in French or First 1000 Words in French would perhaps be a more appealing choice.
In my copy (2002 edition) the labels on page 7 about breakfast (le bain, le ventre, le canard) should be swoped with those on page 26 about the bathroom (instead of la pomme, l'orange, la banane). This sloppiness costs it a star in my rating.


The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in French (Usborne Everyday Words)
The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in French (Usborne Everyday Words)
by Jo Litchfield
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive, very useful, 11 Dec. 2002
I'm a native French speaker and I bought this book to use as teaching material in private tuition.
The appeal of this bright and colourful book is immediate, especially to fans of Walace and Gromit like me. All those busy scenes full of carefully modelled people and objects, printed on nice and smooth heavyweight paper! There is a lot to look at and plenty of opportunity for talking and reviewing or introducing more vocabulary than is actually labelled on the page.
All the labels and titles are written in French only, which is good as it encourages children to associate French words directly with objects, without the distraction of an English translation. In case of any doubt a full glossary is provided at the end of the book. It includes an approximate pronunciation guide which is easy to read but does not replace the guidance of a native speaker.
Overall this is a very attractive and useful tool for introducing French to children of all ages. Even though a few scenes are of appeal only to young children, such as the classroom (with paint and brushes), the playground (with slide, swings and paddling pool) or the bedroom (with toys), it can also help learners in secondary education to acquire useful basic vocabulary. Pages on food, transport, clothes, for example, are particularly good for that purpose.


Everyday Words in French: Sticker Book (Usborne Everyday Words Sticker Books)
Everyday Words in French: Sticker Book (Usborne Everyday Words Sticker Books)
by Felicity Brooks
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply printed, buy it only for the stickers, 11 Dec. 2002
I'm a native French speaker and I bought this book to use as teaching material in private tuition.
Compared to the excellent non-sticker version of The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in French, this is a disappointment. A cut-down version, with only half the number of pages, 40 percent of the vocabulary (213 words), no glossary. Instead of the nice and smooth heavyweight paper of its big brother, it is printed on cheaper material which does not do the pictures justice. All those busy scenes appear dull and flat, much of the sharpness and 3D effect created by the carefully modelled people and objects are lost.
Fortunately, the 213 stickers (picture of an object with French label), as nice and glossy as they should be, are worth the buy. Stick them in the book in the spaces provided, or, better still, make your own little cards, et voilà, you have a great activity book for introducing French to children of all ages. Use them in conjunction with the lovely full version as a great lotto game.


100 Premiers Mots (First 100 Words)
100 Premiers Mots (First 100 Words)
by No Author
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Good range of vocabulary, but spoilt by English translation, 11 Dec. 2002
I'm a native French speaker and I bought this book to use as teaching material in private tuition.
This hardback book contains 12 colourful familiar scenes offering a good variety of situations (the family, getting dressed, mealtime, in town, on the farm, at the seaside, at the shops, bath time, bedtime, etc) and a useful selection of everyday vocabulary. From each scene are extracted about 8 or 9 objects or people labelled in French with the English equivalent.
My main objection is that the English translation is far too prominent and distracting, and altogether superfluous: is it really necessary to write "tree" in large type under a picture of a tree labelled "l'arbre"? And from a purely aesthetic point of view the 2 fonts displayed at identical sizes clash quite unattractively.
It is probably a matter of personal taste but I also find the illustrations slightly substandard. I am sure it is meant to be Art NaÔf and to emulate children paintings, but to me it comes across as a bit too crude and awkward. The colour schemes are quite harmonious though, and everybody smiles charmingly, even the fish in the sea. It is, in any case, clearly aimed at young children only.
Despite these criticisms it is altogether good value for a hardback at that price, and should provide a useful tool for introducing French to young children (especially if you can find a way to neatly tipex out those translations!).


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