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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2007
This book held all the vocabulary I needed for A level, but :

Since moving to France, I have found that the content is very outmoded, or plain wrong. Expressions are out of context, or mistranslated, and it can't be relied up on if you plan to use French in the real world.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2000
This is an excellent book. As an A-level student I have read and found it very informative. If you're not a student but want to learn French it is also good, however you should have a basic knowledge of French for this book to make sense. It has high level phrases and idioms which are acceptable in school exams and used by the French. the book will easily assist you in becoming a true Francophone. An all round excellent educative book, and that in being it's strongest point is also it's weakest. Do not use this book if you don't have a decent knowledge of French, the chances are you may drown, other than that the book is definitely worth a four out of five.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2004
Having used Palabra por Palabra and Mot a Mot at A-Level I made sure I got a copy for myself to take to uniersity - I now own the German version Wort fur Wort too! The vocab is linked by theme, ideal for essay writing, conversation or interpreting preparation. I find the chapter with all those essential essay expressions is used in all my written assignments!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2003
The only problem with Mot a Mot is that it really is an ADVANCED guide to french vocabulary. The vocab is aimed at university students, or those working at a standard higher than AS/A level since only a preportion of the words fit into the AS/A level syllabus.
So, if you are a uni student or just generally at a high standard in french, then i would definately recommend this book. Otherwise, i would go for something aimed at a AS/A level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
This book should be called 'lazy way to revise vocabulary for GCSE, A Level and university exams without having to look for it yourself'. Sometimes, when perhaps my exams are in a few hours, I use this book to help me regurgitate phrases in my writing. This makes me look clever and like I am bothered about the French language.

The book is divided into sections, such as 'the environment' and 'sport'. This makes me seem educated about a comprehensive range of boring topics France throws at me. Moreover, one could say that it is indeed possible to write entire sentences that are widely considered to have no sound basis or direction apart from various phrases, insofar as to increase word count. This is the real reason anyone uses Mot à Mot.

Perhaps a little outdated now, but I am too cheap to buy the new edition so this doesn't matter to me that much.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2005
This should be a set text for all French AS/A level students - it covers vocab by topic, meaning that you can look up/learn vocab as you go through the topics in the syllabus, and it also has a handy section at the front with phrases for use in essays or spoken work.
This version also has links to websites at the end of topics, which means you can check out articles relating to the topic straight after having learnt the vocab.
I would recommend this to anyone studying AS/A level French and above - the sort of vocab it gives often pops up in listening exercises and reading comprehensions, especially since they have synonym sections now.
Bonne chance!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2003
I bought this book 18 months ago after commencing an A-Level in French, and as I progressed through the syllabic topics I found the lists of vocabulary to be extremely comprehensive, up-to-date and pertinent. They proved to be extremely useful all around, for discursive writing, oral activities, class discussions and reading activities; and knowing even just a selection of the words from each section of the book helped to boost my general confidence in French phenomenonly, not to mention my marks, immensely helping me attain such high grades.
The initial section of essay phrases was absolutely indispensible for writing tasks and in preparation for my A2 oral, in which I wouldn't have been able to debate so intensely against the strong, forceful arguments and stances with which I was faced without the help of this book.
You can't possibly go wrong by buying this book. It's very reasonably priced and is small and portable enough to be carried everywhere, whether for vocabulary revision or for communicating with French people. It is ideal for any A-Level French syllabus and will not let you down!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 March 2012
This book is divided into specialisms such as La Vie Economique and Les Rapports Humains as well as having a general section. It has a huge number of words and expressions in an easy-to-read format. My reservations are that it is not simple to find the French for what you are trying to say and that the lists tend towards being useful for the business visitor to France. It would also be very helpful for controlled assessments for public exams where vocabulary on a particular topic is required. I went through it underlining in red the phrases I thought I would need as a general speaker/reader and learned them. In this way I found it a valuable accompaniment to improving my French. (I have reviewed and tagged many Learning French items on my Profile page.) In particular the Breakthrough French series is excellent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2002
The best thing about this book is that when you first open it you don't feel overloaded with information - it feels manageable even to the point that you don't mind keeping this small book in your bag all the time. However, at the same time, there is plenty of information/ideas for a fruitful discussion. The first chapter provides expressions for starting,describing and concluding an argument; various levels of agreement and disagreement; all to make you sound like a fully fledged member of the chattering classes.The other chapters cover broad topics like human relations, urban/country life; health, work, education etc which are again broken down into sub-categories to provide you with useful, up-to-date vocabulary/expressions so that you can locate what you need quite quickly. If you have GSCE plus knowledge you could use this book to discuss one of the above topics without needing recourse to a dictionary and futhermore the linking of ideas has been done for you
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on 24 April 2014
I have never ordered or received this item. I do not study French or have any desire to do so. Have I been charged for this? If so how much and I ask for an immediate refund and explanation. Thank you.
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