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on 28 February 2014
Barron's language guides are a mixed bag. This one is not too bad. There is no pretence at lexicography but this guide is nevertheless a very useful pocket reference to current French idioms. It is, however, nowhere near as good as le Robert d'expressions et locutions (In French). Students should find it OK for A-level and early degree French. It is also useful, though limited, for professional translators.
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on 18 April 2013
This was really disappointing. We bought 3 books and as they were in the same series anticipated they would have the same format. The French book does not have a section giving an english expression or cross referencing in any useful way. I had hoped it would provide useful phrases that help make language more fluent. You have to know what you are looking for in French to be able to find it. Frankly a complete waste of time. I looked at the German and Spanish books which were fine with a useful cross reference. Dont bother with the French book - if you know the phrases already then you dont need this book. Hopefully other publishers will have a more useful book.
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on 10 April 2017
Really good. Delivered in good time.
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on 29 December 2012
This is a really well put together offering. It makes your language much more relaxed. The book is well presented and accessible. Better for those with a good grasp of French.
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on 19 December 2014
very useful
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on 5 November 2010
I'm not too sure whether there is any real advantage in this 'idioms' dictionary / guide in preference to a general, complete dictionary. Most larger dictionaries include the kind of idioms found in this guide. I would also have expected entries to include french idioms that have some circulation in english such as 'faux pas' and others.
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