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French For Dummies, with CD, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-00464-7
384 pages
August 2011
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The fast, informal way to learn to speak French - with integrated audio clips throughout. Listen to pronunciations and conversations.  

French is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn. Whether you need to learn the language for a French class, or you travel overseas for business or leisure, this enhanced edition of French for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-follow format, with integrated audio clips, it gives you just what you need for basic communication in French. The enhanced edition includes: 

  • Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations
  • Useful exercises, practice questions, and a mini-dictionary

Business, an upcoming class, travel – whatever your reason for wanting to learn a new language but don't have time to take a class, this enhanced edition of French For Dummies can get you well on your way to becoming fluent in no time!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: The French You Already Know 9

Chapter 2: Laying the Foundation: Basic French Grammar 17

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Pronunciation and Basic Expressions 35

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Dates, and Times Straight 53

Chapter 5: Talking about Your Home, Family, and Daily Routine 67

Part II: French in Action 87

Chapter 6: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 89

Chapter 7: Asking Directions and Finding Your Way 103

Chapter 8: Bon Appétit! Dining Out and Going to the Market 117

Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137

Chapter 10: Going Out on the Town 155

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunicating 171

Chapter 12: Recreation and the Outdoors 189

Part III: French on the Go 207

Chapter 13: Planning a Trip 209

Chapter 14: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 225

Chapter 15: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 239

Chapter 16: Finding a Place to Stay 261

Chapter 17: Handling Emergencies 275

Part IV: The Part of Tens 291

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up French Quickly 293

Chapter 19: Ten Things Never to Say in French 297

Chapter 20: Ten Favorite French Expressions 301

Chapter 21: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound French 305

Part V: Appendixes 309

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionaries 311

Appendix B: Verb Tables 333

Appendix C: Answer Key 349

Appendix D: On the CD 351

Index 353

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Author Information

Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years.

Dodi-Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams, and Dominique Wenzel are highly regarded French instructors and writers.

Zoe Erotopoulos, PhD, teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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