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French For Dummies, Portable Edition

French For Dummies, Portable Edition

Dodi-Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams, Dominique Wenzel, Zoe Erotopoulos

ISBN: 978-1-119-94561-1

Apr 2012

260 pages

Select type: Paperback

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The fast and informal way to learn to speak French

If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational French, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you up and running with the language. Here, you'll find coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you get a mini dictionary, exercises, practice opportunities and more.

  • French 101 – learn how to pronounce the French alphabet, numbers and common words, and get a handle on the basic grammar you need to know to speak French

  • Voila! – start practising your French in everyday situations, like asking for directions to the Eiffel Tower or expressing your love for fromage

  • Start talkin' the talk – get the know-how to confidently navigate public transport, find a hotel room, exchange money and handle an emergency on your excursion to France or any other French-speaking country

Open the book and find:

  • How to make sense of basic French grammar

  • Tips to improve your pronunciation

  • Strategies to get a handle on verb conjugations

  • Idioms and popular expressions

  • Advice on getting around in France and other French-speaking countries

  • Fun games and activities to reinforce learning

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: The French You Already Know 9

Chapter 2: Laying the Foundation: Basic French Grammar 19

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Pronunciation and Basic Expressions 39

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Dates, and Times Straight 57

Part II: French in Action 69

Chapter 5: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 71

Chapter 6: Asking Directions and Finding Your Way 81

Chapter 7: Bon Appétit! Dining Out and Going to the Market 93

Part III: French on the Go 109

Chapter 8: Planning a Trip 111

Chapter 9: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 123

Chapter 10: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 135

Chapter 11: Finding a Place to Stay 153

Chapter 12: Handling Emergencies 163

Part IV: The Part of Tens 177

Chapter 13: Ten Favorite French Expressions 179

Chapter 14: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound French 183

Part V: Appendixes 187

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionaries 189

Appendix B: Verb Tables 219

Index 235