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French For Dummies, with CD, 2nd Edition

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

ISBN: 978-1-118-13866-3 February 2012 384 Pages


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!

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