French For Dummies
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French For Dummies

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

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French For Dummies

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

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The fast, informal way to learn to speak French - with integrated audio clips throughout.Listen topronunciations 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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For Dummies
Part I
Getting Started
In this part . . .
You have to start somewhere, but we bet that you know a lot more French than you think. Don’t think so? Then check out Chapter 1 and see how many French words and idioms you already use. Chapters 2 and 3 provide some basic background on French grammar and pronunciation, while Chapters 4 and 5 get you talking about yourself and your family. So get started and don’t worry — We make it fun!
Chapter 1
The French You Already Know
In This Chapter
French words that are identical or similar to their English counterparts
French words to watch out for
Idioms and popular expressions you may already know
Learning a new language can be challenging. Not only do you need to know a whole new vocabulary, but you also need to twist your head around different grammar rules and your tongue around different pronunciation rules. But here’s a little news that may make the task seem a little less daunting: You already know quite a few French words and expressions. How? Because the English language, being the borrower that it is, contains many French words and expressions, and French has absorbed some English words, too.
In this chapter, you get to explore some French words and phrases without having to know pronunciation or grammar rules (that info comes in Chapters 2 and 3). Here, we include French words that are spelled the same and mean the same as their English counterparts, as well as words that are close in meaning and spelling. But because not every French word that resembles an English word shares its meaning, we also tell you what words to watch out for. In addition, we include some French expressions that you probably already know and understand. By the end of this chapter, you may discover that you actually know more French than you previously thou...

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