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French for Dummies [Paperback]

By Dodi-Katrin Schmidt (Author), Michelle M. Williams (Author) & Dominique Wenzel (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 7.36" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 1999
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764551930  
EAN  9780764551932  
UPC  785555006140  

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Item Description...
Outlines basic French grammar, and offers useful words and expressions and simplified dialogue.

Publishers Description
If you buy into the Pepé Le Pew stereotype of the French – arrogant, stuffy, overly amorous, and rather odiferous (Pepé Le Pew was a skunk. Talk about stereotypical!) – then think again. Not only are the French people some of the most relaxed, pleasant people you'll ever meet, but their society is one of the oldest, most culturally rich societies in the world. So it's no surprise that French is known as perhaps the most beautiful of all languages. Listen to someone speak French – sure, you don't have a clue what she's saying, but aren't you enraptured by the sound of it?

Unfortunately, just because a language is beautiful doesn't mean that it's easy to learn. Although French has many things in common with English, French has had many, many centuries to evolve into the language it is today, which means it's had all that time to become more complex. That's where French For Dummies can help. Written in partnership with the language experts at Berlitz, this book can give you what you need for basic communication in French.

French For Dummies covers the following topics and more:

  • Basic pronunciation and gestures
  • The nuts and bolts of French grammar
  • Meeting and greeting in French
  • Situations in which you can use French: Making small talk, dining out, shopping, and talking on the phone
  • Traveling to France: Dealing with French currency, staying at a hotel, and getting around town
  • Top Ten lists on ways to pick up French quickly, things you should never say in French, favorite French expressions, and important French holidays to remember.
  • Appendixes with verb conjugation tables, as well as a French mini-dictionary

French For Dummies also comes with a CD that has audio transcriptions of all the exercises in the book, so that you can actually hear the French pronunciations.

So whether you're taking a business trip and need to pick up a little French quickly; you're cramming for your high school French final; or you've always wanted to learn a new language but don't have the time to drag yourself to a class once a week, French For Dummies can get you well on your way to becoming fluent in no time.

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More About Dodi-Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams & Dominique Wenzel

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Dodi-Katrin Schmidt has been a writer, a translator, and an editor for almost ten years. Aside from translating German, French, and English texts of various kinds, including linguistic handbooks, film reviews, travel guides, and children's books, she has also been involved in developing language textbooks, language courses, teachers' handbooks, and grammar companions for video language courses. Dodi has been teaching for more than two decades at high school, adult education, and college levels in Europe as well as the United States. She also writes test items for various national language tests and recorded textbook and test material. Together with her husband, she travels a great deal, and they continually house and entertain foreign students and former students in their home in Princeton, NJ.

Michelle M. Williams is an editor at a major educational publisher. A former French teacher, she has taught students ranging form 2 years old to adults, in both the public and private sectors. She is currently a private French tutor to a young Olympic-hopeful figure skater. She is a firm believer in making the language fun and accessible to all who want to learn. Her most rewarding experience, however, is in watching and listening to her 3-year-old son, Nathaniel, learn to speak and sing in French.

Dominique Wenzel has been a freelance teacher of French and translator for 15 years. Born and raised in France, she received a Master's degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and studied at the University of Chicago on a postgraduate Fulbright scholarship. Her students include business professionals, children, and adults of all levels and interests. She travels regularly to France. Dominique raised two bicultural, bilingual children who are both active in the international field.

Dodi-Katrin Schmidt currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not bad  May 9, 2007
It can be a good book for is for sure. I did not expect anything as i knew already it would be presented like that.
In general, you can find really necessary material there, so , good luck to the learners of French!!!;)))
Should be called French BY Dummies  Nov 5, 2006
The written portion was pretty good and concise. Though I wish it had some sort of abridged French to English dictionary. The CD, on the other hand, is quite possibly the dumbest CD I've ever listened to. First they do a long conversation in French b/t two people (various topics: i.e., flying on a plane, making a reservation at a restaurant, etc), then they go through each line one by one, and give you time to pronounce it yourself. Sounds good, right? Well, they neglect to tell you just what the heck you're saying. They NEVER translate it to English. A couple of the conversations can be found in the book (though you have to search for them, the audio CD doesn't tell you where) but most are not in the book, in English, to follow along. My wife and I were AMAZED they didn't give you the English translation. So, if you use this CD, you'll end up with great French pronunciation, you just won't know what the heck you're saying. This dummies book must have been written by a bunch of dummies.
Good primer for beginners  Dec 13, 2002
No book can make you fluent in a language. But this is a great resource for those who only want to learn enough to get by while traveling or who want a good back-up for other instructional methods.
You'll get a solid working vocabulary, easy-to-understand pronuciation tips and a foundation in basic grammar.
Good as a supplementary learning tool  Nov 18, 2001
I have come to the conclusion that one can NOT learn french without attending the old-fashion French class-room based seminars! I tried books, audio-cassettes, and interactive PC softwares yet I made no progress! But once I started attending the classes, all the books and cassettes I had helped me to advance at a rate faster than all my class-peers!

Having that in mind, this book is a good book to read once you start a French course. It's comprehensive on the basic concepts and it's fun to read as well. It will give you some tips that your French instructor might miss or overlook. It will also enhance your vocabulary.

The CD however is quite disappointing! It pronounces the alphabet, which is good. But only few of the conversations are available on the CD. I think that if they had the pronounciations of various words available as well then it would've been much more helpful.

If you're expecting to learn French by reading a funny book or by listening to cassettes while driving, then get real! Learning a new language is a difficult task. Don't expect that a book or a cassette will make it any easier.

A blank page & a missing track on the CD  Oct 14, 2001
I purchase this book 3 days ago in North Sydney, & I realise that page 247 is blank, unlike other blank pages, this page has no indecation that it is purposely blank with a page number.
I went to Dymocks Bookstores at North Ryde to verify if the copy I had purchased was a fault, not so, in fact they had 2 copies to prove that it was a fault during print.
I would like to know if this fault is found in other cities and countries.

Another issue is the audio CD icon on page 279, either the dialogue roleplay is not on the CD, or the track was missing on the CD.

I have not yet gone over the material as yet, but in less then 3 days, I was able to notice these general errors, and I have some troubles going to to look for the missing - page 247.


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