French for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764551930
ISBN-13: 9780764551932
Edition: 2000
List price: $24.99
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Description: This guide will help the reader to start speaking French quickly and easily. It includes practical lessons, cultural facts and references, with a dictionary, common verb lists and more.

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584

This guide will help the reader to start speaking French quickly and easily. It includes practical lessons, cultural facts and references, with a dictionary, common verb lists and more.

Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for over 120 years. 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.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Started
You Already Know a Little French
The French You Know
Friendly allies - bons allies (bohN-zah-lyay)
Kissing cousins
False friends - faux amis
Idioms and Popular Expressions
Mouthing Off: Basic Pronunciation
The French alphabet
Vowel sounds
The accent
The mute e
The nasal sounds
Consonants
The liaison
The elision
Stress
Using Gestures
The Nitty Gritty: Basic French Grammar
Simple Sentence Construction
Nouns
Adjectives
Verbs
Adverbs
Things That Are Easier in French
Regular and Irregular verbs
Regular verbs
Irregular verbs
The Simple Tenses: Past, Present, and Future
The Gender Question
It's "You" You Know: The Tu/Vous Issue
Numbers
Bonjour! Hello! Greetings and Introductions
Saying Hello and Good-Bye
Getting Formal or Informal
Asking "How are you?"
Replying to "How are you?"
Introducing Yourself and Others
Being There: Etre (To Be)
Describing Cities
Speaking the Language
French in Action
Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Asking Key Questions
Posing Simple Questions
Chatting about the Family
Making Small Talk on the Job
Going to Town with the Verb Aller
Talking about the Weather
Doing the Numbers
Talking about Where You Live
Bon Appetit! Dining Out and Going to the Market
All About Meals
The meals
Eating at home: Setting the table
Going Out to a Restaurant
Perusing the menu
Talking with the waiter
Understanding what's on the menu
Eating and drinking
Finishing the meal
Finding the restrooms
An Article on Articles
Buying Food at the Market
Talking about weights and measures
Making comparisons
Getting to know a few useful verbs for the market
Going to the Supermarket and the Food Stores
Shopping Made Easy
Going to Stores
Just browsing
Getting around the store
Getting assistance
Shopping for Clothes
Finding the right fit
Clothing materials
Getting dressed
Using Superlatives
When the adjective precedes the noun
When the adjective follows the noun
Going Out on the Town
Telling Time in French
Visiting Museums
Going to the Theater
Going to the Movies
Going to a Concert
Going to a Nightclub
Enjoying Yourself: Recreation
Playing Sports
Going Skiing
Going to the Beach
Setting Up Camp
Talking on the Phone
Making a Phone Call
Leaving a Message
Livin' in the past: Using the past tense
Using the past tense with etre
At the Office and around the House
Making an Appointment
Business hours
Lunch hour
Business around the holidays
Conducting Business
Using the Internet
Visiting a Private Home
French on the Go
Money, Money, Money
At the Bank
Entering a bank
Cashing checks and checking your cash
Staying Current with French Currency
The franc (Le franc) (luh frahN)
French money (L'argent francais) (lahr-zhahN frahN-seh)
Using Credit Cards and ATMs
Using your credit card at an ATM
Getting to know ATM language
Currency Wisdom
Where Is the Louvre? Asking Directions
Asking "Where" Questions
Answering "Where" Questions
Getting Direction about Directions
Using commands
Expressing distances (time and space)
Discovering ordinal numbers
Going north, south, east, and west
Asking Questions When You're Lost
It's Necessary to Know about "Il Faut"
Staying at a Hotel
Arriving at the Hotel
Asking inverted questions
Losing your objection to object pronouns
Checking In to a Hotel
Checking Out of a Hotel
Transportation
Getting Through the Airport
Leaving the Airport: Finding a Taxi
Getting a Taxi
Getting Around in Major Cities
Buying a Train Ticket
Taking the Bus
Taking the Subway
Renting a Car
Getting Gas
Travel Abroad
Where Do You Want to Go?
Passports and Visas
Buying Tickets
Getting Your Dates Straight
Specific dates
Less specific dates
Timing phrases
Choosing Accommodations
Packing Your Suitcases
Handling Emergencies
Getting Medical Help
Talking with Doctors
Getting Legal Help
Accidents
Robbery, theft, aggression
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Pick Up French Quickly
Look stuff up in the dictionary
Write shopping lists
Celebrate French day!
Use language tapes
Listen to French music
Try a CD
Watch French movies
Read French publications
Surf the 'Net
Chat
Ten Things Never to Say
Ten Favorite French Expressions
C'est un fait accompli
Quel faux pas!
Comme il faut
Bon appetit!
Quelle horreur!
Oh la la! La catastrophe!
A toute a l'heure!
C'est la vie!
Comme ci, comme ca
C'est le ton qui fait la musique!
Ten Holidays to Remember
L'Epiphanie
La Chandeleur
Mardi gras
Le Poisson d'Avril
La Fete du Travail
L'Ascension
La Pentecote
Fete de la Musique
La Prise de la Bastille
La Sainte Catherine
Ten Phrases That Make You Sound French
Ca m'a fait tres plaisir! or C'etait genial!
Passez-moi un coup de fil!
Passez-nous un coup de fil!
Je vais vous/lui/leur passer un coup de fil
On y va! or Allons-y!
Je n'en sais rien
Mais je reve!
Quel amour de petit garcon!
Vous n'avez pas le droit
Tu cherches midi a 14h
Je veux acheter une bricole
Prenons un pot!
Appendixes
Verb Tables
Mini-Dictionary
About the CD
Index
Book Registration Information

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