Short Course in Reading French

ISBN-10: 0231156774

ISBN-13: 9780231156776

Edition: 2012

Authors: Celia Brickman

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Designed to help readers develop efficient skills for translating French in a short amount of time, this textbook teaches the basics of French grammar, reinforcing its lessons with exercises and key practice translations. A systematic guide, this book is a critical companion for university-level students learning to read and translate written French into English; for graduate scholars learning to do research in French or prepping for proficiency exams; and for any interested readers who want to improve their facility with the French language. In addition, A Short Course in Reading French exposes readers to a broad range of French texts from the humanities and social sciences, including writings by distinguished francophone authors from around the world.The book begins with French pronunciation and cognates and moves through nouns, articles, and prepositions; verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; a graduated presentation of all the indicative and subjunctive tenses; object, relative, and other pronouns; the passive voice; common idiomatic constructions; and other fundamental building blocks of the French language. Chapters contain translation passages from such authors as Pascal, Montesquieu, Proust, Sartre, Bourdieu, Senghor, Césaire, de Certeau, de Beauvoir, Barthes, and Kristeva. Drawn from more than two decades of experience teaching French to students from academic and nonacademic backgrounds, Celia Brickman's clear, accessible, and time-tested format enables even beginners to develop a sophisticated grasp of the language and become adept readers of French.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Guide to pronunciation
Nouns, Articles, and Prepositions, and the Principle of Agreement
Nouns, Gender, and the Principle of Agreement
Gendered Nouns
The Plural of Nouns
Contraction of Prepositions with Definite Articles
The Partitive and Negative Uses of DE
The Multiple Meanings of DES
Verbs, Subject Pronouns, and the Present Tense/Pr�sent De L'lndicatif
Infinitives and Verb Families
Subject Pronouns
The Present Tense/Present de l'Indicatif of -ER Verbs
Translation of the Present Tense/Pr�sent de I'lndicatif
The Negative Form of the Present Tense
Two Important Irregular Verbs: AVOIR, to Have, and �TRE, to Be
A Third Irregular Verb: ALLER, to Go
Formation of Simple Questions
Present Tense/Pr�sent de l'Indicatif of -RE and -IR Verbs
Another Important Irregular Verb: FAIRE, to Do, to Make
The Historic Present in French
Adjectives and Adverbs
Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives and Adverbs
Translation Passage: Le Corbeau et le Renard
Reflexive Verbs
Reflexive Pronouns and the Formation of Reflexive Verbs
The Negative Form of Reflexive Verbs
Various Ways in Which to Translate Reflexive Verbs
The Imperfect/L'imparfait
Explanation of the Tense
Formation of the Imparfait
Translations of the Imparfait
AVOIR and �TRE in the Imparfait
The Negative Form of the Imparfait
Reflexive Verbs in the Imparfait
Translation Passage: La Charte de M�decins Sans Fronti�res
Past Partlciples/Les Participes Pass�s
Formation of Past Participles
Past Participles as Adjectives
Past Participles as Predicate Adjectives
Le Pass� Compos�/The Compound Past
Explanation of the Tense
Rules Governing the Formation and Translation of the Pass� Compos�
The Pass� Compos� in the Negative Form
AVOIR and �TRE in the Pass� Compos�
The Pass� Compos� Used Together with the Imparfait
The Pass� Compos� with Adverbs
Past Participles Used As Predicate Adjectives in the Present Tense Compared with Past Participles Used in the Poss� Compos� to Form the Past Tense
Translation Passage: Le Petit Chaperon rouge
Directjand Indirect Object Pronouns
Recognizing Objects in Transitive Sentences
Direct Object Pronouns: Meaning and Placement
LE, LA, and LES As Direct Object Pronouns
Direct Object Pronouns in the Pass� Compos�: Placement and Agreement
Indirect Object Pronouns: Meaning and Placement
The Partitive Pronoun EN
The Pronoun Y
The Order of Object Pronouns When There Are More Than One of Them
Translation Passage: La Belle au bois dormant
Additional Forms of the Negative
General Pattern
Irregularities in Various Forms of the Negative
Translation Passage: D�claration des droits de l�homme et du citoyen de 1789
More Irregular Yet Common Verbs
Venir (to come) and Tenir (to hold)
-OIR Verbs
Impersonal Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Impersonal Verbs, and an Introduction to the Word Que
Demonstrative Pronoun CE
Demonstrative Pronouns CECI and CELA
Demonstrative Pronoun CELUI
The Impersonal Pronoun IL
Impersonal Verbs
The Various Uses of QUE
Translation Passage: Senghor, N�gritude et humanisme
The Future and Conditional Tenses/Le Futur Simple Et Le Conditionnel
The Future and Conditional Stem
The Future Tense/Le Futar Simple: Endings
The Near Future/Le Futur Proche
The Conditional Tense/Le Conditionnel
Translation Passage: Aim� C�saire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal
Present Participles and Imperatives
Present Participles
Negative Imperatives
Imperatives with Disjunctive Pronouns and Object Pronouns; and Reflexive Imperatives
Translation Passage: Louis Riel Journaux de guerre et de prison
The Passive Voice
The Passive Voice Formed by the Past Participle as a Predicate Adjective
Use of Reflexive Verbs to Form the Passive Voice
The Translation of the Subject Pronoun ON and Its Use to Form the Passive Voice
Translation Passage: Marcel Mauss, Essai sur le don
Le Pass� Simple/The Simple Past, or the Past Historic
The Poss� Simple of -ER Verbs
The Pass� Simple of-RE and -IR Verbs
Translation Passage: Louis H�mon, Maria Chapdelaine
Relative and Interrogative Pronouns and Adjectives
Relative Pronouns QUI and QUE
Uses of the Adjective QUEL
The Relative and Prepositional Pronoun LEQUEL; the Prepositional Pronoun QUI
The Relative Pronoun DONT
The Interrogative Pronouns LEQUEL, QUI, and QUE
Questions Formed with Both Interrogative and Relative Pronouns QUI and QUE
Translation Exercise: Michel de Certeau, L'Invention da quotidien
More Compound Tenses
Le Plus-que-patfait/The Pluperfect
LeFutur Ant�rieur/The Future Perfect
Le Conditionnel Pass�/The Conditional Perfect
Le Pass� Ant�rieur
Translation Passage: Montesquieu, Essai sur le go�t
The Causative Faire
The Causative FAIRE, an Idiomatic Construction
Translation Passage: Durkheim, Les Formes �l�mentaires de la vie religieuse
Translation Passage: Claude L�vi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques
Le Subjonctif/The Subjunctive
When Is the Subjunctive Used in French?
The Four Tenses of the Subjunctive
Translation Passage: Moli�re, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Translation Passage: Pascal, Pens�es
Modal Verbs and Other Common Idiomatic Verbal Constructions
Modal Verbs
Other Idiomatic Verbal Constructions
Translation Passage: de Tocqueville, De la D�mocratic en Am�rique
Translation Passage: Roland Barthes, Le Plaisir du texte
Changes of Tense with Idioms of Time
Ilya… Que, �a Fait… Que, Voil�…Que
Translation Passage: Ren� Descartes, M�ditations m�taphysiques
Translation Passage: Marcel Proust, Du C�t� de chez Swann
Common Idiomatic Expressions
TOUT- Grammatical Functions and Meanings
Idioms with TOUT
Aussi; Aussibienque
Combinative Conjunctions ET…ET;OU… OU;SOIT… SOIT;NI…NI
Idioms with METTRE/MIS
The Several Meanings of M�ME
The Several Meanings of SI
The Several Meanings of ENCORE
Translation Passage: Pierre Bourdieu, Pour une Anthropologie r�flexive
Translation Passage: Simone Weil, Les Besoins de l��me
Configurations of the Infinitive
Verbs Followed by the Infinitive
The Infinitive After Prepositions
The Infinitive After the Preposition APR�S
The Infinitive After Adjectives
The Infinitive After Nouns
Translation Passage: Mbembe, “ Notes provisoires sur la postcolonie ”
Some Verb Families
-OIR Verbs
Families of Verbs Whose Members Are All Conjugated in the Same Way
Further Translation Passages
Victor Hugo, Les Mis�rables
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Gabrielle Roy, Bonheur d'occasion
Jean-Paul Sartre, L'Existentialisme est un humanisme
Simone de Beauvoir, Le Deuxi�me Sexe
Albert Camus, Le Mythe de Sisyphe
Paul Ric�ur, Le Conflit des interpr�tations
�douard Glissant, Philosophie de la relation
Roger-Pol Droit, Michel Foucault: Entretiens
Julia Kristeva, Pouvoirs de I'horreur
Nicolas Bourriaud, Radicant: Pour une esth�tique de la globalisation
Michel Tremblay, Le Cahier bleu
Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco
Abdourahman A. Waberi, Passage des larmes
Pronoun Chart
(Indicative) Verb Tense Chart I
(Indicative) Irregular Verb Tense Chart I
(Indicative) Verb Tense Chart II
(Indicative) Irregular Verb Tense Chart II
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