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French Made Simple Learn to Speak and Understand French Quickly and Easily

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ISBN-10: 0767918592

ISBN-13: 9780767918596

Edition: 2006

Authors: Pamela Rose Haze, Antonio Rubio, Julien Lafontant, Pamela Rose Haze

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Learn to Speak French Quickly and Easily! An invaluable introduction to one of the most studied languages in America, FRENCH MADE SIMPLE is ideal for the student, business person, or tourist. Teaching the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and culture, it guides you step-by-step through the process of learning and conversing quickly. Refreshingly easy to understand, French Made Simple includes: Basics of grammar Modern vocabulary Helpful verb chart French-English Dictionary Reading exercises Economic information Common expressions Review quizzes Complete answer key Look for these Made Simple titles: Accounting Made Simple Arithmetic Made Simple Astronomy Made Simple Biology Made Simple…    
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.80" wide x 10.20" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

About This Book
On Vous Presente a la Langue Francaise: Getting Acquainted with the French Language
French is no stranger
French and English vocabulary: similarities and differences in spelling, meaning, and pronunciation
French is spoken around the world
Prononciation du Francais: French Pronunciation
French vowel sounds in familiar words
Nasal vowel sounds
French consonants
Stress in French words and sentences
Useful words and expressions for the traveler
Qui Est Monsieur Brown?: Who is Mr. Brown?
Members of the family
Rooms of the house
Gender of nouns
Plural of nouns
Definite and indefinite articles
Some common verbs
Pourquoi Est-Ce Que M. Brown Etudie le Francais? Why is Mr. Brown Studying French?
Saying hello and good-bye in French
More useful vocabulary: professions, nationalities, languages
Common modifiers and verbs
Introduction to negative and interrogative forms
Dans le Salon de Monsieur Brown: In Mr. Brown's Living Room
Furniture and objects in the living room
Some common prepositions
Using the contractions du, des, au, aux
Expressing possession in French with de or a
Review of Chapters 1-5
Les Verbes Sont Importants Aussi: Verbs are Important too
Countries of Europe and North America
Infinitive form of verbs
Present tense of regular -er verbs, like parler, to speak
Interrogative and negative forms
Verbs like parler
Two verbs in a row
La Famille de M. Brown: Mr. Brown's Family
French words that end in -tion and -sion
Correspondence between the French ending -ment and the English ending -ly
Present tense of etre, to be, avoir, to have, aller, to go
Au Bureau de M. Brown: At Mr. Brown's Office
Adjectives of color, size, beauty, and other characteristics
Agreement of adjectives
Position of adjectives
tout, all, every
quel, which, what
M. Brown Salue un Ami: Mr. Brown Greets a Friend
Present tense of regular -re verbs like vendre, to sell
Three irregular-re verbs: prendre, to take, lire, to read, ecrire, to write
Review of Chapters 6-9
Dans la Salle a Manger: In the Dining Room
Table settings
French porcelain industry
Irregular verbs dire, to say, and voir, to see
Demonstrative adjective ce, this, that
Use of -ci and -la
Use of c'est, this is, it is, instead of il est or elle est
Les Nombres, Toujours les Nombres: Numbers, Always Numbers
Basic mathematical terms
Numbers 0-69
Present tense of the verbs vouloir, to want, pouvoir, to be able
Le Systeme Monetaire en France: French Money, Past and Present
Vocabulary related to money
The Euro
Before the Euro: francs and centimes
Present tense of faire, to make, to do, croire, to believe, valoir, to be worth
Les Nombres dans la Vie Quotidienne: Numbers in Everyday Life
Weights and measures
Present tense of savoir, to know (how), connaitre, to know, to be acquainted with
Possessive adjectives
Quelle Heure Est-II?: What Time Is It?
Telling time
Buying tickets for the train and for the movies
Expressing praise and approval
Present tense of partir, to leave, sortir, to go out
Review of Chapters 10-14
Le Cinema: The Movies
Words associated with films and movie theaters
Present tense of venir, to come
Direct object pronouns
Use of y, there
Quelques Dates de l'Histoire Moderne de France: Some Dates in Modern French History
Months of the year
Present tense of regular -ir verbs, like finir, to finish
Other regular -ir verbs
Ordinal numbers
Telling the date
Questions sur la Geographie de France: Questions about French Geography
Using adjectives and adverbs to compare geographical features of France and America
Present tense of mettre, to put
More expressions of comparison
La Journee de M. Brown: Mr. Brown's Day
Present tense of reflexive verbs like se laver, to wash oneself
Imperative forms of reflexive verbs
Some reflexive French verbs that are not translated by reflexive verbs in English
La Vie dans la Banlieue: Life in the Suburbs
Fruits and vegetables
Some idiomatic expressions
Using the partitive to express some or any
The partitive pronoun en, of it, of them
Review of Chapters 15-19
Quel Mauvais Temps!: What Bad Weather!
Weather expressions
Direct and indirect object pronouns
Present tense of verbs like ouvrir, to open
Le Climat en France: The Climate in France
The four seasons
Present tense of devoir, to owe, to have to, recevoir, to receive
Variations of ne ... pas
Le Climat en France (Suite): The Climate in France (Cont'd)
Common adverbs and prepositions
Demonstrative adjectives: ce, cette, ces and pronouns: celui, celle, ceux, celles, ceci, cela
Adding -ci or -la to indicate this one or that one
La Bonne Cuisine Francaise: Good French Cooking
French specialties
French cooking terms adopted into English
Present tense of envoyer, to send
More prepositions
Disjunctive pronouns used with prepositions
Disjunctive pronouns used with a to indicate possession
Review of Chapters 20-23
Les Francais: The French People
Points of the compass
Words associated with smoking
Tradesmen and women
Reflexive verbs indicating reciprocal actions
Present participle: form and use
L'Art et la Mode: Art and Fashion
Venir de + infinitive: How to specify an action that has just taken place
Etre en train de: to specify an ongoing action
Examples of verbs with internal spelling changes: acheter, to buy, preferer, to prefer, appeler, to call
Les Jours de Fete en France: French Holidays
French names of holidays and associated expressions
Verbs like tenir, to hold, venir, to come
Spelling changes in verbs like commencer, to begin, manger, to eat
Quels Endroits Voulez-Vous Visiter?: What Places do You Wish to Visit?
Future tense of regular verbs parler (-er), finir (-ir), vendre (-re)
Stems in common irregular verbs
Review of Chapters 24-27
M. Brown Ecrit une Lettre a Sa Representante: Mr. Brown Writes a Letter to His Agent
Travel plans
Present tense of suivre, to follow, traduire, to translate
Additional verbs with irregular stems in the future tense
Depuis, il y a, since, for, pendant, during, in combination with expressions of date and time
M. Brown Recoit une Lettre: Mr. Brown Receives a Letter
Words and phrases referring to the past
Salutations, closings of business letters
Le passe compose: how to form the past tense in French
Regular and irregular past participles
Les Derniers Conseils de M. Picard: Mr. Picard's Final Words of Advice
"False friends" or false cognates
More irregular past participles
Agreement of the past participle
M. Brown Part pour la France: Mr. Brown Leaves for France
Preparations for his flight
Even more irregular past participles
Use of past participles as adjectives
Review of Chapters 28-31
Usage Rend Maitre: Practice Makes Perfect
From the airport to the city
Greetings, introductions, leavetakings
Verbs with the auxiliary etre in the passe compose
Agreement of the past participle with the subject of the verb
M. Brown Rend Visite a la Famille Parmentier: Mr. Brown Visits the Parmentier Family
A house and life of high style
Some professions
Passe compose of reflexive verbs
Present and past tenses of the verb s'asseoir, to sit down
Reflexive verbs found in the dialogues
Une Belle Promenade: A Lovely Stroll
Discovering Paris
Relative pronouns: qui, que, who, that, ce qui, what, lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles, which one(s), dont, whose, of which
Le Mont-Saint-Michel: Mont-Saint-Michel
Travelling to the site
Features of the village and the abbey
Vocabulary: parts of the body
Introduction to l'imparfait, the imperfect (past) tense
Le Grand Guignol: Puppet Show
Words and phrases describing feelings
Present and past tenses of rire, to laugh, vivre, to live
The past infinitive: how to form it, when to use it
Review of Chapters 32-36
La Grande Rue du Village: Main Street
Shops and shopkeepers
Overview of object pronouns
Placement of object pronouns in a sentence
Order of object pronouns
Une Excursion a Chartres: A Trip to Chartres
Vocabulary associated with automobiles and driving
The past perfect, or pluperfect, tense
Rules for using possessive pronouns: le mien, mine, la notre, ours, etcet.
M. Brown Achete un Billet de Loterie: Mr. Brown Buys a Lottery Ticket
Le conditionnel, the conditional, formation
Stems for the future tense are also used in the conditional
M. Brown s'en Va: Mr. Brown Goes Away
Le conditionnel passe, the past conditional
Si clauses: pairing different tenses to express hypothetical situations
Review of Chapters 37-40
English-French Dictionary
Dictionnaire Francais-Anglais
Answer Key
Summary of Verb Conjugations