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French for Dummies :  2nd Edition with CD - Zoe Erotopoulos, PhD


Published: 30th August 2011
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The fast, informal way to learn to speak French

French is known as perhaps the most beautiful of all languages. Listen to someone speak French—sure, you don't have a clue what they're saying, but aren't you enraptured by the sound of it?

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 revised edition of French for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-follow format, it gives you just what you need for basic communication in French

  • Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations
  • A fully updated and expanded audio CD (including real-life conversations)
  • 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, French For Dummies can get you well on your way to becoming fluent in no time!

About The Authors

Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Dodi-Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams, and Dominique Wenzel are highly regarded French instructors and writers. Zoe Erotopoulos, PhD, teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started 7
Chapter 1: The French You Already Know 9
Chapter 2: Laying the Foundation: Basic French Grammar 17
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Pronunciation and Basic Expressions 35
Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Dates, and Times Straight 53
Chapter 5: Talking about Your Home, Family, and Daily Routine 67
Part II: French in Action 87
Chapter 6: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 89
Chapter 7: Asking Directions and Finding Your Way 103
Chapter 8: Bon Appétit! Dining Out and Going to the Market 117
Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137
Chapter 10: Going Out on the Town 155
Chapter 11: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunicating 171
Chapter 12: Recreation and the Outdoors 189
Part III: French on the Go 207
Chapter 13: Planning a Trip 209
Chapter 14: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 225
Chapter 15: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 239
Chapter 16: Finding a Place to Stay 261
Chapter 17: Handling Emergencies 275
Part IV: The Part of Tens 291
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up French Quickly 293
Chapter 19: Ten Things Never to Say in French 297
Chapter 20: Ten Favorite French Expressions 301
Chapter 21: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound French 305
Part V: Appendixes 309
Appendix A: Mini-Dictionaries 311
Appendix B: Verb Tables 333
Appendix C: Answer Key 349
Appendix D: On the CD 351
Index 353

ISBN: 9781118004647
ISBN-10: 1118004647
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th August 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 18.8  x 2.18
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised