Les Bons Mots: How to Amaze Tout Le Monde with Everyday French

Les Bons Mots: How to Amaze Tout Le Monde with Everyday French

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by Eugene H. Ehrlich
     
 

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Les Bons Mots will help you add the piece de resistance to any conversation.

Les Bons Mots is an eminently browsable reference that is designed to help English speakers use those witty and wise sayings for which the French are so justly famous. Eugene Ehrlich has created a reference work that defines French phrases and aphorisms both literally and colloquially;

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Les Bons Mots will help you add the piece de resistance to any conversation.

Les Bons Mots is an eminently browsable reference that is designed to help English speakers use those witty and wise sayings for which the French are so justly famous. Eugene Ehrlich has created a reference work that defines French phrases and aphorisms both literally and colloquially; employs a unique and foolproof guide to their pronunciation; adds a brief and often amusing explanation that fixes each phrase in the reader's mind; and indexes everything so extensively that each idea is easy to find. An entertaining read as well as an impeccable reference guide by one of America's most cherished wordsmiths.

"[A] useful as well as highly

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"Eugene Ehrlich's book turns out to be a useful as well as highly agreeable guide to actual French sayings and expressions."-Parade

Library Journal
Though Ehrlich (The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, LJ 5/15/94) dismisses bilingual phrase books as "verbal Band-Aids," his book hardly escapes that characterization. His principle is to select French phrases frequently used in books written in English, French proverbs and maxims, and other expressions adopted by English speakers. The result is a mixture of everyday and colloquial French idioms and phrases, interlaced with a few literary ones, offering brief definitions and often without historical or etymological background. The "respelling" pronunciation scheme is fairly practical. It would have been helpful if entries were also arranged by topic to compensate for the lack of an index and cross references. An introduction to major French literary figures at the beginning of the book seems out of place in a volume about "everyday French." Hardly a unique addition to an already crowded field, this is a marginal purchase for reference collections but reluctantly recommended for comprehensive circulating collections.Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.
School Library Journal
YAThe author of Amo, Amas, Amat (1987) and Veni, Vidi, Vici (1995, both HarperCollins), in which Ehrlich breathed vitality into the dead language of Latin, now presents a witty and delightful collection of French phrases and aphorisms. A preface explains the criteria for inclusion: phrases that appear in books written in English, and proverbs and maxims that conveyed a French point of view. Arrangement is alphabetical, with the articles la, le, les, un, and une in the proper letter sequence. The entries include syllabic pronunciation and literal translation followed by colloquial meanings and then explanations of the phrases. The book is a joy to peruse. Readers can pick it up and browse wherever they like and come away with an increased knowledge of French usage. Sections on pronunciation and major literary figures add greatly to its value. Students in creative writing classes will especially benefit from the extensive and well-organized listing of phrases that will enhance any paper they are writing.Peggy Mooney, Pohick Public Library, Burke, VA
Booknews
A dictionary of French phrases and aphorisms, with humorous literal and colloquial definitions, a pronunciation guide, and brief biographies of major French literary figures. For travellers, Francophiles, and word buffs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805047110
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/1997
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.15(d)

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