Everything Learning French Book: Speak, Write, and Understand Basic French in No Time

Everything Learning French Book: Speak, Write, and Understand Basic French in No Time

by Bruce Sallee

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Everything Learning French Book: Speak, Write, and Understand Basic French in No Time by Bruce Sallee

Learning a foreign language can be both challenging and intimidating. Lucky for you, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) makes it simple. Featuring easy-to-follow vocabulary lists, along with complete instruction on written and spoken grammar, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) will have you learning how to follow everyday language and carry on basic conversation in a matter of days. Features easy-to-follow instructions on:

  • The French alphabet and pronunciation
  • Greetings for strangers and people you know Proper usage of nouns, verbs, pronouns, and articles
  • The easiest ways to ask questions
  • Day-to-day language when traveling, dining out, conducting business, and shopping
  • French etiquette and style

Also, this eBook is enhanced with audio icons throughout which allow you to hear correct pronunciation or participate in various exercises so you can perfect your French pronunciation and understanding with ease! Including many helpful exercises, self-tests, and an English to French dictionary, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) will have you speaking and understanding French in no time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580626491
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Series: Everything Series
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Chapter 1Pronouncing and Writing French1
The Alphabet2
Sounds3
Liaison, Elision, and Enchainement5
Capitalization8
Punctuation Marks8
Accents11
Chapter 2Using Everyday Expressions13
Colloquial, Idiomatic, and Other Useful Expressions14
French Gestures19
Salutations and Greetings21
Numbers and Dates22
Chapter 3Developing a Basic Vocabulary31
Conjunctions32
Basic Words to Memorize32
Describing Things and People32
Chapter 4Understanding Articles37
Discovering French Articles38
The Definite Article39
The Indefinite Article40
The Partitive Article41
Chapter 5Using Nouns45
Understanding Nouns46
Gender of Nouns46
Plural Nouns52
Chapter 6Forming Present-Tense Verbs57
Verb Forms: The Infinitive58
Conjugating Verbs in the Present Tense58
Idiomatic Expressions with Avoir77
The Present Participle80
Chapter 7Asking Questions and Giving Orders85
Asking Basic Questions86
Asking Questions with Interrogative Pronouns87
Using the Interrogative Adjective Quel91
Using Interrogative Adverbs93
Giving Orders: The Imperative Verb Form94
Chapter 8Negating Words and Phrases99
Negative Expressions100
Responding to Negative Questions101
Negative Conjunctions (Neither ... Nor)101
Negative Pronouns103
Negative Adverbs104
Chapter 9Utilizing Objects, Prepositions, and Pronouns109
Direct and Indirect Objects110
Prepositions112
Subject Pronouns118
Object Pronouns120
Demonstrative Pronouns129
Relative Pronouns130
Chapter 10Using Adjectives137
Basic Adjective Use138
Possessive Adjectives156
Demonstrative Adjectives157
Chapter 11Understanding Adverbs159
Forming Adverbs160
Memorizing Adverbs161
Adverbial Phrases163
Positioning and Using Adverbs164
Chapter 12Forming Past-Tense Verbs165
English Past-Tense Constructions166
The Simple Past Tense: Le Passe Compose167
The Imperfect Past Tense: L'Imparfait178
The Pluperfect Tense: Le Plus-Que-Parfait187
Choosing the Appropriate Past Tense188
Literary Tenses188
Idiomatic Expressions--the Recent Past193
Chapter 13Using Reflexive Verbs195
Understanding Reflexive Verbs196
Reflexive Verbs Used Reciprocally198
Verbs That Are Always Pronomial200
Chapter 14Forming the Future Tense201
English Future-Tense Constructions202
The Future Tense in French202
Chapter 15Forming the Conditional Tense209
Uses of the Conditional Tense210
Using the Conditional Tense to Be Polite211
The Past Conditional Tense212
Forming the Conditional Tense213
Forming the Past Conditional Tense216
The Verb Devoir in the Conditional Tense218
Chapter 16Understanding the Subjunctive Mood219
Understanding the French Subjunctive220
Forming the Subjunctive Mood222
Specific Uses of the Subjunctive227
The Past Subjunctive232
Chapter 17Traveling in French-Speaking Countries233
Modes of Transportation234
Travel Destinations237
Money241
In a Restaurant243
Beverages244
Shopping Terms246
Stores, Shops, and Markets247
Movies248
Books, Newspapers, and Magazines249
TV, Radio, and Internet250
Chapter 18Studying and Working in French-Speaking Countries253
School Terms254
Technology255
The Working World255
Professions and Jobs258
Chapter 19Family, Friends, and You!261
Family262
Holidays and Occasions263
Friends263
Pets264
Parts of the Body264
Clothing266
Colors269
Chapter 20Your House or Apartment271
Your Daily Routine272
A Tour of Your Home273
Rooms in a House276
Apartments277
Housework278
In the Kitchen and at the Market279
Appendix 1French-to-English Dictionary285
Appendix 2Verb Conjugation Tables297
Index302

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