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101 French Idioms Paperback – January 11, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0844212906 ISBN-10: 0844212903 Edition: 1st
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An idiom is the crossroads where language and culture meet. What does it mean, for instance, that when in English we'd say someone was "out of his tree," in French he would be "pedaling in the semolina"? 101 French Idioms collects this and other colorful turns of phrase into one whimsically illustrated volume. Each idiom comes with both literal and figurative English translations as well as a vivid cartoon; snippets of French narrative or dialogue use the term in context. The result is a humorous, fun, easy-to-remember introduction to French idioms, an excellent way to learn more about French as it's actually spoken.

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Product Details

  • Series: 101... Language Series
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1st edition (January 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844212903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844212906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Toni on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I liked this one and the 101 Proverbs books. They have cute cartoons that help you remember the sayings effortlessly. I was amazed that when writing a french penpal that the words just came right out! Can't help but like a book that helps you learn a language without trying and in an entertaining manner. The short explanations under each saying are written in french so you get to practice reading short (10-15 lines) paragraphs and flexing your vocabulary muscle. Very good for beginners!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Danny E. Flynn, Jr. on February 20, 2001
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Though this book has some very interesting French phrases, it is defintiely not intended for the beginner. Only short dialogues are given for each phrase showing its "natural" usage. Also, no conjugations for the verbs are given. If one is unfamiliar with french grammar, etc. this book will be somewhat daunting. Still, for the intermediate to advanced learner, this book can help add those bits of langauge that help distinguish the native from the not-so-native.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Awesome Amazon Customer on October 16, 2005
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This book really fulfills its purpose. I've already come across some of the expressions in 'real life' movies/books/conversation. It's not aimed at beginners looking for language basics. That said, all of the context examples are translated at the end of the book. (My friend found the context examples to be useful in and of themselves.) There are also two indexes: image (i.e. flowers) and alphabetical.

The only change I would have made would have been possibly adding quizzes, to make it more result-driven. Though in the translations at the end, the expression is in bold so you could test yourself. (For example, "Laurent is well-read" is in bold and you'd come up with "il a des lettres") And in a perfect world there would have been a CD to go along.

This is one of the least expensive french books on the market and it's both fun and informative.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mom4Teens on January 12, 2007
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This was very useful for people learning French, who may even be fluent but don't know or understand the cultural idioms. I understand French movies and conversations better now. This book fills a need not addressed in many French language texts or books. Hooray!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Corey on March 19, 2007
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This is a great book for those who already have a good grasp on the French language and/or intermediate knowledge. It is an entertaining and easy read for those wanting to improve basic conversational French (each idiom has a short conversation as a definition of the French phrase). I have lots of other French language books and this one should be in everyone's collection. It's fun and easy to read - a book you can pick up time and time again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alina on January 29, 2006
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I found this book very useful for understanding everyday language.Idioms are not given at all or found very rarely in standard learning books or dictionaries but used widely in spoken language.The translation of french idioms into similar english ones is also wery helpful .
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By pbaker@fmnh.org on September 13, 1999
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The book uses cartoons to emphasize the text. It's always interesting to see what common words different cultures use to describe the human condition. Wastes a lot of space, though. Worth the price.
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