- Hardcover: 584 pages
- Publisher: French & European Pubns (June 28, 2006)
- Language: French
- ISBN-10: 0828833532
- ISBN-13: 978-0828833530
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,851,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bescherelle : La Conjugaison pour Tous (French Edition) (French)
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The first part of the book are the Tables of Conjugations, which show by examples all 85 unique forms of conjugated verbs in all the tenses and moods -- these include all the irregular verbs as well as those verbs which vary slightly from the regular forms. In the back of the book is an alphabetical listing of the 12,000 verbs, each with a reference to which of the 85 forms they follow when conjugated. Anywhere where the conjugation is irregular or the stem has changed (for example, the accent is changed), or there are differences in certain persons (e.g. the nous and vous persons), these warnings are printed in red to call the reader's attention to them. Bescherelle takes the extra step of listing as an individual form for certain verbs which may cause doubt. For example, take the verb "apprecier" (accent accute on the first e), which has its own page listing instead of under "aimer". This verb is in fact a regular -er verb and can be conjugated just like "aimer". However, because of the "i" in the stem before the "er", the student may be confused or even forget to keep the "i" when adding an ending such as "ions" in the imperfect tense. Therefore, in the conjugation "nous appreciions", the double ii's are printed in RED to call our attention to them. This is just one of the many things I love about this book.
Additionally, Bescherelle is beautifully typeset in color and is visually pleasing.Read more ›
If you haven't finished at least one year of college French (maybe two) I'd suggest that you start with the English version. There's a tremendous amount of information in the grammer section that you really won't understand well until you speak pretty decent French. What I'd really like to suggest is that you buy both versions, Use the English book until you are comfortable with the one in French and then pass it on to some budding Francophile. Bonne chance!
I have recently finished reading the french version of "Bescherelle - 12000 verbs". I needed to look up a few words in the grammar section in order to fully grasp the ideas. My understanding of the tenses and moods increased exponentially. The writing style was highly lucid and direct. Just the grammar section alone was worth the cost of the book for me and well worth the effort to translate it fully on my own. The conjugation tables, as alluded to in other fine reviews, simply blow the competition away. The brilliant (literally and figuratively) verb charts are a masterpiece of organization and memory enhancing devices. The verb charts alone are worth twice the cost of the book. Finally, there is the index of ALL 12000 VERBS IN THE ENTIRE FRENCH LANGUAGE. This is far more than in "501" or "555". Incredibly, "Bescherelle" packs this punch into a book a tiny fraction of the size of the competition. This book should be on the shelf of EVERY student of the french language be they a beginner or hard-core linguistic master.
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This book is invaluable for looking up French verb forms that might be only vaguely familiar to a casual reader of French literature. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cenizo
best way to learn those complicated French verb :) Only used the Bescherelle in class and recommended to my students who seemed to like it and found it easy to learn with this... Read morePublished 5 days ago by New patriot
I'm "fluent" in french, have been to Paris, etc and this was SO helpful to me. Especially to refresh or with words I haven't used in a long time.Published 2 months ago by Chelsea
Is a good CONJUGATION dictionary, now if your native language is for example english or spanish it doesn't have any vocabulary words, etc, just conjugation. Really good quality.Published 4 months ago by Tiffany Y. Rondón
Bescherelle: La Conjugaison Pour Tous is a must for anyone who is serious about learning and/or teaching the French language. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeffrey H.
All the essencial verbs conjugation are on the book. It is a good product to buyPublished 7 months ago by Patrick pina