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French Made Simple: Learn to speak and understand French quickly and easily Paperback – May 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0767918596 ISBN-10: 0767918592 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Revised edition (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767918592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767918596
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was very up to date, and covered the material logically and clearly.
Ed Flaspoehler
This French book by Pamela Rose Haze is good for the beginner and intermediate French student, and one I highly recommend.
Kris Zink
It has always been an interesting approach and an easy way to learn French.
Vic Larson

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ed Flaspoehler on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I used this book for my review of French in preparation for a recent trip to Paris. I found it very well organized and thorough.

I took it to work with me each day on the train and was able to review a dialogue and chapter in a day or so over the course of about three months. It was very up to date, and covered the material logically and clearly. And the dialogues were consistently interesting and entertaining.

However, in spite of what the cover says, this is not a book for total beginners. I was fortunate that I already had a firm foundation in pronunciation, vocabulary and basic French grammar. But this book dives in quickly, and beginners would probably not find it so easy and should probably look elsewhere.

However, if you have already studied French in high school or college, and a quick review of the basics is what you are looking for, I am sure that you will find this book to be what you are looking for.

What I need now is a good review of Italian, for my yet to be planned trip to Rome and tour of Italy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By My Two Cents on December 3, 2010
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I purchased this book to supplement my audio learning of French using the Pimsleur method. French Made Simple is an excellent resource because it introduces vocabulary in a controlled way. Short passages are presented in each chapter with French in one column and English in the other. There are follow-up exercises to practice and apply your new vocabulary. Be sure to supplement this book with an audio program, so you are learning the correct pronunciation of words.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sabine on November 25, 2007
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this is a well thought out language book. I found the pronounciations particularly helpful, and it is laid out really well (designed well) and the grammar is concise and easy to follow. I found this book a very beneficial part of my library of 'learning french' books. It's one of my favourites.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Larson on June 6, 2010
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The pronunciation section is great, the exercises aren't bad, and the advice given seems practical and clear and generally decent. The stories aren't that great, but the narrative format and practice sentences seem to help me remember vocabulary pretty well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Gabriel on July 27, 2011
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First of all French is not simple. But this book breaks it down to be as simple as possible. I haven't gotten thru the whole book but I am working at it. I would definitely buy this one again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By krissylee on February 14, 2012
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I bought this book because I wanted to get to know the French language. I didn't expect to become fluent from this book - just wanted an introduction to the pronunciation and words. If I were to do it again I would buy a book with an audio component, because you just can't do it with a book alone. It describes word sounds, but I became quickly frustrated because I didn't know if I was pronouncing them right or not! This book says "Learn to speak and understand French", but there's really no way you could do that if you have zero French knowledge. I would recommend this book for someone who has already taken a class or two and knows how to pronounce French words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on June 28, 2012
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French Made Simple presents a solid review of French - good for business use.

If you had French before and want re-awaken it, it is the most solid, up-to-date review I have seen! It is a good book for adult, linear thinkers who are good at languages. It is also good for skilled language learners. It has a familiar format for those who don't mind the grammar translation method.

The book is well-designed. I have it in French and in German. Both versions offer solid quality, good organization, a decent dictionary, useful content, and thematic organization.

If you are a novice to French, supplement this text with a conversational partner. The content can be 'covered', quickly in about 40-50 contact hours.

If you are a novice to grammar, add the book: English Grammar for Students of French by Morton, et al. It is incredibly useful. The book assumes a command of grammar terms used in learning languages.

It is not designed for children/teens, visual or kinesthetic learners: no pictures, games, colors, communicative activities, no illustrations or audio materials.

The book is a good choice for basics and adult business learners.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Terry Oulboub on February 19, 2007
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This particular book is definitely not easy. It is for someone who knew a little French and needed a refresher course. It is not for someone who is attempting to learn the language for the first time, as it does not come with a CD. It is nice to see the pronunciation spelled out but it is not phonetic as in English, so makes it confusing. Good book for those who need a refresher.
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