- Series: Rick Steves
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 6th edition (November 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598801864
- ISBN-13: 978-1598801866
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary Paperback – November 11, 2008
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More About the Author
Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.
Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).
Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.
In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.
Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.
Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.
Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Top Customer Reviews
When we bought this book, along with one for Italian, we thought they were great and very user friendly. This was before we actually arrived in France and Italy and really had to use them. When you're in actual situations where you need to find words and phrases fast, this book doesn't cut it, at all. The simplest of words I tried to find in the dictionary weren't there so I quickly went searching through the various sections trying desperately to find necessary words for the simplest of things like directions, traveling, etc. Amazingly, even though these phrases are the most important to use, the ones we needed, the words actually being used at the train and subway stations, weren't to be found. It was a waste.
I finally started using Google translator to put in the phrases I needed, and wrote them down. These worked much better than this book and we were able to do much more. Plus, I didn't have to spend time trying to find the right section, and the right spot where a certain phrase might, or might not, be found.
The book might be useful before you leave, to start to learn pronunciation, etc., but you could probably borrow a book from the library and learn the same thing. Save your money and go to the library, then use Google translator for phrases you'll really need for subways, trains, restaurants, etc.
For example, I wanted to check the pronunciation of a letter in the French alphabet and I needed it pretty quickly since someone was waiting on me to come up with it. I couldn't find it in the book although I knew I had it seen it there when I reviewed it the night before. I gave up and muddled through. That night, I found the French alphabet pronunciation list in the "Sleeping" section of the book. IMHO, something as basic as the alphabet should have been in a section in the front or back cover or in the tear out 'cheat sheet' for quick and easy reference. At least, it should get its own section that is clearly identified in the Table of Contents rather than being listed in small print under the "Sleeping" topic.
To me, that's the perfect example of how this book was virtually useless in the field.
There were no good maps of France (in general) or Paris (in particular) or any other city. (I'm guessing many people complained about this issue and that's why the newest version (2010) alludes to a map in the title.) The only maps were crude, gross, hand-drawn outlines of the world, France, America, etc. that were useless for virtually any real-world application.
There was NO information on verb conjugation rules so, if you know something about the language, this book won't help you extend your knowledge and construct complete, proper sentences.Read more ›
are easy to understand. The book is divided into sections beginning with "French Basics",
"Counting", "Money", and "Time", and many more. Each of the various sections are necessary
and important in order to understand and learn the French culture abroad. We used many of
Rick Steves' helpful hints while traveling. The book also contains a French/English and English/French
dictionary, although it is not all-inclusive. I highly recommend this book for a bon voyage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish it went more in depth of pronunciation so I can practice sounding out the words on my own and THEN refer to the phonetic spelling.Published 2 months ago by Tabby p
The perfect pocket travel book for traveling in France. Besides phrases, this book is thoughtfully laid out and includes all sorts of information from wine choices and menu help to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by riovalley
I believe I own Rick Steve's phrase books in three languages. They are often funny but, more than that, they are helpful and will fit into a purse. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. McVay
Thank you,, whatever I order at your store always perfectly done and you always do what you promisedlPublished 8 months ago by Lasoaphia Quxazs
I've been looking through this book and I think it will be perfect for my trip to France in May.
It seems to have everything I'll need to communicate and lots of other info as... Read more
You can look up words in the French-English dictionary but you need the phrase book to get some of the French idiomatic expressions.Published 14 months ago by Robert H. Boyer