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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart French
I find this piece to be a life saver for anyone who has been struggling to learn french. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I would like to thank the author. Is there a way to contact her by a letter or e-mail. please contact me by e-mail: moses@worldemail.com. Thank you, Moses.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disorderly presentation
Even though this CD has some helpful ideas for learning French, it is put together without paying enough attention to detail. The same explanations of liasons and other pronuncation practices are repeated over and over again with different lessons. In one of the intermediate interviews (third step, Jean-Luc Sibiude), one hears the phone ring and an individual in the...
Published on March 19, 2006 by N. Paxcia-Bibbins


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart French, August 2, 2004
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I find this piece to be a life saver for anyone who has been struggling to learn french. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I would like to thank the author. Is there a way to contact her by a letter or e-mail. please contact me by e-mail: moses@worldemail.com. Thank you, Moses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disorderly presentation, March 19, 2006
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N. Paxcia-Bibbins (Bridgewater, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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Even though this CD has some helpful ideas for learning French, it is put together without paying enough attention to detail. The same explanations of liasons and other pronuncation practices are repeated over and over again with different lessons. In one of the intermediate interviews (third step, Jean-Luc Sibiude), one hears the phone ring and an individual in the background swearing. This is very careless editing (or lack of it)and is not the professional quality one would expect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars okay as a supplement, July 22, 2011
This review is from: Smart French (Paperback)
Smart French, written by Jade Gold (and not to be confused with the language learning software program) is a book introducing 1,894 French words to English speaking audiences; but only the words that are incredibly similar to their counterparts in the English language. This book is not meant to be a stand-alone language instruction book, nor should it be used as a form of dictionary since it is literally a list of words, one side in French and the other side in English. And, it only covers those words that are much alike the English ones, so it's a bit useless as anything other than a supplement.

Allow me to give you an example of what you will find in the book:

There are two columns, with one side being a French word, and the other being English. so, you will see something like this:

amusement amusement
anachronism anachronism
analogie analogy
extraction extraction
extradition extradition

and so on and so forth.

They do come in alphabetical order, but the one thing this book severely lacks, and the only thing to make it really useful (in my opinion), are accent marks or stressed emphasis on pronunciation with some of the words included. Quite frankly, everything you find in this book, you will find in a really good English-French dictionary, except the dictionary, you will find more useful.

I think its strength is that it compiles the majority of the words that are the same or similar into one book, which would be great for those who are actively seeking out a book or list of that type of thing. And, using it as a supplement along with a course and a good dictionary, one can kind of cut their workload by scanning this book and seeing that they will already know almost 2,000 words. So, I suppose it does have its usefulness in a way.

I would only recommend this book to someone that is studying French and is familiar with the grammar, and only as a supplement.

I received this book as part of the Dorrance book reviewer's program in exchange for an honest review. the opinions in said review are entirely my own.
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Smart French by Jade Gold (Paperback - May 25, 2000)
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