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Street French 2: The Best of French Idioms (Street Language) Paperback – August 14, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0471138990 ISBN-10: 0471138991 Edition: 2nd
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Text: English, French

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Teaches the essentials of common French idioms used in everyday commerce, conversation, books, movies, and writing that are often unknown to non-native speakers. This accessible guide consists of 10 lessons divided into the following parts: dialogue, vocabulary, vocabulary practice, grammar, and exercises. Several chapters offer a special section which provides an up-close look at common idioms pertaining to a specific category. Features a thesaurus of French idiomatic expressions and a glossary containing English definitions of all the French words used in the text.
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Product Details

  • Series: Street Language
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471138991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471138990
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Burke is the author of over 100 products and books on how to use and understand slang and idioms in different languages. His books are currently used as course curriculum by Berlitz Language Schools, UCLA, Harvard University, New York University (NYU) and Hewlett Packard.

David was brought up in a multi-lingual household and knows English, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. He is also a musician, having worked as a television composer and as the in-house composer for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

In 1999, David became known as "Slangman" to 90 million listeners in 120 countries due to his regular 5-year segment on Voice of Americas Coast to Coast. Throughout the past 10 years, he has been the owner and CEO of Slangman Publishing, Inc., a publishing company specializing in materials on slang and idioms.

David is also the creator of Slangman's World, a children's TV show, currently in preproduction, which introduces children age 2-6 to the world of foreign languages and cultures, as well as popular American expressions in an environment of music, animation, and magic.

To date, David has appeared in more than 250 national and international radio and television programs helping parents to understand their teens, including; The Jenny Jones Show, The Sharon Osbourne Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN International, and has been a recurring guest on the KTLA Morning Show and Canada's most popular talk show, the Vicki Gabereau Show. David was also a commentator at the 2004 Academy Awards for the BBCs Five Live (a program broadcasting to 7 million people throughout the United Kingdom) to speak about slang used in American movies and TV shows.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that will unravel the mysteries of the everyday French language, look no further. Street French 2 goes far beyond the standard idiomatic translations, even including practice puzzles and exercises. I would recommend it to those who are already very familiar with the language but would like to improve their overall knowledge of conversational French. It is not a book for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Durnell on October 1, 2009
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I bought this book as an idiom review and I do like the way it is structured. There are enough exercises to reinforce the message without it becoming exhaustive and each chapter varies from the last. The puzzles and word games are a nice addition. One thing I find distracting, however, is the phonetic spelling that attempts to get people to pronounce things the way they would be heard by a native speaker. The idea behind this is sound, but, in any language, correct diction is always the best way to make oneself understood if a non-native speaker is communicating with a native. If you spend any length of time in France, the local diction will automatically become a part of your manner of speaking. In trying to force this you risk phonetic errors that make you sound like an amateur.
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