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The Usborne First Thousand Words in French (First Picture Book) Hardcover – March, 1996

4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Series: First Picture Book
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Edc Pub; Revised edition (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746023057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746023051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is incredibly helpful from children ages 6 all the way up to adults. You can be in French 1 in high school or AP French in college. No matter which way you go, this book helps you review for all the common French words that no tourist should be without. What's that word for watermelon? How about bathroom? Oh, dang, I forgot how to say tooth! Well, just review the pages of this book and its cute little pictures, and you'll remember in no time. It's also great if you're trying to teach young children their 2nd language, which I recommend, because children learn easier. This book will be fun for them, and for you to brush up on your French!
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My 2-year old girl loves this book. I am originally French and want my daughter to be fluent. I speak to her exclusively in French but there are a lot of words that one tends to miss in day-to-day conversation. This book has helped me tremendously to build up her vocabulary. Each page features a different theme (School, Farm, Garden...) She likes to select the page herself and identify all that she knows in the illustration. There are also "action verbs", "opposites" etc. It features a lot more than I thought. I bought a similar book in France last year but get much more use out of this one.
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This is a terrific book for those wanting to master a basic French vocabulary. The tableaux are interesting and humorous, turning bits and pieces of everyday childhood scenes into indelible events. It is appropriate for all ages even though its format makes it appear as a children's book. For really young children, a much simplier text, such as those in the series "My First Bilingual Book," would be more appropriate. Also for younger readers are texts such as "My First French Book."

There are two editions of "First Thousand Words in French"; hardcover and paper. The hardcover sells for a few dollars more than the paper. It appears that the hardcover has been withdrawn from sales and is available only on the secondary market. In any event, only the paperback appears to be available as new from Amazon at present. I have both versions but I prefer the hardcover for the simple reason that the pages fold out completely flat, whereas the pages of the paperback do not (an annoyance). The hardcover is also very nicely bound; it will last until the next Ice Age. Were I to buy another copy of this book, I would purchase it "new" from the secondary market. You can buy a completely new hardcover (or slightly used copy, if you prefer) by clicking on the button "See all buying options." The few extra dollars the hardcover costs is worth it, in my opinion.

The pronunciation guide found on the Internet is available without any passwords or other proof of purchase being necessary. It is well organized, by topic and page number. The French pronunciation is by a native French speaker, distinct and crystal-clear.
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This was my second "First Thousand Words" book, the other being Japanese. They are similar as far as the drawings, but the words are different of course.

Here is what I like about the book: There are no English translations on the main pages. There is a list of the English words and French words in the glossary, but on each page with the picture, the French word is listed under the individual picture of the object. This is great because it makes your brain link the actual object to the French word, not to an English word for the object. You see an apple and you think "pomme!" instead of looking at the apple, seeing "apple" and then translating "pomme". It is the method used by Rosetta Stone.

These 1000 words are good, everyday words. You learn everything from animals to colors, relatives to actions, airports to homes. The words are useful, and they are good for building vocabulary. Of course there are not conjugations (for verbs or adjectives), but often the male and female words are listed in those instances where both are applicable.

It's a great little resource that I like to peek through every now and again. Worth buying used for sure.
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Very cute book for children (or beginners learning French). It is a picture with the French word association book. Fun pictures and fun book. In the back of the book is a word list with the French and English word.
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Purchased this book to introduce French to my children, thinking it they were interested we would study it further. Love the colorful pictures, helpful dictionary and pronunciation guide the back, and simplicity of style. Purchased this book (used) in Spanish and it is identical except for the words. :) Would love to have this book in other languages, too!
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First 1000 Words is listed as a children's book to aid in learning French but this is also an excellent book to help adults learn French. The drawings of objects along with their French names enables the student to essentially "skip the middle man" of thinking through the English word and the student begins thinking in French. Additionally the phonetic pronunciations and English counterparts are listed in the back of the book to clear up any possible confusion. First 1000 Words is great for children, adults, and children learning French with adults!
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