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The Usborne First Thousand Words in French (First Picture Book) Hardcover – March, 1996
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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 It appears that the hardcover has been withdrawn from sales and is available only on the secondary market.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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a used book, but it had a musty smell that required hanging it in a well-ventilated room, with pages spread to thoroughly dry them out. All is fine now. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by D. Brown
Excellent book for building basic vocabulary in French. This book also includes a guide to pronunciation.
The pictures are also very helpful.
I love these books - pictures are great and engaging. I was expecting an A4 size book and it's about A5-A6 size - small but perfect!Published 10 months ago by Scrapali