501 French Verbs: with CD-ROM (501 Verbs Series) 6th Edition
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- Item Weight : 2.28 pounds
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764179837
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764179839
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Barron's Educational Series; 6th edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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categories, the verbs in blue at the top of each page, and CD Rom. There are helpful articles in the front and back of the book with lists of the verbs in French to English and English to French. I learned from French speaking friends in Quebec that learning all 14 tenses is ridiculous; there are only a few tenses used full time. This volume is also very helpful when reading French; if I can figure out the infinitive of a verb being used, I can dig into this book, find the word in the conjugation that matches the one in the text, and Voila! I have the tense (passe, present, futur, en suit). The book is fun to browse through, read, study in a relaxed manner, and learn about French verbs.
This book wasn't required for the class, but apparently, it was something the teacher assumed students would acquire.
Needless to say, I was more than a bit dazed. When I studied Spanish, it wasn't until the 6th week we started conjugating verbs and even then, we started with regular verbs, keeping the irregulars until later. Perhaps this teacher has a point -- it's a little hard to say much when you can't say am, are, was, were, be, been, is or I'll go in the target language. It's as good a place as any to start, I suppose.
Now, the book itself cannot be rivaled. It provides the most comprehensive French verb reference around. Between what you see in the the 501 verbs in the book, look beyond this in the back and discover a whole slew of other verbs and their cross-referenced conjugations.
This is a must-have for any French language student or teacher. But again, my only "issue" was the poorly made CD to accompany this outstanding reference tool.
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Now perhaps I am missing something - but the great thing about the book is in the meaty centre section of the book, the 501 pages where there is a page for each verb - and at one glance you can see everything related to that verb on that one page.
But when I try that on the Kindle edition of my new French one - there appears to be no facility to find the "page" boundaries.
So one verb flows seamlessly into the next - This is very off putting and makes it hard to look things up.
So I ask again am I missing something or has the process of putting this book into the Kindle version goofed up? It's not like a novel where the page boundaries don't matter - for this book the physical page boundaries are important!!!!
I wish the "original" version had been like this edition; it would have made the book easier to use. Learning the verbs, however, is still hard work, and there is no way around that.
HOWEVER, the CD-ROM (with more exercises) does NOT work with a Mac unless you have a very elderly machine. My geek husband managed to hack it with a virtual machine but I would never have managed to make it work by myself.