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Magnificent phrase book
on February 6, 2012
This book is surprisingly thin, but the content is helpful. If you don't know any French, this is the book for you. It provides some common phrases on a variety of subjects, and also includes pronunciation.
One note: This book was originally published in 1956, so some things may be out of date. For example, asking to develop a roll of film, and calling a waiter garçon. I've been told by my French teacher that it's rude to call waiters garçon nowadays (which means "boy"), so, be warned. As far as I can tell, though, everything else is accurate and simple.
This book doesn't teach you how to have a conversation with a French person. It teaches you how to say basic things (Such as "where is the train station," "how much does it cost," "thank you," etc.). This would probably be a particularly good book for tourists.