- Series: Routledge Frequency Dictionaries
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415775310
- ISBN-13: 978-0415775311
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Frequency Dictionary of French: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge Frequency Dictionaries) 1st Edition
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Deryle Lonsdale is Associate Professor in the Linguistics and English Language Department at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah). Yvon Le Bras is Associate Professor of French and Department Chair of the French and Italian Department at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah).
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Several experts recommend that beginners focus of learning the most common 1000 to 2000 words in the new language, noting that those words will suffice for many basic conversations. Therefore a frequency dictionary is recommended. I wanted to focus on the most frequently used nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions & verbs. It's nice that there are lists of words by parts of speech but I found a few confusing things. For example, in the list of nouns, the fourth most common noun is listed as pouvoir. For most beginners, we know pouvoir as the verb meaning "to be able". It can be a noun also (meaning "power") but its not used commonly.. In the main list of word frequency pouvoir is listed as the 20th most common word and the example sentence presents it as a verb only. Its the same situation with the word vouloir, the verb meaning "to want". It's on the list of nouns (13th on the list of nouns) and indeed it can be used as a noun, meaning "desire". However, in the main list of word frequency, it's #57, but it's presented only as a verb. It's the same with the word pendant. It's on the list of nouns but in the main list of word frequency, it's 89, but used as a preposition, which is probably its most common usage for a beginner. It's on the list of nouns because it can mean "a pendant" but that is a very uncommon use of that word. Another example is the word, penser, also on the list of nouns. Penser is the verb "to think". The noun form "a thought" is "pensée".
I do understand the concept of the lemma but why, in a $35 paperback, are there not some clarifications regarding such situations.
I did appreciate that there were lists divided by parts of speech but there were no markings along the page edges so it required lots of flipping through pages to get to the desired section.
I believe that part of the problem is the way the language is being taught, we learned vocabularies which are not really relevant to use in adult conversations, like " I brush my teeth in the bathroom". Who'd say something like that in a dinner conversation?. Hence people can only expect to start making meaningful conversations around advanced level course, which is really too slow & boring.
The way I use this book is by memorising words as many as I can (periodically) & going back over it again and again. I also frequently watch French movies, listens to French radio podcast, and read French articles on the internet.
I am pleased to say that my French has improved quite fast considering that I am studying on my own.
This book is very useful!!!