- Series: Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Living Language; Revised and Updated ed. edition (July 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400009634
- ISBN-13: 978-1400009633
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Language has been a proven and effective language learning instruction for over 65 years. Using techniques originally developed for the US State Department, the Living Language Method follows a four point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, advancing to full sentences and conversations, practicing with recall exercises aimed at both short and long term memory and developing practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation. Living Language is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
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arranged. Short dialogs not only illustrate grammar principles but the French character as they present
situations of interest to foreigners.
Each chapter gives a brief dialogue, verb conjugation and grammar instruction in a very concise and understandable way. While the book touches upon a lot of the basics that one needs to read and write the language, the chapters are quite short and do not give a lot of depth. At the end of the each chapter there are a few "exercises" that touch upon the matters just explained.
All and all, the book does not go into a lot of depth but it does cover a wide array of sentence structure, verb conjugation, spelling changes and verb tenses that one needs to be more fluent in the French language. Certainly worth the price. One will definitely improve one's French from studying what the book has to offer.
After using it it appears that:
+: little conversation at the beginning of each chapter is a good way to introduce the theme and to practice pronunciation. The themes are quite interesting, they are dealing more with real life than pure grammar.
-: Vocab part doesn't include words I am using all the time when speaking with my friends in France (and it's not slang) so I would say that a good vocab book / website should be added to help learners.