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1001 Most Useful French Words (Dover Language Guides French)

4.0 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0486419442
ISBN-10: 0486419444
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Language Guides French
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486419444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486419442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Most of the book is dictionary style, with French words alphabetized. The entry tells if the word is masculine or feminine and if it's plural. A very brief definition is given, and then the word is used in a French sentence followed by an English translation.
Example: échanger; to exchange; J'aimerais échanger cette robe que j'ai achetée hier. I would like to exchange this dress that I bought yesterday.
Also included is a category section, which lists la famille (the family), les jours de la semaine (days of the week), les mois de la'année (months of the year), les saisons (sesaons), les nombres (numbers), les couleurs (colors), la nourriture (food), les magasins (stores), les occupations (occupations), and les animaux (animals).
At the back is one vocabulary page to help with endings of words, to show some words that are the same both in English and French, and to help with a few other grammatical tips.
This really isn't for someone who doesn't know any French at all, as it could be difficult to follow. It isn't a phrasebook for visitors to France, as a lot of basics that tourists need to know are not included. However, if you have been studying French or need to just brush up on your vocabulary, this inexpensive little book is a smart choice.
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Excellent reference guide at the price, good for beginning, as well as more advanced students. The use of the words in sentences is most helpful.
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I give this 3 stars because, FOR THE PRICE, it is a decent book. Who can complain at the price? I DID, however, just do two reviews for "Routledge Frequency Dictionaries", and found them to be better overall. I gave them 4 and 5 stars, so I HAVE to give this one fewer stars. If the rank were out of ten stars, the others would have had 9 and 8, and this one would have been 6.

If you are looking to have a basic, but somewhat impressive, vocabulary, and do it quickly and at a low price, this is a good book. I bought this book, but I am STILL waiting for the Routledge Frequency Dictionary for French.
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1001 Most Useful French Words is a slim and highly recommended collection of useful French words will delight students of French and those seeking a stronger, more in-depth vocabulary. Over 1,000 frequently-used French words and phrases are included, with a separate section featuring common words arranged by category. The perfect language primer.
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Simply put, I learned more French from this two dollar book than from all other French books combined!
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This is not the most useful book of most useful French words. It would be more useful if it had a larger category section. As it is, it is primarily a 49 page dictionary with a four page category section at the end. It ends with one page of tips.
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Out of the 48 existing reviews on this book, I find it amazing that no one else realized that the book is full of mistakes. The person who wrote this book is clearly not French!

Examples: Page 16, Embassy, in french is "ambassade" not "embassade". Page 6 word: "bois", yes, the French word for "wood". However, the example, "J'ai une jolie boîte de bois pour garder ma bijouterie". First it's boîte "en" bois, not "de" bois (a "boîte en bois" is a wooden box. A "boîte de bois" is a box of wood), and "bijouterie" is the French word for jewelry store, not jewelry. It's goes on and on like this. Just thumbing through it, you'll find dozens of misuses and mistakes. This is not a good resource for someone learning the language.

As for the layout and organization of the book, even though other reviews of the book have been quite critical of it, I actually find that part to be quite nice. It's a tiny book that you can throw in your bag and read when opportunity presents; on a plane, waiting for a bus or metro. It's a good idea, but it should have been edited by someone who actually knows French.
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Basically a list of 1000 French words. Some are general nouns others are verbs (no conjugations). In either matter this is good for using to become familiar as beginner to common words. It's also completely paperback and rather flat so it's pretty damn portable. As it's really cheap, it's not a bad buy (if you can get it without shipping)
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