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1001 Most Useful French Words (Dover Language Guides French)
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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.
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.
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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The book is easy to digest and we just have to read the words and go over the example, writ them with our own hands and read them out loud. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ibrahim