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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This third edition of the backlist staple is packed with exercises, activities, and cultural tidbits-providing enough information to start speaking a little French in just a few days, or to deepen one's understanding and fluency.

Idiot-proof techniques to master pronunciation, grammar, and usage
Offers a lively and up-to-date vocabulary, without that stilted textbook to
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 464 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Alpha (first published September 1st 1999)
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This is an idiot's guide, it is not a textbook or a Pimsleur course or a phrasebook... But it kind of tries to be something in the middle of all three.

I definitely learnt things from the book, but not as much as I had hoped, and it felt a bit all over the place (though this is a style that idiot's guides tend to use).

It was good, if I saw a second hand copy I would buy it for my reference shelf, but I wouldn't spend money on a new copy.
I wish I would have had this book a few months ago when my nephew decided to take French and then brought his homework over to me since I took French in college in the early 1990's.

Est-ce que je peux vous aider? (May I help you?)
This book might be the helper that you need to fake it until you make it in French.

Aye Aye Sanda Htun
helpful for me in learning french.
I decided to learn french, although I have no idea why. This book has been really helpful in explaining everything and does an excellent job of spelling everything out phonetically! I have come to appreciate it very much.
Nice way to get a quick summary of French. It must have done something, because I can now understand some basic conversation stuff and the majority of what I've read in passing.
Aug 23, 2009 AF marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
leafed through the 4th ed from library--will require more free time to commit to this as it seems a worthy tool!
Dec 15, 2009 Mike marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good basics, but I didn't like how it just ignored the rules and grammar until halfway through.
clear and pretty much helpful, i just can't get myself to read the whole book word for word though!

3 stars.
Trying to brush up on my high school French before my trip this fall -- so far, it's been helpful.
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