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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to learning French
Author:
Stein, Gail.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alpha, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 456 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Added Title:
Learning French.
ISBN:
9780028632292
Format :
Book

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Gail Stein is the author of the first edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French on Your Own and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Spanish On Your Own, Second Edition. She is a well-known language instructor who has taught in New York City public schools for more than 20 years. She lives in Bayside, New York.


Table of Contents

Part 1 The Bare Basicsp. 1
1 The Top Ten Reasons You Should Study Frenchp. 3
Reality Checkp. 4
Fast Forwardp. 6
Forget Your Fearp. 7
2 Pronounce It Properlyp. 9
The Stress of It Allp. 10
Not Dangerous Liaisons--Elisionsp. 10
Add a Little Accent Herep. 11
Vowel Sounds Simplifiedp. 13
You're Supposed to Sound Nasal!p. 17
Consonants Are Easy!p. 19
3 The French You Knowp. 25
I Know This Already!p. 25
What We've Borrowedp. 32
False Friends (Faux Amis)p. 34
4 Idiomatically Speakingp. 37
Idioms Aren't for Idiots!p. 37
Idioms Versus Slangp. 38
Getting Off to a Fast Startp. 39
5 Grasp That Grammar!p. 49
Grappling with Grammarp. 50
I'm No Idiot--Using a Bilingual Dictionary Is Easyp. 51
6 French--The Sexy Languagep. 55
The Battle of the Sexesp. 56
When There's More Than Onep. 63
7 On the Move!p. 69
Who's the Subject?p. 69
Moving Along with Verbsp. 73
Go Ahead! Ask Me a Question!p. 78
And the Answer Isp. 81
Verb Tablesp. 82
Part 2 Travel Timep. 87
8 Greetings and Salutationsp. 89
Becoming Friendsp. 89
To Be or Not to Bep. 91
Using etrep. 93
What's Your Line?p. 93
Curiosity Killed a Cat...but Not Youp. 95
9 I'd Like to Get to Know Youp. 101
Here's the Clanp. 101
You Belong to Mep. 103
Taking the Conversation a Little Furtherp. 108
What's He/She Like?p. 110
When There's a Crowdp. 115
Get in Positionp. 117
10 Navigating the Airportp. 121
On the Planep. 121
At the Airportp. 125
Going Placesp. 128
Where's the...?p. 130
There It Isp. 130
Are You Dazed and Confused?p. 134
11 Getting There Without Delayp. 137
Planes, Trains, and Automobilesp. 138
The Best Way to Gop. 139
Something Differentp. 140
It's Up to Youp. 140
Fill 'er Upp. 141
You're Going in the Right Directionp. 145
How Much Does It Cost?p. 147
What Time Is It?p. 151
12 A Room with a Viewp. 155
It's a Great Hotel! But Does It Have...?p. 155
Going Upp. 161
Making a Changep. 165
cer Verbsp. 165
ger Verbsp. 166
yer Verbsp. 167
e+consonant+er Verbsp. 168
e+Consonant+er Verbsp. 170
Reviewing "Shoe" Verbsp. 171
Part 3 Fun Timep. 173
13 Today's Weather Is...p. 175
It's 30 Degrees, but They're Wearing String Bikinis!p. 176
What Day Is It?p. 180
The Best Month for a Tripp. 181
The Four Seasonsp. 182
You Have a Datep. 182
What Do You Make of This?p. 187
14 Sightseeingp. 191
The Sights to Seep. 192
We Shall Seep. 193
Are You an Animal Lover?p. 194
Making a Lot of Suggestionsp. 196
What Do You Think?p. 198
Up, Up, and Awayp. 200
Y Gads!p. 204
15 I Wanna Shop Till I Dropp. 209
Now That's My Kinda Store!p. 210
You're Putting Me Onp. 218
The Object of My Affectionp. 221
You Want It? Ask for It!p. 225
Expressing Preferencesp. 226
Expressing Opinionsp. 227
I'll Take This, That, One of These, and Some of Thosep. 227
16 An Old-Fashioned, Home-Cooked Mealp. 231
You'd Better Shop Aroundp. 232
Quantity Countsp. 243
ir Verb Irregularitiesp. 246
The Treat's on Mep. 249
17 Eating Outp. 251
Select a Place You'd Likep. 252
I'm Hungry. Let's Eat!p. 261
Diet Do's and Dont'sp. 263
Drink to Me Onlyp. 266
You Can't Have It Allp. 268
The Pronoun enp. 270
Delicieux!p. 271
18 Fun and Gamesp. 273
Sports Are My Lifep. 273
Want to Join Me?p. 275
Other Things to Dop. 281
Just How Good Are You?p. 288
Part 4 Time Out: Problemsp. 295
19 Bad Hair? Torn Jacket? Broken Glasses? Personal Servicesp. 297
I'm Having a Bad Hair Dayp. 297
Problems and Then Somep. 301
Comparison Shoppingp. 310
20 I Need a Doctor...Now!p. 315
It Hurts Right Herep. 315
You Give Me a Pain in thep. 317
And the Diagnosis Isp. 320
What Are You Doing to Yourself?p. 324
21 Oops, I Forgot to Pack My Toothbrush!p. 331
I Need an Aspirinp. 331
Come Alongp. 335
You Must Be Living in the Pastp. 336
22 Phone Home...or Anywhere Elsep. 345
Making a Callp. 346
Using a Public Phonep. 349
Hello? Who's Calling?p. 351
Sorry, Wrong Numberp. 352
What Are Your Obligations?p. 353
23 Please, Mr. Postmanp. 357
Sending Your Mailp. 358
Sending a Telegramp. 361
I Love to Readp. 362
Do You Know Anything About This?p. 363
What Was Going On?p. 365
The Passe Compose vs. the Imperfectp. 367
Part 5 It's Time for Businessp. 371
24 For the Businesspersonp. 373
I Need Suppliesp. 373
Photocopies, Faxes, and Computersp. 375
Surfing the Netp. 381
Being a Good Businesspersonp. 382
There's Hope for the Futurep. 387
25 Buying and Renting Propertyp. 393
Rent a Chateaup. 393
Here Are the Conditionsp. 400
26 Money Is the Issuep. 403
At the Bankp. 403
Services I Needp. 407
These Are My Needsp. 409
Appendix
A Answer Keyp. 415
Indexp. 449

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