Bestselling quick-prep French course for travelers, now in CD format
This accessible minicourse provides all the communication skills needed to make the most of a foreign jaunt. In just one week--less time than it takes to get a passport--you can learn enough French to conduct typical travelers' transactions with conversational confidence.
Organized into seven units, one for each day of the week, these colorfully illustrated chapters feature: Vocabulary and phrase lists for everyday situations such as dining, shopping, and asking for directions Accessible grammar points and interactive practice exercises An easy-to-navigate vocabulary list for on-the-spot reference Dialogues and exercises performed by native speakers--now on CD Updated information about ATMs and public phones abroad
This new expanded and updated fourth edition makes reference to current technology and contemporary social expressions as it teaches the basics of spoken and written French. It's a high-school level textbook emphasizing oral proficiency and offering instruction in written French composition, reading proficiency, listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and use of French idioms. Dialogues, songs, word puzzles, and other student-friendly features help students build French communication skills as they gain insights into contemporary French life and culture. Practice and review questions are presented throughout the text, and answers to all questions are given in a set of perforated pages at the back of the book. The text is complemented with a wealth of photos and illustrations. The set of 3 audio compact discs that come with this book complement the written text's material, offering approximately three hours of coaching in French pronunciation and immersion in conversational French. The compact discs replace the older cassette tapes that came with previous editions.
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Brilliantly uniting the personal and the critical, French Lessons is a powerful autobiographical experiment. It tells the story of an American woman escaping into the French language and of a scholar and teacher coming to grips with her history of learning. Kaplan begins with a distinctly American quest for an imaginary France of the intelligence. But soon her infatuation with all things French comes up against the dark, unimagined recesses of French political and cultural life.The daughter of a Jewish lawyer who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg, Kaplan grew up in the 1960s in the Midwest. After her father's death when she was seven, French became her way of "leaving home" and finding herself in another language and culture. In spare, midwestern prose, by turns intimate and wry, Kaplan describes how, as a student in a Swiss boarding school and later in a junior year abroad in Bordeaux, she passionately sought the French "r," attentively honed her accent, and learned the idioms of her French lover. When, as a graduate student, her passion for French culture turned to the elegance and sophistication of its intellectual life, she found herself drawn to the language and style of the novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine. At the same time she was repulsed by his anti-Semitism. At Yale in the late 70s, during the heyday of deconstruction she chose to transgress its apolitical purity and work on a subject "that made history impossible to ignore: " French fascist intellectuals. Kaplan's discussion of the "de Man affair" -- the discovery that her brilliant and charismatic Yale professor had written compromising articles for the pro-Nazi Belgian press--and her personal account of the paradoxes of deconstruction are among the most compelling available on this subject. French Lessons belongs in the company of Sartre's Words and the memoirs of Nathalie Sarraute, Annie Ernaux, and Eva Hoffman. No book so engrossingly conveys both the excitement of learning and the moral dilemmas of the intellectual life.
Dreaming of Paris? Or perhaps it's Morocco or Tahiti that beckons you. Wherever your travels take you in the Francophone world, this book and interactive CD-ROM combination will cover all your language needs. Fun interactive activities, useful study tools and an easy pronunciation guide make learning French easy and enjoyable. And with a focus on practical words and phrases, which every traveler needs, you'll learn that ordering a meal, greeting the locals and finding your way around town, all in French, is simply a breeze Whether you're shopping along the Champs-Elyses or at the market in Timbuktu, make FRENCH in 10 minutes a day with CD-ROM your travel companion and the enchanting Francophone world will be yours.
This brand-new bilingual dictionary is a pocket-size edition -- just the right size to fit in a carry-on flight bag for international travel. Abridged from Barron's comprehensive, full-size French-English Dictionary, this new title contains approximately 70,000 words presented in two separate sections:
The college edition of HarperCollins Robert French Dictionary offers comprehensive covergae of both French and English, providing up-to-date coverage of buisness, political, and technical terms. The dictionary also includes extensive examples to illustrate how words are used in context, giving you the edge in speaking, reading, and writing French as it is used today.