This is as complete beginner's course in French which covers the requirements of the various GCSE examination syllabuses, and provides a good background to the language for students on RSA and other similar courses. The approach is designed to be of particular value for further education and self-study purposes.This is as complete beginner's course in French which covers the requirements of the various GCSE examination syllabuses, and provides a good background to the language for students on RSA and other similar courses. The approach is designed to be of particular value for further education and self-study purposes.Read Less
Since this book doesn't come with any audio material you need be either rather confident in pronouncing French already or get some extra audio material. The book itself was quite fun and easy to use, it made the language unintimidating. There is also alot of phonetic transcriptions in the book to help you with the pronunciation. All exercises are designed for self-learners, there are no group exercises. I recommend you get the later editions rather than the older ones because they are alot more modern. The silly thing is that this book, even as new, costs dramatically less than 90% of all "real" textbooks used in classes eventhough it covers the same grammar. In addition I think it explains things in a more straight-forward manner than most other books.It's a very unpretentious book to say the least.
Apr 3, 2008
A very good French primer!
This is a very good book to help the beginning or intermediate student of French to understand the basics of the language. Unlike most computer manuals, it's easy to read & understand. French is, however not terribly easy for an English-speaking person to master, due to the rich language (most of which isn't in any beginning text) and the (for English speakers) difficult pronunciation. So, the book MUST be used along with a method of speaking French with someone who has mastered the language- from the very outset. Otherwise very bad speaking habits will develop and will only have to be unlearned later- why not do it right to begin with? The one real advantage native English speakers have in learning French is that over 40% of all words in English derive from French- some are very close in meaning, other meanings have changed- but again the pronunciation- and spoken methods of linking words and use of contractions (not so different from English, here!) must be mastered, and should be done by working with a fluent teacher or tutor in person. Re this book, even if a typical class text is being used, this book might serve to help understand sometimes seemingly difficult sentence constructions in French that simply do not exist in English. I highly recommend this book, especially considering its very, very reasonable price!
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