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French Language Books

Behind the Wheel French by Mark Frobose
Audio CD
ISBN: 1893564789, Published by Language Dynamics.

Book Description

Behind The Wheel French is the ideal way to learn to speak French while you drive because there is no confusion, no reading, no looking up meanings, and no guessing. It's all on the CDs. Use your commute time to effectively learn to speak a new language with this delightful course whose method will have you speaking your first sentences in your new language within minutes of receiving your course, and enjoying it. At last, a French CD course which requires no reading and which teaches you to actually speak and understand authentic conversational French in a minimum of time and effort. Designed by the experts at Language Dynamics, 'Behind The Wheel' courses take the learner from basic to intermediate speaking and comprehension level without the guesswork and pain usually associated with language learning. A native speaker of French teaches you her language the way it's really spoken while a trained accentless American instructor explains it all in clear English so you always understand everything you're learning. Most language learners spend over 50% of their time looking up meanings instead of learning the language. With Behind the Wheel courses the language learning process is speeded up by giving you immediate answers to exercises, clear English translations, dynamic sentence building techniques, and high frequency vocabulary that teach you the language naturally like you learned English as a child. Behind The Wheel Courses are the ideal way to learn any language while you drive because there is no confusion, no reading, no looking up meanings, and no guessing. It's all on the CDs. Use your commute time to effectively learn to speak a new language with this delightful course whose method will have you speaking your first words in your new language within minutes of receiving your course, and enjoying it.

Larousse Pocket Dictionary: French-English/English-French
Paperback
ISBN: 2035420105, Published by Larousse, 768 pages.

Book Description

The revised and updated edition of the Larousse Pocket Dictionary: French-English / English-French is the ideal companion for those who wish to understand and speak everyday French. This latest edition features a brand-new guide to using the dictionary, making this already easy-to-use reference even better.
Easy to carry or to tuck into a suitcase, this handy reference includes

An attractive price and a portable pocket format make this dictionary ideal for students and travelers.

Merde! : The Real French You Were Never Taught at School by Genevieve
Paperback
ISBN: 0684854279, Published by Fireside, 112 pages.

From the Back Cover

Zut Alors!!!

Here is the real French you were never taught in school: body parts (and we don't mean tête or yeux), the ever-popular and long-sought bodily functions, various and sundry epithets for every occasion, and more. Of course, your teachers failed to give you the necessary tools of communication while stuffing the subjunctive imperfect down your throat. French argot (slang) is not just the dirty words (though have no fear, you'll find them here). It is an immensely rich language with its own words for very ordinary things. Merde! is a survival guide for understanding everyday French as it is really spoken.

The Ultimate French Review and Practice: Mastering French Grammar for Confident Communication by David M. Stillman
Paperback
ISBN: 0658000748, Published by McGraw-Hill, 448 pages.

Book Description

A good grasp of grammar enables the foreign-language learner to build skill and confidence in communication. Here's the "ultimate," painless way for intermediate and advanced learners to brush up on the rules. Each grammatical concept is explained and then illustrated with lively sentence examples; extensive exercises offer practice at applying this knowledge in everyday conversation. Also included are "culture notes," authentic documents, vocabulary boxes, and verb charts, as well as a full answer key and index.

French Language Software

Rosetta Stone French Explorer
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/Me

Amazon.com Editorial Review
It is a credit to Fairfield Language Technologies that its French Explorer is one of the best examples of language-learning software--period. If you are used to the old-fashioned but lamentably persistent grammar-translation method of learning languages, French Explorer may surprise you because it involves no overt instruction in grammar or lists of vocabulary with English translations. Instead, it relies on very clever contextualization of French words and structures with photographs so that you never realize you're learning grammar. We literally found ourselves speaking and understanding quite a bit of basic French in about an hour.

Each graduated lesson works like this: First, you learn a new word by seeing a picture of, say, a dog. You then read the French word for "the dog" and hear it spoken: le chien. After learning a whole set of words this way, you move into self-quizzing mode, where you see just a picture of a boy and you have to choose the right word, either from spoken or written cues. This emphasis on listening comprehension is fantastic and is one of the components that sets the software apart, but there are also reading and writing exercises.

So how do they cover grammar? Eventually, for instance, you'll see le chien under a picture of one dog and les chiens under a picture of two dogs. If you are a grammar guru, you might be able to figure out that plural nouns take les and end in s. However, the beauty is you don't have to be a grammar guru at all because the software doesn't expect you to state rules like that; it expects you only to associate a picture of more than one dog with les chiens instead of le chien. Eventually you get into longer phrases that cover verbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases. It's amazingly effortless, especially so for children as young as 6.

Caveats: The CD-ROM includes both Mac OS and Windows versions. Your installation will include the first-level lessons of a couple dozen other languages for free, too, so you have to know that the French word for "French" is franšais in order to select it from the list. Also, remember that software is no replacement for French-speaking people, so take what you learn and use it in the world! - Erik Macki

Rosetta Stone French Personal Edition Level 1
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/Me

Amazon.com Product Description
The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older)

Rosetta Stone French Personal Edition Level 1 & 2
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/Me

Amazon.com Product Description
This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists or drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson, and there are automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with the native speaker to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older)


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