Countdown to French : Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 14, 2003)
Author: Gail Stein
Master French in just one day When time is of the essence, trust Countdown to French to help readers master the language quickly and effectively. Organized into 24 units–each of which is designed to take no more than one hour to study–this self-instruction book presents material in a "countdown" fashion, from Hour 24 all the way down to 0, allowing learners to gauge their progress along the way. Beginning with a basic introduction of grammar and vocabulary fundamentals, the units move quickly to practical conversational skills for both vacation and business travelers. Upon completion of the guide–the equivalent of just one day–readers eager to apply their newly honed language skills will be able to communicate in a variety of everyday, real-world situations.
From the Back Cover
Go from being feckless to flawless at French in only 24 hours
So you're leaving for France in a few days and you don't speak a word of the language? What will you do if you get lost in Paris and have to ask for directions? Or your rental car acts up and you need a mechanic? Or your flight from Nice is delayed and you want to reschedule? Believe it or not, it isn't too late! With Countdown to French, in just 24 hours you'll learn to speak like a native in all sorts of everyday situations.
This unique and efficient countdown self-instruction is organized into 24 units, each designed to take no more than one hour to study. Beginning with an introduction to basic pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, the units move quickly to practical conversational skills for both vacation and business travelers. By the time you count down to 00:00 hours, you'll know how to:
Sound like a native, from syllable stress to nasal vowels
Recognize and properly use nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
Ask and answer any type of question, in person or on the phone
Get help anywhere, from the auto shop to the post office to the dry cleaner's
Cope with travel needs at the airport, hotel, or train station
Conduct business effectively
Neither a daunting textbook nor a flimsy phrase book, this unique language system combines grammar and vocabulary instruction into manageable, highly effective 60-minute lessons. Once you've completed the lessons, you'll be ready try out your newly honed skills on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur. You'll be amazed at what a difference a day makes!
French Grammar and Usage
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (May 17, 2001)
Author: Roger Hawkins, Richard Towell
Here's the extensively revised and updated edition of a reference renowned for its sweeping coverage, straightforward approach, and simple explanations. Teaming up with native speaker, Marie-Noelle Lamy, the authors give extra attention to areas that are especially difficult for English-speaking learners. The guide is designed for people with an intermediate or advanced knowledge in French, and it covers both formal and informal language. The new edition features fresh examples and even easier to use cross-referencing and indexing. Grammar demystified, and usage made crystal clear with: Explanations of all major structures of French and points of grammar Up-to-date examples to illustrate grammar and usage Practical tips on what can and what cannot be said Simple-to-use organization, cross-referencing, and indexing
About the Author
Roger Hawkins, Ph.D., (Colchester, England) is a professor and head of the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Richard Towell, Ph.D., (Bolton, England) is a professor and head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Salford.
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