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Speaking Better French, The Key Words and Expressions You'll Need Every Day (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Saul H. Rosenthal

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This book, and "More Key Words and Expressions" which followed it, have been hailed by reviewers as a unique and innovative idea.

They give you the absolutely essential words that you need to navigate everyday French conversation. Not the textbook formal words but the expressions that real people in France use when they talk to each other.

You'll learn when to use, and when not to use words and expressions like truc, foutu, Oh-la-la, Coucou, payer en liquide, and merde. You'll learn how to faire un bise à quelqu'un, how to say you are sorry, what les grandes surfaces are, and how to tell someone to shut up. You'll learn what a goûter is, and an apéritif dînatoire. You'll find out that Ce sale chat ! doesn't mean the cat is dirty, that passer an exam doesn't mean to pass the exam, and lots, lots more.

And it's all written in a conversational style with each word or expression explained and illustrated with examples in French and their translations in English.

You'll see why a reviewer of Key Words and Expressions on amazon.com said:

"If you really want to learn spoken French, you need this book. You'll need other books as well, you'll need audio materials, and you'll need live language experience, preferably in France. But this book is a necessity."

And why another wrote:

"Perhaps the most amazing thing about this book is that it took until 2007 for anyone to think of writing it! The author's insight is right on target. This book does indeed fill a huge and inexplicable gap in the otherwise very crowded market for books on learning French. (Come to think of it, I haven't found such books in any of the three foreign languages I've studied besides French.)"

And it's FUN to read!

Comments from others:

“I think your books are wonderful. You have made a fantastic contribution to the French language profession.” --- Professor Judy Baughin, Raymond Walters College

“As with your previous book, I am amazed at how fun to read, as well as incredibly informative the book is. It's a wonderful tool” --- Professor Brigitte Humbert, Middlebury College

“I just wanted to let you know that the copy of " Key Words and Expressions" arrived yesterday. I looked through it last night, and I have to say it is just the kind of book I would have liked to have had when I was teaching myself French oh-so-many years ago..” --- Professor John Moran, Director of Language Programs, NYU

“Your little books are great!” ---- Professor AG Fralin, Washington and Lee University

I love your books! They are easy to navigate, and they are extremely useful to non-native French speakers. Maybe I'm odd, but I actually enjoy reading them at night in bed before falling to sleep, they're that entertaining. ---- Professor John Turvaville, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

I've been perusing Key Words for the past couple of days and it's great fun. A feature I'm really liking is the focus on the day-to-day spoken language, which doesn't always follow grammar rules. I'm going to think how I could implement some of your expressions into my fall class. What a great idea for a book! --- Professor Herta Rodina, Ohio University

“I very much like what you have done with the latest book. The expressions you introduce are so much a part of everyday conversational life in France. Too bad that more French texts don't teach them.” --- Professor John Romeiser, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Learning French is hard! This makes it easier. 21 janvier 2008
Par Ellie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Pumping oneself up to dig into, gasp!, another French language learning text is hard. They are so organized, present so much of so many concepts. This takes a different tack. The organization is in the index - the main text is, well, how one learns these vital connecting phrases in real life, at random. Some of the most vital vocabulary are these ways of connecting the words and clauses we know, so that make our conversation or writing FLOW!

This contains up to a page or two on some expressions. And this gem is on the short list of my essential books for improving my knowledge of French.

Also see: 1001 MOST USEFUL FRENCH WORDS by Marcela Ottolenghi Buxbaum published by Dover in 2001. All four reviewers gave it a FIVE! Thin, unbelievable low price (try $4.00!), essential.

1001 Most Useful French Words (Beginners' Guides)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-chosen set of idioms 15 décembre 2008
Par William Mitchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having attended a French language immersion school twice in France, I can confirm that this book covers many of the sames idioms as does that school. Although one might quibble over a couple of the entries, in general these are phrases that one can hear in conversation, on the radio or television. Many, such as "avoir beau" are constructions that you don't recognize when you hear them in passing, but once you know the idiom, they seem to crop up everywhere. I especially appreciate that the author provides several examples with a colloquial English translation of each, to give the true flavor of how it's used. It is easy with words that are very close to their English counterparts to assume they have the same meaning, when the French hear something slightly different. The author also strives to identify which are spoken, casual phrases not to be used in a formal or written context. The trick now is to find the opportunity to use all these constructions when speaking, as part of the continuing process of expanding one's spoken vocabulary.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the Advanced French Speaker who needs to brush up 24 novembre 2009
Par Erik Eisel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You've been through two years of French instruction, you've read a lot of books and magazines, and you've spent some time in beautiful France meeting lots of people, but you're still struggling with the language. As they say, French might be easy to learn at first, but it is hard to master. One of the reasons is that, with the French language, the devil is in the details. It is for this reason that I highly recommend Saul Rosenthal's series of books. He concentrates on the details. The book, Speaking Better French, pulls together about 100 common - and useful!!! - idiomatic expressions used in daily spoken French. But, instead of providing a dry list or an unnatural organization of his topics, Rosenthal offers an easy-to-read book that provides an explanation of the expression, as well as several examples that show how the expression can be used in different contexts. In other words, this is a book that can be read as a "travel guide" through the nuances of the French language, as it is spoken.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a wonderful book 25 janvier 2009
Par Maddog - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an American French language student, I normally avoid American sources for learning French. This is partly because I find the American approach to learning foreign languages typically overly utilitarian, a tool in the management of an empire. And, other Americans usually just reinforce my own mistakes (as I'm sure I do theirs). So Saul Rosenthal's Speaking Better French comes as a bit of a shock. It's not just the unfailing intelligence and good taste of the author, it's his obvious love and respect for the French language. If you really want to learn spoken French, you need this book. You'll need other books as well, you'll need audio materials including French internet radio and TV5Monde, and you'll need live language experience, preferably in France. But this book is a necessity.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Really helps you speak "real" French! 23 septembre 2008
Par Reader in Palo Alto - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent book for advanced beginner and beyond. Helps you transition to speaking French as it is really spoken---rather than just literally translating English word-for-word. Teaches you all those expressions that are used all the time in real life conversation, but which get barely a mention in textbooks. Highly recommended!
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