Présentation de l'éditeur
These “false friends” can cause misunderstandings, uncomfortable situations, and even embarrassment when you use them in conversation and they mean something entirely different than what you meant to say.
This book will help you avoid these embarrassing misunderstandings. It’s not a dry list of faux amis. It’s written in conversational language and it’s easy and fun to read. You’ll learn how each French word differs from the English one. Almost all of them are also accompanied by examples of the word used in sentences and phrases to illustrate, and to make very clear, exactly how it should be used.
When you have finished reading this book, you will hopefully remember most of these faux amis simply because they are really fascinating to learn about, without having had to consciously memorize them.
Here are some comments from others about this and other books on learning French by this author:
“I think your books are wonderful. You have made a fantastic contribution to the French language profession.” --- Professor Judy Baughin, Raymond Walters College
“I have very much enjoyed "Faux Amis" and plan to order it for my translation class this coming semester. You have done a real service to learners of French...This is important work.” --- Professor John Romeiser, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“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 love the Faux Amis, especially the relaxed, conversational presentation. I’m going to suggest that we recommend it for students in our intermediate and advanced classes as a supplementary reference book.” ---- Professor Norman Shapiro, Wesleyan University
“Your little books are great!” ---- Professor AG Fralin, Washington and Lee University
I absolutely *love* Faux Amis and have recommended it to my third-year students. It's so well done. Faux Amis is a hard act to follow, in part because the expressions themselves capture the imagination and the comparisons are often inherently amusing. It definitely helps students ‘get it.’ --- Professor Herta Rodina, Ohio 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
The books are excellent (Faux Amis, Rules for Gender) and I've recommended them as reference texts to my third-year French composition courses. I think they're just right for that level of student. ---- Professor Luke Bouvier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
I was a little skeptical when I ordered this book, and felt it would end up being just a list of words I'd have to memorize. But is it an amazingly interesting book. --- reader reviewer, amazon.com