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Teach Yourself Complete French - Book and 2 Audio CD - visit France

Teach Yourself Complete French

Book and 2 Audio CDs

Gaelle Graham

teach yourself complete french

Teach Yourself Complete French - Learn to Speak French - Book and 2 Audio CDs

Brand New :  Book and 2 Audio CDs - 400+ page book


Are you looking for a complete course in French which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete French will guarantee success! Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online. The course is structured in 25 thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work. By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with full colour text, easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

AUTHOR INSIGHTS
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

GRAMMAR TIPS
Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.

USEFUL VOCABULARY
Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.

DIALOGUES
Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.

PRONUNCIATION
Don’t sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.

TEST YOURSELF
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at: www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of France.

TRY THIS
Innovative exercises illustrate what you’ve learnt and how to use it.

The complete, fully interactive language learning package
* Pack contains book with new full-colour page design and fresh layout and CDs with fully downloadable audio content
* Interactive features include 1 and 5 minute summaries and author tips and insights
* Clear level delineation helps learners identify an achievable target; the course encompasses levels 1 to level 4 of the Common European Framework for Languages

Table of Contents:
Introduction
01 Salutations
02 Premiers contacts
03 On fait connaissance
04 Un voyage en bateau
05 On visite la vieille ville
06 Ou stationner?
07 L'hebergement
08 A l'hotel
09 Une si jolie petite ville!
10 Choisir un restaurant
11 La pluie et le beau temps!
12 Au restaurant
13 Sur la route
14 On cherche un appartement
15 Dans les grandes surfaces
16 A la maison du peuple
17 On cherche du travail
18 On prend le TGV
19 A l'hopital
20 On prend le metro
21 Si on gagnait le gros lot ...
22 Les greves
23 La vie de famille
24 Un repas familial
25 Si on achetait une maison?
Revision unit
Key to the exercises
Transcripts of listening exercises
Grammar summary
Verb tables
French-English vocabulary
English-French vocabulary

About the Author Gaëlle Graham:

Gaëlle Graham holds degrees from the Sorbonne and the University of Kent, and has over 25 years’ experience of teaching French in secondary schools and as a teacher trainer.

About the French Language

French is the most northerly of the ROMANCE LANGUAGES that descend from Latin, the language of the Roman Empire. Historically it is the language of northern France: it became France's national language, and spread to many other parts of the world with French conquest and trade.
The Celtic-speaking inhabitants of Gaul were among the first non-Italians to take a full part in the culture of the Roman Empire. Not surprisingly, there are Celtic loanwords in Latin and in all the Romance languages. There are a few documents and religious texts in French of the 10th and 11th centuries, but the first real flowering of French literature is in epics, the first and greatest being the Chanson de Roland `Song of Roland' of around 1200. They were recorded in manuscript form for oral recitation. From this beginning, French poetry soon became more varied and more consciously literary. Although the language of Paris and of the neighbouring royal monastery of Saint-Denis was already influential, medieval French texts have varied dialect links. This is natural since Paris was not the only major centre of French cultural life. After the Norman conquest in 1066, London was another: for nearly two centuries after that date not English but the Anglo-Norman variety of French was the usual language of literature in England (alongside Latin). The oldest and best manuscript of the Chanson de Roland is Anglo-Norman.
As the connections between England and France grew more distant, Anglo-Norman –instead of developing into a new modern Romance language – regressed to a jargon of lawyers and courtiers. Its descendant, 'Law French', can still be found in fossilised phrases in modern English legal terminology. But English, now revived as a language of culture and literature, had taken in a mass of loanwords from French, involving most aspects of everyday life, often providing near-synonyms to Germanic words: thus while English still uses Germanic terms such as ox, sheep, pig for the domesticated animals, it uses the French loanwords beef, mutton, pork (modern French boeuf 'ox', mouton 'sheep', pore 'pig') for their meat.
Meanwhile Paris was asserting its position at the centre of French culture. The central role of French, the French of Paris, followed from this. Two landmarks are the foundation of the University of Paris, chartered in 1231; the spread of printing, at the end of the 15th century; and the Ordonnance de Villers-Gotteret, 1539, which ruled that legal proceedings in France must be en langaige maternel francois, 'in the French mother tongue'. In practice, this asserted the uniquely privileged status of French not only against Latin but also against OCCITAN, BRETON, BASQUE and the local dialects or patois of French.
Yet French does borrow from its regional languages: bijou 'jewel' is a Breton loanword, while bouillabaisse 'fish soup' is one of many food words borrowed from Occitan dialects.
By the 16th century, French was the language of an astonishingly rich literature – and writings in French were read, admired, translated and imitated across all of western Europe. Among the greatest of older classics had been the poetic Romance of the Rose (adapted in English by Chaucer), the Arthurian romance sequence Lancelot (the main source for Malory's English Morte Darthure) and the vivid chronicles of the Hundred Years War written – in French that was influenced by his native Picard dialect – by Jean Froissart. The 16th century was a period of exciting and varied experiment, and also of much linguistic borrowing from Latin and from Italian.
A reaction followed, often identified with the influence of Francois de Malherbe (1555-1628). Written French became a rule-bound language, with an artificially restricted vocabulary. In spite of the Enlightenment and in spite of the French Revolution and all that has followed, in many ways written French is still rule-bound. Spelling and usage are overseen by the Academie Francaise, a self-elected college of eminent authors and intellectuals, under government patronage. Standard French differs rather widely from most people's everyday speech. Traditional French verse, which some still write, demands a special pronunciation (see box). For all this, French remains the language of a very rich and flourishing literary culture, in some ways the most vital in Europe.

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