Colloquial French: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to French as it is written and spoken today.
Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in French in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Colloquial French is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.
Key features include:
A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in France.
An overview of the sounds of French
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial French is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in French.
Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
Valerie Demouy completed her M.A. in teching French at the University of Pau in France. While teaching French in various British institutions, she developed a strong interest in beginner and intermediate levels. She is currently a Lecturer in French at the Open University, UK, where she has contributed significantly to the new beginners course.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Pronunciation Guide Unit 1 Premiers contacts First contacts Unit 2 Dans la ville In town Unit 3 Manger et boire Food and drink Unit 4 Rencontres Meeting people Unit 5 Projets de vacances Holiday plans Unit 6 Faire ses courses Shopping Unit 7 Planifier un voyage d'affaires Planning a business trip Unit 8 Quel voyage! What a journey! Unit 9 On s'amuse bien. We are enjoying ourselves Unit 10 A Paris In Paris Unit 11 Problemes de sante Health problems Unit 12 Souvenirs Memories Unit 13 Rendez-vous et invitations Appointments and invitations Unit 14 Un week-end a cuisiner A weekend spent cooking Unit 15 Vetements et chaussures Clothes and shoes Unit 16 On cherche une maison. Looking for a house Unit 17 On discute de la maison. Talking about the house Unit 18 Negotiations Negotiations Key to Exercises Reference grammar French-English Glossary Indexes