Publisher description for French for dummies / by Dodi-Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams, Dominique Wenzel ; Berlitz series editor, Juergen Lorenz.

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Counter Is speaking French nothing more than a bad high school memory for you? Are the words voilą and oui the extent of your French vocabulary? Whether you need a quick primer for an upcoming business trip or want to build on a basic understanding of the language, French For Dummies can help. But the book is more than just a language text full of cool phrases and useful vocabulary -- it's also a cultural guide for those moments when you really need to know how and why things are done. Part of what makes this book so valuable is its whole-language approach to French. Instead of burdening you with endless vocabulary lists and tricky grammar rules, French For Dummies gives you the tools to take your French on the road. Focus on everyday situations and hone the small-talk skills that help you with basic communication in French. What's more, the authors have scattered throughout the book tidbits that contextualize the language, so you understand the people, places, and things that are unique to French-speaking cultures. The book's audio CD presents dialogues between native speakers, so you can hear French as it's really spoken.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: French language Textbooks for foreign speakers English