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Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French on Your Own by Gail Stein

By Gail Stein

Idiot-proof and exciting steps for studying French quick. effortless equipment for studying idioms and slang phrases utilized by local audio system. precious cultural suggestions for tourists and others.

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1. You love to travel. In addition to France, there are more than 40 French-speaking countries in the world, where more than 100 million people speak French on a daily basis. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, romance or adventure, excitement or relaxation, your choices include: sensuous tropical islands with white, sandy beaches; lush rain forests with luxuriant, native vegetation; tempting snowcovered mountains perfect for winter sports; sweaty, sultry jungles where special thrills lurk everywhere; fortified ancient villages where history comes to life or bustling, modern cities where the future rapidly unfolds.

Ici midi timide visiter eel ee-see mee-dee tee-meed vee-zee-tay Sylvie lycé mystère dêne île seel-vee lee-say mee-stehr deen eel huit nuit qui guide bruit weet nwee kee geed brwee il French Letter Symbol Pronunciation Guide i + ll il when preceded by a vowel y Say y as in your For the ill, ail, or eil combinations, remember to keep the l silent. famille gentille billet fee-y fah-mee-y zhahN-tee-y bee-yeh travail soleil oeil détail trah-vahy soh-lehy uhy day-tahy fille Page 16 French Letter Symbol Pronunciation Guide i + ll in these words only eel Say the word eel Every rule has an exception; or in this case, because there aren't too many, the words might be worth memorizing— especially because they're used frequently.

Colette Lapierre 10. Florence Lavigne 3. Michel Lechien 11. Monique Le Pont 4. Alain Lechat 12. Dominique Lafontaine 5. Agnès Leloup 13. Daniel La Tour 6. Roland Lamouche 14. Jean Levache 7. Patrick Leboeuf 15. Jeanne Larivière 8. Solange Laforêt 16. Hubert La Fleur The Least You Need to Know • Perfect your pronunciation by losing your inhibitions and by reading aloud French newspapers, magazines, and literature. • It's best to allow yourself to slip and slide the sounds together while speaking the language.

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