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Countdown to French: Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours (Countdown (McGraw-Hill))

It is organized in 24 units, you need to take maximum 1 hour to go through them. it begins with a basic introduction of grammar and words fundamentals, the units move quickly to practical conversational skills for both vacation and business travelers.
Here is a part of the content :
1 – Focusing on the accent (master these skills, perfecting your accent, stress, liaison, vowels, nasals,…)
2 – Recognizing and using nouns (gender, cognates,…)
3 – Working with presentense verbs (subject and pronous, verbs, shoe verbs, irregular verbs, uses on the present tense,…)
4 – The past tense (le passé composé) (forming le passé composé with avoir, using le passé composé with être, special verbs, the imperfect, the pluperfect, the past definite (le passé simple),…       
5 – Back to the futur : speaking conditionnally (the future, the future perfect, the conditionnal, the past conditionnal, conditionnal sentences,…)
6 – Using adjectives and verbs (making adjectives feminine, past participle used as adjectives, forming irregular adjectives, making adjectives plural, position of adjectives, adjectives with different meanings,…)
7 – Making aquaintances (greetings and good-byes, reflexive verbs, nationalities, the family,…)
8 – Inviting and replying with verbs and prepositions (verbs for invitations, places, stress pronouns, extending-acecepting-refusing an invitation, expressing indecision and indifference,…)
9 – Working with numbers (cardinal numbers, nouns of numbers, ordinal numbers, days-months and seasons,…)    
10 – Offering ideas and issuing commands (making proposals, using the pronoun y, using idioms, complaints, using ce-être-il est,…  
Here are testimonials : « I actually bought two copies of this book a Kindle, and a hard copy version as it has proved to be easy to follow, covers off all you want to know and is proving to be a welcome addition to my French studies », « I bought this book when browsing through a copy at a bookstore, even though I am not a newbie at French, as the explanations of grammar were among the most user-friendly I had encountered. Whilst I would perhaps go so far as to say that the book is worth buying solely for its ability to teach grammar in a mercifully simple way, the rest of this book teaches almost everything you could want to learn in a rather concise manner. That being said, it should be common sense to many people that you cannot learn to communicate in just 24 hours of study (24 units taking 1 hour each, in theory). Whilst you can cover each unit in 1 hour, the memorisation of essential words and grammatical variations (ie future tense and past tense endings) will take much longer. The understanding can be achieved, but communication will take work. However, don’t let the above point put you off – this is still an outstanding introduction to French, and helps explain points that even advanced users will find helpful. If you want to learn the basics in a short space of time, this is simply invaluable. I only hope that they could produce these ’24 hour’ books for other languages – highly recommended ».

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The 24 hours challenge

I offer you a challenge, 24 hours to improve your French, without teachers. I give you here, 2 topics to study during 24 hours, the gaol is to master them easily. Read and study them, stop-have a rest-do something else-and go back to it, so you will improve your memory, fluency and your confidence in using them. Then, use them in conversations with idioms.

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The structure of the sentence   

The structure of the sentence is one of the most important element when you learn a language, if you got it, you got a lot of the language. The sentence structure in French is the same as in English.

For an affirmative phrase, this is : subject + verb + complement
Let us see examples :
-Je suis en train de manger du pain → I am eating some bread
Je = the subject / suis = the verb être (to be) / en train de manger du pain = the complement
Je mange des pommes → I eat apples
Je = the subject / mange = the verb manger (to eat) / des pommes = the complement
J’ai 100 euros dans ma poche → I have one hundreds euros in my pocket
Il y a 100 moutons dans le champ → There are one hundreds sheeps in the field

For a question, this is : Est-ce que + subject + verb + complement OR verb + subject + complement

Let us see examples :
Est-ce que tu vas à la plage maintenant ? → Are you going to the beach now ?
Est-ce que / tu = the subject / vas = the verb aller (to go) / à la plage maintenant = the complement
-Vas-tu à la plage tous les ans ? → Do you go to the beach every year ?
Vas = the verb / tu = the subject / à la plage tous les ans = the complement

For a negative sentence, this is : subject + ne + verb + pas (plus) + complement

Let us see examples :
Je ne veux pas manger de soupe → I don not want to eat soup.
Je = the subject / ne / veux (to want) = the verb / pas / manger de soupe = the complement  
-Je ne veux plus travailler → I do not want to work anymore
Je = the subject / ne / veux (to want) = the verb / plus / travailler = the complement   

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The directions

Here I give you a few expressions related to the directions.

Tournez à droite → turn right
Au prochain feu tournez à droite → At the next traffic light, turn right

Tournez à gauche → turn left
Tournez à gauche après la boulangerie → Turn left after the bakery

Allez tout droit → go straight
Allez tout droit au rond point → Go straight at the roundabout

Traverser le pont → to go accross the bridge
Traverser le pont, le bâtiment sera juste en face de vous →  Go accross the bridge the building will be right in front of you

Traverser la rue → to go accross the street
Traverser la rue au passage piéton → Go across the street at the pedestrian crossing

Prenez la deuxième rue à droite → take the second street to the right
Prenez la deuxième rue à droite avant le grand bâtiment → Take the second street on the right before the big building

Prenez la première rue à gauche → Take the first road on the left
Prenez la première rue à gauche après la mairie → Take the first street on the left after the town hall

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