10 books to improve your French with CDs

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All these books contains CDs or audio files.

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Learn French the Fast and Fun Way with MP3 : The Activity Kit That Makes Learning a Language Quick and Easy !  

Among the good resources and textbooks, it is a nice one, from a famous collection. It covers the basics of different topics : reading, writting, understanding and speaking french (with dialogues), so you can consolidate your foundation. The interactive courses and exercises can be done quickly, everyday for a few times, studying a little bit each day (repetition) is the key of success. It provides funny cartoon-style illustration (it will be easier if you have a visual memory), language games, puzzle, quizzes, a set of flashcards, a bilingual dictionary and cds to develop the listening skills. It is easy to understand. It is like your are you own teacher. Prepositions, conjugation for regular verbs, expressions. The pictures and the puzzles are simple. The subjects are fun and related to everyday life and travel. When new words appear, there is a guide to help you to say them in the right way. It gives a good idea of the basic elementary french, you will be able to ordrer a coffee or to ask for directions.

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Sing and Learn: Sing and learn French

Songs and pictures to learn french in a funny way alone or with others. It contains a songbook with illustrated lexicon and an audio support. To consolidate your foundation.

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French For Dummies

The format is easy to follow. It gives you what you need to have basic conversations in french. It contains grammar, expressions, and telling you how to prononce them. Exercises, practice questions, and a mini-dictionary. Alphabet, phonetic explanations. You can listen to it in different situations, in your car, on the way to work,… It is very easy to read and to understand. It is good to learn to construct sentences. It has full textual descriptions and helpful tables for singular and plural words. Many topics to study.

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Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Among the good resources and textbooks, it is a nice one, from a famous collection.  It teaches you through your own language. He says : « learn the french language the way you learned your own ». You can learn whenever you want, at home, in your car, on the move. It contains 12 hours of courses, interactive exercises to check your progress. Create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together. It takes little effort to take french. It gives explanations about the different parts of the sentences so you can interchanged once you have learnt some basic words to say several different phrases. He still spells out some words you are able to visualize them as you form the sentences. There is an interaction between him and two pupils, it helps to remember some words due tom associating them with parts of conversations.

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Learn French with Paul Noble – Complete Course: French Made Easy with Your Bestselling Language Coach 

This course has a very easy to follow script, it is easy to understand. You will listen to native french speakers and you will find plenty of tips on how to absorb the language. He also has a french lady with him to help for the accent. His method helps to remember without having to write down everything and do homework. There is a repetition of words and phrases. It sticks in your head for much longer than it did when you were at school. If you listen to it before going to France on holidays you could order anything you want very easily and have a talk with french people. You can download it on your Ipod, Iphone and listening to it in the train or when you go for a run,…He repeats and gives you a time so you can say the things, you are always engaged in it.

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The Everything French Practice Book : Practical techniques to Improve your French speaking and writing skills 

It has more than 200 written and audio exercises. You will find content on grammar, words, accent, comprehension and oral skills and writing. It is easy to understand. It has a lot of exercises and a good review of the theory.

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Pronounce it Perfectly in French

It focuses on speaking, the sound of the language and standard intonation patterns. For example, the french vowels and the nasals are very different, It is difficult to prononce for the person who speaks english. It contains : a guide to say the french in a good way with the phonetic symbols of the International Phonetic Association (IPA), oral exercises with poetry, proverbs, familiar sayings, historical quotations and humour, and audio to complement the text. The content (phrases, words, sounds) is in a variety of conversational contexts so you are able to make several associations and learn better. 

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French Short Stories : 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French

It contains 20 easy-to-read, compelling stories. In each story you will find an important point of the french language : verbs, adjectives, past tense, giving directions, and more), and realistic dialogues of day-to-day situations. Each story is followed by a summary in both french and english, to review the lesson and to see if you understood what the tale is about. At the end of the summary you will see a list of words, slang and sayings (glossary) that you may not understood at first glance. Then, you will have questions to check what you understood from the tale and the answers to verify. It is a book for the people who begins but not a children’s book, you need to know a bit the grammar and tenses to understand it. If you download it to a Kindle you can press any word you don’t understand and see it in a french-english dictionary, which is really handy.

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Learn French with Stories: 7 Short Stories

If you can’t spend time ina french speaking country and immerged yourself in the language, listening to a book is great way to do it. By doing this you won’t need to memorize the grammar rules. you will fiind : description, casual discussion, useful words. While listening to story, you learn through context, which a key of success. It has a steady pace. There is a glossary under each paragraph, this is really helpful to acquire new words and to piece together the story. The author suggests to write a summary of the story, like a review, it allows to apply the new words.

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Learn French with Stories, Volume 2: 15 French Stories with English Glossaries Throughout the Text 

Each story has a french glossary and the translation in english, they are short and easy to read. There is a word recap at the end of the book and each chapter, so you don’t have to consult a dictionary to know what the story is about, and it is a good way to learn new phrases. It contains 15 stories about emotions, sports, town and buildings, holidays, restaurant, illness, memories, description, cinema, hotel, at work, phone call, school. Grammar structure and words : a mix of dialogue and description. They are easy and enjoyable to read.

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