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With these books your are you own professor. 

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Teach Yourself Complete French (Book/CDsPack) (Teach Yourself Language)

If you are a tourist this is a very nice texbook. The tourists will appreciate that the situations which are describe are more them than for other people, they are also for peolpe who live in France or in a French speaking country. This course is focused on distinct elements using in our everyday life, it does not do all the element in the French language. There are these two elements : words and grammar. At the start of the course the grammar rules are exlpained, and then all the words you will see as you go through the course is related to the rules, so it is very fine to follow. To be better at speaking with the right accent, and to get a good oral comprehension, you ca listen to the audio part. If you use the app, you can record your voice and get a feed-back, listening to it. So, you can use this app on an Ipad and Android.

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Living Language French, Complete Edition: Newbie through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning 

Using this book is good to get a better structure in your head for the French language. These books are very easy to follow and there are explanations, so you can improve your knowledge of the grammar rules. You will listen to an English and a French people for each word, it is a good thing for the newbie. There are blank in the audio part, so you have the time to repeat what you have just heard, you can process the language in order to be better at pronouncing. Each word is introduce seperatly, you can learn at your own pace and getting a good understanding of the French language.

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Bescherelle La conjugaison pour tous

The Bescherelle books are very famous, a lot of people use them and a lot of professors ask their pupil to buy one. You can refer to them everytime. It is divided in three parts, it gives all the indications as you can easily find and spell all the verbs in their several forms. 1 – The conjugation tables, 2 – The rules for the verbs, 3 – The repertory of verbs. It is very clear and easy to use, you can find the verb you want very quickly. I highly recommend it to anyone who is studying French and who wants to go deeply in the French verbs, also if you have to communicate in French in a professionnal environment, especially for the written content.

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Bescherelle, Complete guide to conjugating 12 000 french verbs

It is very well organized, you can easily and quickly find the verbs you want to study, it is user friendly. You can study 82 different verbs and their tenses (past, present, future,…) and it gives 12 000 verbs which are linked to the ones who have the similar ending. It uses colours to help you to have a better understanding of the verbs in the different tenses.

 

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Easy Learning French Conversations (Collins Easy Learning French)

After using this book you will better know the French language. To improve your French speaking you can download the audio part for free. It is good for different situations : at school, at home, for business, in your everyday life. It is divided in 12 units which give you daily phrases and language structure to speak French like the natives. There is a short grammar section, a verb section and a lexicon to dive into the French language, to help you more to understand the French language. It is really good to learning phrases, the explanations are very simple and the phrases are very useful.

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Conversational French Dialogues: Over 100 French Conversations and Short Stories 

In this book you will find more than 100 French stories. You will learn for example how to organize a meeting, how to rent a car or to tell the doctor what you have. There is a new story in each new chapter, in which two characters have a dialogue on finding a solution on an issue you can deal with in your everyday life. First you will listen to the French version and then the English version. The short stories are different from each other, and for the sentences which are not easy you wil get the translation for them.

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365 Days of French Expressions: Learn one new French Expressions per Day (with MP3  and exercises) 

Here is an example of what you find in this book : the French saying Raconter des salades, the meaning is to lie, to tell something wrong. The English literal version  is « To tell salads ».

Here I introduce you to the French literature, here are two novels that I like.

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Hygiene de l’assassin

By Amélie Nothomb
Hygiene de l’assassin is very famous in the French literature. It is a story of a nobel prize writer Pretextat Tach, he has a cancer. As he is going to die he asks to journalists to interview him before his death. Four out of five journalists stop the interview, the last journalist Nina which knows the better what Pretextat Tach wrote, make the nterview until the end. Many subjects are very relevant to our nowadays life.

Another very famous one among the novels.

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Le petit Prince

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  
An airman, crashes with his plane in the middle of the Sahara Desert after an engine failure. As he tries to repair his plane, a little boy appears and asks him to draw a sheep. Day after day, the narrator discovers the story of Le petit Prince. He tells him that he comes from another planet : “the asteroid B 612”, a very small planet not larger than a house. On his planet he has three vulcanos and a rose. He visits different planets where he meets people with different behavior. In this version of the book there is a lot of illustrations so it helps you to understand. The children will like it.     

Here are two resources to learn and improve your French. The first one is :

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Larousse College Dictionary French-English/English-French 

It was set up for the intermediate and advanced users. You will find usual words and business words, so it is nice for people who uses French for work. This is an excellent dictionary, very comprehensive and easy to use. It is consider as richer than others ones, there are more chances to find difficult words.

The second resources is :

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Bescherelle L’essentiel: Tout-en-un sur la langue française 

This a complete book divided in 5 parts, well organized : grammar, conjugation, spelling, words, sayings. It is for eveyone who wants to improve French. It provides more than 5000 examples to illustrate for all the main rules of the language. It is easy and quick to find an information, it is user friendly.

 

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Among the famous textbooks :

Easy French Step-by-Step

From the beginning you will see the main structures of the language as you can communicate in French easily, which is very well thought. The features are : essential grammar, verbs and words, explanations of important rules and concepts, frequently used verbs and key words for newbies, exercises to test your knowledge. The structure of the book is logical and easy to follow. 

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French Book: A Topics Based Approach  

It contains more than 3000 words and phrases related to specific subject, there are goups, which make the learning easy. It provides as well a French-English and an English-French dictionary, which is very useful for all levels.

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French Easy Stories, 10 Topics from Everyday Life 

Reading stories is a very good way to make the French learning journey easy. In this book there is a small French-English glossary placed under each paragraph, so it is efficient to not loosing your time searching for words while you are reading. There is aslo a dictionary as you can go deeper into the words you are learning. These stories contains everyday words and simple sentences structure as you immerge yourself in the French culture and the French language without realizing it.

 

I introduce you 2 french books with the translation in english as you can compare the two languages and learning deeply and easily. 

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Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des merveilles : Bilingual Classic (English-French Side-by-Side)

By Lewis Caroll
There is a  number for all paragpraph, it is easy to read and follow. Alice returns to the fantasy world she discovered when she was a child, she embarks on a adventure to end the reign of terror of the Red Queen.

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Cendrillon

By Daisy Fisher
Cinderella is the servant of a wicked woman and her sisters. One day the king of the country wants to marry his son, he organized a ball to which all the girls of the kingdom are invited.

 

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