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With these books I introduce you, your are you own teacher. 

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

Some people say this is among the good textbooks for tourists. The situations which are decscribe are more for tourists than business people, or for those who went to live in a french speaking country. This is not a complete course which is covering everything in the french language, but focusing on specific elements you use in your daily life. The grammar is explained at the begining, and then the words all along the course are related to the grammar, so it is very clear to learn. There is an audio part as you can improve your oral practice and your oral comprehension. It comes with an app which is very useful as well, which is available for both ipad and android. You can record your voice and listening back to it to have an auditive feed-back.

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

It helps you to structure the french language in your mind. These books are very easy to follow and you can improve your grammar with the grammar explanations. They are very good because for each word, you listen to an english and french speakers. In the audio there is a time for you as you can repeat to practice the language, to improve your oral practice. This is a work word by word, so you can have a good representation and a good comprehension of the sound 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 conjugation rules, 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, furtur,…) and it gives 12 000 verbs which are linked to the ones who have the similar ending. It uses colour 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)

It helps you to learn about the french culture. It provides an audio file to download fro free, to improve your speaking in french. It is good for different situations : at school, at home, for business, in your daily life. It is divided in 12 units which give you everyday phrases and language structure to speak french in a natural way. There is a short grammar part, a verb supplement part and a glossary to go deeply into the language, to help you more to understand french. 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 daily life. First you will listen to the french version and then the english version. The short stories are varied, and the difficult phrases are translated as you go from one paragraph to the next one. The characters use technical terms as detartrage (de-scaling for the dentist) or tourniquet (revolving door for the subway). The guidance is easy to follow through reading.   

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

Here si an example of what you find in this book : the french saying Mettre du beurre dans les épinards, the meaning : to improve your finance, the english literal version : to put butter in the spinach, and an example with french version and then the english version : J’ai un deuxième travail pour mettre du beurre dans les épinards – I have one more job to help my finances. It is designed to learn one more saying a day all along the year.

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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. The construction of the dialogue and the succession of the dialogue contribute to the dramatic tension, without loss of clarity.

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 common words and business terminology, so it is suitable for people who uses french in their professional lives.  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, verbs, 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 are introduced to the most important structure 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, 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, it is group-organized, 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 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. These stories contains everyday words and simple sentences structure as you immerge yourself in the french culture and the french language without realizing it.

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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
All paragraphs are numbered and placed side-by-side as 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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