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French Step by Step

Since completion of French 1 at l’Alliance Française last fall, I haven’t been able to schedule the subsequent course due to scheduling conflicts. Business and leisure trips conflicted with the spring term. In addition to reviewing course materials from French 1, I’ve been reading and studying the book called French Step by Step by Charles Berlitz.

I picked this one because Berlitz is a linguist. I don’t particularly care for this book as an instructional book. However, it is an excellent way to figure out how to translate from English to French. I used this book by covering up the French sentence and the phonetic sentence so only the English sentence showed and then translated it into French. It is excellent for what it is written to do: teaching the everyday language that you need in order to make yourself understood in France. When I was in France last summer, I was speaking the phrase book French that sounded stupid, even though the French people appreciated my effort. The whole purpose of enrolling in French course with l’Alliance Française was to seriously engage in learning the language. French Step by Step is a nice supplement to class because it teaches real French expressions. The book has 26 chapters and 24 conversations. Every chapter is a few conversations, with a translation, and an explanation of new grammar point. It introduces a few thousand words, and almost every tense including the subjunctive. Each sentence is written three times, one in French, one in phonetics, and one in English.

7 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on Modern Gentleman and commented:
    is there a “Spanish Step by Step”?

  2. tres bien! how fun!

    • It is! I’m using this book to study useful conversational expressions until the next course begins in summer. I’m not good with pronunciation so the phonetics is just perfect.

  3. I think it is imperative that any language instruction include heaps of idioms and colloquial sayings. My one great problem with my French instruction during elementary school and high school was the total absence of “street language.”

  4. Good luck with your French studies. I’ve been trying to learn Spanish using Rosetta Stone but have not been devoting enough time to it so I am not getting very far.

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