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.