Père Goriot — one of the outstanding novels in The Human Comedy, Balzac's panoramic study of Parisian life — features richly detailed settings, a skillfully related plot, and a vibrant cast of characters. Young Rastignac's acquaintance with the elderly widower Goriot, a formerly wealthy merchant impoverished by the demands of his fashionable daughters, lies at the heart of this story of love and greed. Acclaimed by critic Leslie Stephen as "the modern King Lear," Père Goriot offers a timeless view of the tragedies behind the prosaic details of everyday life.
Easy French Step-by-Step proves that a solid grounding in grammar basics is the key to mastering a second language. You are quickly introduced to grammatical rules and concepts in order of importance, which you can build on as you progress through the book. You will also learn more than 300 verbs, chosen by their frequency of use. Numerous exercises and engaging readings help you quickly build your speaking and comprehension prowess.
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Bonjour! From ordering a café au lait in Paris to making new friends in the Loire Valley, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances and comes complete with phonetic spelling, an English-French and French-English dictionary, the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Louvre. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's sac à dos.
French is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn.Whether you need to learn the language for a French class, or youtravel overseas for business or leisure, this enhanced edition ofFrench for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-followformat, with integrated audio clips, it gives you just whatyou need for basic communication in French. The enhanced editionincludes:Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, andpronunciationsUseful exercises, practice questions, and amini-dictionary
Business, an upcoming class, travel – whatever your reasonfor wanting to learn a new language but don't have time to take aclass, this enhanced edition of French For Dummies can get you wellon your way to becoming fluent in no time!
French Grammar For Dummies is a logical extension andcomplement to the successful language learning book, French ForDummies. In plain English, it teaches you the grammatical rulesof the French language, including parts of speech, sentenceconstruction, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, stress and verbtenses, and moods. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practiceopportunities to help you on your goal of mastering basic Frenchgrammar and usage.Grasp the grammatical rules of French including parts ofspeech, sentence construction, and verb tensesEnhance your descriptive speech with adverbs, adjectives, andprepositionsBenefit from plenty of practice opportunities throughout thebookUse the French language confidently and correctly
Whether you're a student studying French or a professionallooking to get ahead of the pack by learning a second language,French Grammar For Dummies is your hands-on guide to quicklyand painlessly master the written aspect of this popularlanguage.
Based on the principle that strong grammar skills are necessary for foreign language mastery, The Ultimate French Review and Practice explains and illustrates important grammar concepts with lively sentence examples, and it provides 400 engaging exercises that are contextualized, with scene-setting instructions in French.
This new, premium edition replaces the old CD-ROM with an array of digital content in the App(iOS, Android, desktop) that accompanies the book:Pre-test for identifying existing strengths and weaknesses More than 120 multiple choice and drag-and-drop exercises for extended review Post-test for assessing progress Flashcards for all vocabulary lists, with progress-tracking Extensive audio exercises to test listening comprehension Record/Replay function for comparing pronunciation to that of native speakers
Constantly drawing comparisons with English construction, it covers all of the important points in French grammar (verb forms and tenses, parts of speech, negative sentences, possessives, partitive construction, etc.) fully and logically, and with refreshing clarity. It was created for those who prefer the phrase approach, and all grammatical points are illustrated with phrases and sentences that you can incorporate directly into your working vocabulary. Many of the discussions include a list of common expressions that use the rule under study.
In addition to the grammar text itself, there are several unusual features of great value to anyone who wants to build a French vocabulary: a section on common word-endings and their French equivalents, for example, and a 50-page lit of French-English cognates.
This grammar does not assume any previous knowledge either of grammatical terms or of French grammar. English grammatical terms are explained in a separate section and all discussion begins with essentials and works up from there. Use it as an introduction to grammar, for independent class courses, with phrase courses, as a refresher, or for beginning self-study.
Newly revised and updated, the French-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary is a quick and intuitive way to learn and recall everyday words in French.
Introducing a range of useful current vocabulary in thematic order, this dictionary uses full-color photographs and artworks to display and label all the elements of everyday life-from the home and office to sport, music, nature, and the countries of the world-with panel features on key nouns, verbs, and useful phrases.
The French-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary features:
+ A quick and intuitive way to learn and remember thousands of words.
+ A complete range of illustrated objects and scenes from everyday life.
+ Fast and effective learning for any situation, from home and office to shopping and dining out.
+ Detailed index for instant reference.
The illustrations provide a quick and intuitive route to learning a language, defining the words visually so it is easier to remember them and creating a colorful and stimulating learning resource for the foreign-language and EFL/ESL student.
An invaluable introduction to one of the most studied languages, French Made Simple is ideal for students, business professionals, and tourists alike. Teaching the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and culture, it guides you step-by-step through the process of learning and conversing quickly. Refreshingly easy to understand, French Made Simple includes:
• Grammar basics
• Modern vocabulary
• Helpful verb chart
• French-English dictionary
• Reading exercises
• Economic information
• Common expressions
• Review quizzes
• Complete answer key
If you have some knowledge of French and want to polish yourskills, French Essentials For Dummies focuses on just thecore concepts you need to communicate effectively. From conjugatingverbs to understanding tenses, this easy-to-follow guide lets youskip the suffering and score high at exam time.
French 101 — get the lowdown on the basics, fromexpressing dates and times to identifying parts of speech
Gender matters — see how a noun's gender determines thearticles, adjectives, and pronouns you have to use
The here and now — learn how to conjugate verbs in thepresent tense, choose subject pronouns, and form the presentparticiple
Way back when — get guidance on working with the pasttense, including hints about when to use the compound past(passé composé) and when to use the imperfect
What lies ahead — discover the different ways to expressthe future
Open the book and find:
A review of numbers, dates, and times
The parts of speech
How to determine a noun's gender
How to select the correct preposition
Rules for making adjectives agree
Tips for asking and answering yes/no questions
Ways to spice up your descriptions
Ten important verb distinctions
The basics of French grammar and sentence construction
How to conjugate regular, irregular, and stem-changing verbs
To express ideas about the past, present, and future
French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was a founder of realism in European literature. An inspiration to Proust, Dickens, Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, and countless others, Balzac wrote works that were hailed for their multifaceted characters and exquisite attention to detail. This edition's excellent translation was the first to make Contes Drolatiques available to English-speaking readers.
The 70-minute companion audio CD features several of the articles read aloud by native-French speakers from various backgrounds giving you valuable practice in French listening skills.Read & Think French brings the culture of French-speaking countries to life! You will enjoy a travel narrative from Provence and a documentary on West Indies folk music as well as explore the geography of the French Alps and the streets of Montreal. Filled with engaging features such as a recipe for beigne de nos grand-mères canadiennes (traditional Canadian doughnuts), a primer on French business etiquette, a biography of French actor Mathieu Amalric, and a look at the tradition of lavender oil, perfumes, and soaps, this book gives you an insider look at French life and culture--while introducing you to 100s of new French words and phrases.
Culture; Voyages; Tradition; Célébration; Biographies; Musique et Art; Histoire; Géographie; Gastronomie; Coutumes
Easy French Reader Premium is based on the premise that the best way to learn a language is to start reading it, immediately. Suitable for raw beginners to intermediate-level language learners, the new premium edition of this bestselling title features engaging readings of progressive difficulty that allow you to rapidly build comprehension. Includes flashcard sets of new vocabulary for every reading and a 1,500 entry digital glossary.Quickly build comprehension Listen to audio recordings of more than 50 readings from the book available online and on the app Record your answers to review questions, then compare your pronunciation to native speakers
Using authentic texts from French-speaking cultures, Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension enables you to enhance your vocabulary with new terms and expressions. Each unit features authentic French-language material--newspaper and magazine articles, websites, and more--giving you a real taste of how the language is used, as well as insights into the Francophone culture. Word lists and grammar sections specific to the readings support your learning along the way.
Like all Practice Makes Perfect workbooks, you will get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills and vocabulary. Whether you are learning on your own or taking an advanced beginning or intermediate French class, Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension will help you build your confidence in using your new language.
Practice Makes Perfect: French Reading and Comprehension helps you:Polish your reading and comprehension abilities with numerous exercises Enrich your French vocabulary with hundreds of new words Learn about the intriguing and influential French-speaking cultures
This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.
The key to Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Latin is how manageable the grammar and vocabulary are presented to you. You’re not overwhelmed by it all! Supported by engaging exercises, these 50 units cover all aspects of grammar and vocabulary, giving you a solid foundation in the language. Each unit is three pages in length, and you can expect to be completed with each in 10 to 15 minutes.
FeaturesKey grammatical concepts and core vocabulary are absorbed almost effortlessly through exercises Flexibility for self-study or as a complement to your first-year class
Based on a 23-million-word corpus of French which includes written and spoken material both from France and overseas, this dictionary provides the user with detailed information for each of the 5000 entries, including English equivalents, a sample sentence, its English translation, usage statistics, and an indication of register variation.
Users can access the top 5000 words either through the main frequency listing or through an alphabetical index. Throughout the frequency listing there are thematically-organized lists of the top words from a variety of key topics such as sports, weather, clothing, and family terms.
An engaging and highly useful resource, the Frequency Dictionary of French will enable students of all levels to get the most out of their study of French vocabulary.
Deryle Lonsdale is Associate Professor in the Linguistics and English Language Department at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah). Yvon Le Bras is Associate Professor of French and Department Chair of the French and Italian Department at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah).
This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.
In "The Unknown Masterpiece," a tale much admired by Cézanne and Picasso, a painter becomes obsessed with his search for utter perfection. In its masterly examination of the conflict between an artist's commitment to his work and his obligations to others, the story involves a theme particularly close to Balzac's heart. Two of the other stories explore the consequences of the quest for worldly wealth. Written in 1830 but set in France's Revolutionary period, "An Episode During the Terror" moves from a suspenseful beginning to a solemn tableau that contrasts material poverty with spiritual riches; in "Facino Cane" an old and destitute blind man recounts how his passion for gold led to his fall from grace. Included also are "The Revolutionary Conscript" and "A Passion in the Desert."
In their bold, distinctive portraits of French society during the 19th century, these tales offer a perfect introduction for readers unfamiliar with Balzac's work. This modestly priced edition will also appeal to those already acquainted with the author's much-imitated but unsurpassed style.
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar is the go-to guide for clear, precise explanations of all aspects of French grammar: from the present tense of regular verbs to direct object pronouns, from the differences between savoir and connaître to the use of pronouns y and en. This comprehensive guide will also give you plenty of practice in using your language skills. And this new edition is accompanied by flashcards and audio recordings, available online and via app, that will provide a new dimension and flexibility to your study.
THIS BOOK MAKES MASTERING GRAMMAR EASY WITH:
• Clear, down-to-earth, easy-to-follow explanations that make even the most complex principles easy to understand
• More than 350 exercises, with a detailed answer key for each progress checks
• Example sentences that illustrate and clarify each grammatical point
• Practical and high-frequency vocabulary used throughout
French is a beautiful language but can be quite difficult tolearn. Whether you need to learn the language for a French class,or for business or leisure travel, French for Dummies All-In-Onemakes it easier.
With nearly 800 pages, French All-in-One For Dummies isfor those readers looking for a comprehensive guide to help themimmerse themselves in the French language.Culls vital information from several Dummies titles, offeringyou a comprehensive, all-encompassing guide to speaking and usingFrenchIncludes French Canadian content and enhanced practicedopportunitiesIts accompanying audio CD provides you with en effective toolto start speaking French right away
Both new students of French and experienced speakers can benefitfrom the wealth of information that has been included in FrenchAll-in-One For Dummies.
CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included aspart of the e-book file, but are available for download afterpurchase.
Generations of readers have recognized the impassioned cry that introduces the young narrator of Demian, and embraced this tale of a troubled young man's struggle toward self-awareness. Initially published in Berlin in 1919, the novel met with instant critical acclaim, as well as great popular success among people seeking answers amid the devastating aftermath of World War I.
A brilliant psychological portrait of an individual's departure from social conventions in the search for spiritual fulfillment, Demian encompasses many of the themes associated with Hermann Hesse, its Noble Prize–winning author, particularly the duality of human nature and the quest for inner peace.
Considered an important work in the evolution of twentieth-century European literature, this perceptive coming-of-age novel enjoys a particular resonance with young adults, a fact that has made Demian a perennial favorite in schools and colleges all over the world. This inexpensive edition, featuring an excellent new English translation, is sure to be welcomed by teachers and students, and by the legions of confirmed Hesse fans.
This vivid portrait of the underbelly of nineteenth-century Paris, exuberantly rendered by Jordan Stump, is the first major translation in more than a century of Balzac’s forgotten masterpiece L’Envers de l’histoire contemporaine. Featuring an illuminating Introduction by Adam Gopnik, this original Modern Library edition also includes explanatory notes.
From the Hardcover edition.
If you want to be proficient in French, you eventually have to master its grammar. The best way to perfect your grammar skills is through drills, drills, and more drills. Covering all facets of French grammar--from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses--French Grammar Drills helps you learn often-perplexing topics through hands-on experience.
This edition features:More than 175 exercises that demonstrate how the French grammar system works Authentic examples that illustrate correct grammar usage A new review section to reinforce your learning An answer key to give you immediate clarification on any concept
Indefinite and definite articles * Demonstrative adjectives * Possessive pronouns * Conjunctions * Imparfait and passe compose * Verbal expressions and idioms * and more
The book begins with French pronunciation and cognates and moves through nouns, articles, and prepositions; verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; a graduated presentation of all the indicative and subjunctive tenses; object, relative, and other pronouns; the passive voice; common idiomatic constructions; and other fundamental building blocks of the French language. Chapters contain translation passages from such authors as Pascal, Montesquieu, Proust, Sartre, Bourdieu, Senghor, Césaire, de Certeau, de Beauvoir, Barthes, and Kristeva. Drawn from more than two decades of experience teaching French to students from academic and nonacademic backgrounds, Celia Brickman's clear, accessible, and time-tested format enables even beginners to develop a sophisticated grasp of the language and become adept readers of French.
There is an answer key for translation exercises and for non-copyrighted translation passages available to professors and teachers who have assigned this title in a class. Please provide your name, title, institution, and number of students in the course in an email to email@example.com.
Drawn from two centuries of French literature, these superb selections by ten great writers span a wide variety of styles, philosophies, and literary creeds. The stories reflect not only the beliefs of various literary schools, but the preoccupations of French civilization, at the various times of their composition, with the metaphysical and psychological problems of man.
Contents include Micromégas (Voltaire), La Messe de l'Athée (Honoré de Balzac), La Légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier (Gustave Flaubert), Le Spleen de Paris (Charles Baudelaire), Menuet (Guy de Maupassant), Mort de Judas (Paul Claudel), Le Retour de l'Enfant Prodigue (André Gide), Grand-Lebrun (François Mauriac), Le Passe-Muraille (Marcel Aymé), and L'Hôte (Albert Camus).
Students of French, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge of the language, will welcome this treasury of masterly fiction. The selections are arranged chronologically, allowing the reader to witness the development of French literary art — from Voltaire to Camus. Excellent English translations appear on pages facing the Original French. Also included are a French-English vocabulary list, textural notes, and exercises.
The French texts come from the best critical editions, or in the case of the moderns, those authorized by the poets themselves. Teachers of French will appreciate the clear prose translations on facing pages; the translator does not attempt to be a poet himself, rather to lead the reader to a full appreciation of the poem as it was written. An introductory essay gives as understandable a short summary of the formal aspects of versification as can be found anywhere — the early orthodoxy of rhyme and meter, the gradual introduction of enjambment and metrical variation, through the word games and innovations of Apollinaire and his circle. A biographical and critical essay on each poet and his work not only depicts the poet as an individual but also gives a fine sense of the progressing and changing tradition of French poetry itself. An illustration, usually a portrait of the poet, accompanies each selection.
The clarity and comprehensiveness of this attractive anthology (as well as its low cost) make it an ideal volume for an introductory survey of French poetry. For the student just beginning the study of French, this book is good supplementary material; the format of this book makes it easy to experience French poetry and learn vocabulary and grammar at the same time.
Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate French Grammar helps you take your grammar skills to a higher level and gives you the confidence to speak and write in your new language. This workbook leads you through French grammar using concise, easy-to-understand language, keeping you focused on achieving your goal of total fluency.
Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate French Grammar is packed with:Example sentences that illustrate and clarify each grammatical point Hundreds of exercises in formats suited to your learning style Practical and high-frequency French vocabulary
Master these tricky subjects:
Prepositions and prepositional phrases * Idiomatic uses of irregular verbs * Negative and interrogative structures * Imparfait and passe compose * The subjunctive mood * Relative pronouns
With clear photography and illustrations, 12 themed chapters are broken down into 15-minute daily lessons that combine vocabulary and grammar essentials about a range of themes, from socializing to doing business for the most user-friendly, accessible language guide on the market.
The audio app, available for Apple (from the App Store) and Android (from Google Play), enables you to hear words and phrases spoken by native French speakers. Download the app and scan in the book's barcode. Once you've unlocked your book and downloaded the audio files, you can enter any page number to find the word or phrase you're looking for to help improve your pronunciation.
If you want to expand your language skills, French Vocabulary Drills is filled with the information and practice you need to reach optimum results. Written by bestselling language-teaching experts David M. Stillman and Ronni L. Gordon, this book features essential French words grouped together into similar themes such as daily life, food, house and home, travel, holidays, technology, arts, and the economy, helping you to grasp meanings and remember terms more easily.
The unique presentation of vocabulary in context bridges the gap between words and conversation. You can practice your new vocabulary with more than 100 written exercises, including fill-in-the-blank, matching, translation, and composition. And French Vocabulary Drills gives you access to an exclusive flashcard app for use on your smartphone, giving you a convenient, on-the-go tool for further language-learning reinforcement.Learn more than 2,500 essential terms Practice your vocabulary skills with more than 100 exercises Check your progress with a helpful answer key Study on-the-go with a free companion flashcard app Best of all, gain the confidence to communicate in French!
Practice Makes Perfect: French Conversation gives you helpful instruction on correct pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and word usage, keeping in mind the typical problems of native English speakers like you. Each section includes a series of exercises that gives you extra practice in using new concepts and encourages you to construct personalized conversations. The lessons will reassure even grammar-phobic learners that you can achieve a confident speaking style.
Offering a winning formula for getting a handle on speaking French right away, Practice Makes Perfect: French Conversation offers: