THE JOURNEY OF A NEW LANGUAGE: FRENCH

HELLO TO YOU, BEAUTIFUL READER.

HOW ARE THINGS GOING? ANY EXCITING OR UPSETTING NEWS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

WELL, EARLIER THIS YEAR I TOOK THE PLUNGE AND DECIDED TO LEARN NOT ONLY 1 BUT 2 NEW LANGUAGES. BEING BILINGUAL, I WANTED TO ADD TO MY LINGO BACKGROUND AND DID SOME RESEARCH IN THE TOP FOREIGN LANGUAGES TO LEARN IF ENGLISH IS YOUR NATIVE TOUNGE.

THE FIRST WAS FRENCH. THE SECOND WAS ITALIAN.

BENEFITS OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE

  1. BOOSTS MEMORY
  2. ATTRACTIVE TRAIT TO HAVE, CONNECT WITH GLOBAL MINDS
  3. MULTI-TASKING BECOMES MORE NATURAL
  4. MAKES TRAVEL EASIER AND MORE FUN

THE RESOURCE I STARTED USING WAS THE FRENCH FOR DUMMIES (THE BEST OF THE BEST)

NOT ONLY CAN YOU LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH QUICKLY, BUT THERE ARE FUN GAMES AND A CD TO ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY.

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK…

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INTRODUCTION

PAGES 1 THROUGH TO 6 SHARE IMPORTANT INSIGHT ON HOW TO GET STARTED, FRENCH IN ACTION AND ON THE GO, THE PART OF TENS, ICONS USED IN THE BOOK AND WHERE TO GO NEXT

“LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE CAN BE CHALLENGING. NOT ONLY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW A WHOLE NEW VOCABULARY, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO TWIST YOUR HEAD AROUND DIFFERENT GRAMMAR RULES AND PRONUNCIATION. BUT HERE IS A LITTLE NEWS FOR YOU: YOU ALREADY KNOW A FEW FRENCH WORDS. HOW? WELL: ENGLISH CONTAINS FRENCH WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS AND IN TURN, FRENCH HAS ABSORBED SOME ENGLISH WORDS, TOO”

WORDS YOU KNOW

LE ZOO, LE SIGNAL, LA ROSE, LA ROUTE, LA QUESTION, LE JOURNAL, LA MESSAGE, LE MOMENT AND A FEW OTHERS. (BUY THE BOOK TO UNLOCK MORE FRENCH WORDS YOU ALREADY KNOW)

WORDS TO LEARN AND KEEP ON RECORD

  • A la votre! (ah lah voh-truh) (CHEERS)
  • Bien sur. (byaN sewr) (OF COURSE)
  • D’ accord (dah-kohr) (OKAY)
  • Tant pis (than pee) (TOO BAD)
  • Bonjour Comment allez-vous (koh-mahN-tah-ley-vooh?) (Hello, how are you?)
  • Bonne journee! (bohhn zhoohr-ney!) (Have a nice day!)
  • Salut! (sah-lew!) (Informal Hi-Bye; Greeting)

DAYS OF THE WEEK & MONTHS OF THE YEAR

MONDAY – lundi (luhN-dee)

TUESDAY – mardi (mahr-dee)

WEDNESDAY – mercredi (mahr-kruh-dee)

THURSDAY – jeudi (zhuh-dee)

FRIDAY – vendredi (vahN-druh-dee)

SATURDAY – samedi (sahm-dee)

SUNDAY – dimanche (dee-mahNnsh)

JAN – janvier (zhahN-vyey)

FEB – fevrier (fey-vryey)

MARCH – mars (mahrs)

APRIL – avril (ah-vreel)

MAY – mai (mei)

JUNE – juin (zhwaN)

JULY – juillet (zhwee-yeh)

AUGUST – aout (ooht)

SEPT – septembre (sehp-than-bruh)

OCT – octobre (ohk-toh-bruh)

NOV – novembre (noh-vahN-bruh)

DEC – decembre (dey-sahN-bruh)

PAGES 90 THROUGH TO 101 TEACHES YOU TO USE KEY QUESTION WORDS, TALKING THE TALK* LISTEN TO THE CD FROM THE BEGINNING AS THIS WILL HELP YOU WITH LEARNING FRENCH.

TIP: KEEP THE BOOK CLOSE BY, HIGHLIGHT KEY POINTS AND REPEAT WHAT IS BEING SAID THROUGHOUT THE CD. THIS WILL TAKE UP QUITE A BIT OF TIME AND PATIENCE – GOOD LUCK!

TEN FAV FRENCH EXPRESSIONS

“AFTER YOU GET TUNED INTO FRENCH A LITTLE, YOU MAY SUDDENLY HEAR PEOPLE USE EXPRESSIONS THAT SEEM TO JUST SORTA SLIP OUT, NOW USE THEM YOURSELF”

  1. A MON AVIS (IN MY OPINION)
  2. C’EST PAS VRAI (NO WAY! YOU DON’T SAY?! – SHOWING IT HARD TO BELIEVE WHAT WAS SAID IN A CONVO)
  3. AVEC PLAISIR (WITH PLEASURE)
  4. BON APPETIT! (ENJOY OYUR MEAL, GOOD APPETITE)
  5. C’EST GENIAL (TO CONVEY EXCITEMENT; IT IS GREAT!)
  6. A VOTRE SANTE (RAISE YOUR GLASS TO CHEERS)
  7. A VOS SOUHAITS (WHEN A PERSON SNEEZES, THIS IS BLESS YOU IN FRENCH)
  8. QUELLE HORREUR (WHAT A HORROR, I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. SHOWING DISGUST IN SOMETHING)
  9. A BIENTOT (UNTIL SOON; WHEN YOU EXPECT TO SEE SOMEONE WITH A REASONABLE TIME FRAME)
  10. PAS MAL (NOT BAD; USED WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU HOW YOU ARE FEELING OR HOW ARE THINGS – A CONVERSATION EXPRESSION)

PAGES 311 – 322 SHOWCASES THE DICTIONARY BETWEEN FRENCH AND ENGLISH AND VICE VERSA

THE BOOK CONTAINS OVER 360 FANTASTIC PAGES THAT YOU USE AT YOUR OWN PACE. HAPPY LEARNING, BEAUTIFUL BEING.

BELOW IS A VIDEO UPLOADED BACK IN JAN 2017. VIDEO RIGHTS: KELLY MATTHEE

DON’T FOGET THAT THE ALPHABET CAN BE VIEWED ON PAGE 36 WITH AN EASY-TO-USE AND KEEP TABLE. AND TRACK 1 ON THE CD COVERS THE ABOVE POINT, TOO. LISTEN AND REPEAT.

AND THAT IS A WRAP ON FRENCH FOR DUMMIES. IF YOU ARE CURIOUS TO LEARN MORE IN-DEPTH, PURCHASE THE BOOK WITH CD – VISIT DUMMIES.COM (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR AVAILABILITY) OR TAKEALOT.COM (FOR SA SHOPPERS ONLY)

KELLY MATTHEE’S RATING: 9/10 AND 2 THUMBS UP TO THE BRILLIANT MINDS FOR COMPILING THE 2ND EDITION: Dodi Katrin Schmidt, Michelle M. Williams, Dominique Wenzel, Dr. Zoe Erotopoulos

SOURCE: FRENCH FOR DUMMIES 2ND EDITION

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