"Intermediate French For Dummies" offers readers exercises and lessons designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of this popular language. Like all books in the "Intermediate Language For Dummies" series, it is a logical extension and complement to our highly successful language books. In this workbook format, readers are able to further their skills in the world's most popular and most used foreign languages. Each volume includes exercises and practice lessons so readers can put to use their newfound skills in written communication of the language. Each is a stand-alone book as well as a useful next step to other successful "For Dummies" titles. "Intermediate French For Dummies" is all about written communication. It is intended to reinforce the nuances of style, usage, and grammar rules and to provide readers with an opportunity to practice those rules in the written expression of that language.
"...exercises to help you learn...perfect if you want to brush up on your language." (France Magazine, April 2009)
Laura K. Lawless is a French fanatic. From the day she learned her first French words (the numbers 1-10 at age 10), she has been obsessed with the language of love. Her first trip to France, at 15, further convinced her that French would always be an essential part of her life. Laura has a BA in International Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and she has done graduate work in French and Spanish translation, interpretation, linguistics, and literature. She also studied French at Institut de formation internationale in Mont-St-Aignan, France, and at the Alliance francaise in Toulouse, France. In 1999, after a year of teaching French and Spanish to adults, Laura became the French Language Guide at About.com (http://french.about.com), where she continues to create lessons, quizzes, listening exercises, and games for French students and teachers around the world. Her fascination with all things French guarantees that she will never run out of ideas for her French site or books (this is her fourth). Laura has lived in France, Morocco, and Costa Rica, and after scheming and dreaming for more than half her life, she and her husband will be moving to France in 2008.
Introduction. Part I: The Building Blocks of French. Chapter 1: Understanding Parts of Speech and Bilingual Dictionaries. Chapter 2: Figuring Out Nouns, Articles, and Possession. Chapter 3: The 4-1-1 on Numbers, Dates, and Time. Part II: The Here and Now: Writing in the Present. Chapter 4: Right Here, Right Now: The Present Tense. Chapter 5: Asking and Answering Questions. Chapter 6: Just Say No: The Negative. Chapter 7: "To Be" or "Being" Is the Question: Infinitives and Present Participles. Chapter 8: Deciphering the Subjunctive Mood. Part III: Writing with Panache: Dressing Up Your Sentences. Chapter 9: Describing with Flair: Adjectives and Adverbs. Chapter 10: I Command You: The Imperative. Chapter 11: Sorting Out Pronominal Verbs: Idioms, Oneself, and Each Other. Chapter 12: An Ode to Prepositions. Chapter 13: Getting a Hold on Pronouns. Chapter 14: Grasping Conjunctions and Relative Pronouns. Part IV: That Was Then, and What Will Be, Will Be: The Past and Future Tenses. Chapter 15: It's All in the Past: Passe Compose. Chapter 16: What Was Happening? The Imparfait Tense. Chapter 17: It's All Over! Other Past Tenses. Chapter 18: What'll You Do? The Future. Chapter 19: What Would You Do? The Conditional Mood. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Common French Mistakes and How to Avoid 'Em. Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Begin a Letter in French. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Verb Charts. Appendix B: English-French Dictionary. Appendix C: French-English Dictionary. Index.