Learn French with a proven method designed for English speakers
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a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to French class
To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent French structure.
All the essentials
Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.
Tips to help you learn French vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.
one point per chapter
In each bite-sized lesson, author Jacqueline Morton explains one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and French examples.
Explained in English
To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.
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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know
Learn how to identify English and French nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.
Example: Play is joue if it's a verb and pièce if it's a noun.
Learn how to identify English and French subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.
Example: Him is le if it's a direct object, and lui if it's an indirect object.
Learn grammatical terms such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement that play a minor role in English, but an important role in French.
Example: Agreement explains why big is grand when it describes a car, but grande when it describes a house.
Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent French structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way.
Example: Here is the boy I spoke to is Voici le garçon à qui j'ai parlé (word-for-word: Here is the boy to whom I spoke)