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Read & Think French

Read & Think French
Book + 1 Audio CD

Retail Price $19.95
Our Price $17.95

Immerse yourself in the French language and culture

Read & Think French is your ticket to building key French language skills. This book features 100-plus engaging, easy-to-read articles written by native French-speakers. Each article features a bilingual glossary on the same page that allows you to learn without stopping to look up new or unfamiliar words in a dictionary. As the you move through the book, you will gain confidence with the French language and build a vocabulary of key French words and phrases. Each chapter features several written exercises that reinforce new vocabulary and comprehension.

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.

Topics include:
Culture; Voyages; Tradition; Célébration; Biographies; Musique et Art; Histoire; Géographie; Gastronomie; Coutumes

Table of contents

Ch. 1. Culture Ch. 2 .Voyages Ch. 3. Tradition Ch. 4. Célébration Ch. 5. Biographies Ch. 6. Coutumes Ch. 7. Les ArtesHistoire Ch. 8. Histoire Géographie Ch. 9. Géographie Ch. 10. Gastronomie

Expand Your World Through Language

  • More than 100 articles in French to bring the French language to life
  • Bilingual glossary on each page lets you read without looking up words in a dictionary
  • Native speakers on audio CD help attune your listening skills
  • When you read and think in French the language just comes naturally!

Learn French Fast!

Learning to speak French can be quick and easy with our French language courses and learning aids.  Whether you are looking for an all audio French course like Pimsleur or a computer based French course like Rosetta Stone, we have what’s right for you.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning French.

Learn French on the Go

Having a busy life shouldn’t keep you from learning French.  We offer several French language courses that will allow you to learn to speak French while driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.  This means you can learn French anywhere, anytime.  The ease with which you’ll learn French is amazing. 

Can I Really Learn French?

The answer is YES!  Learning French is easier than ever with our full line of French language courses and learning aids.  Learning French is not as hard as you might think.  With all the available French resources, you can learn while commuting, while watching TV or while sitting in front of the computer.  If you want to learn to speak French, there is no excuse to not.  The world is at our fingertips and learning French will help you better communicate with everyone.

Here are 5 Secrets to Learn French Fast:

  1. Set a Goal - Decide how many minutes each day you are going to set aside for your French studies.  Stick to this no matter what comes about.  Setting a goal to study each day will help you more quickly achieve your goal to learn French fast.
  2. Set a Time - Know at what time you are going to study French each day.  This is part of your goal setting but of equal importance to your success.  Your time might be first thing in the morning.  Or it might be on your evening commute home.  Whatever the time is, stick to it. 
  3. Take Notes - Buy yourself a notebook to use for your French studies.  In your notebook take notes of the words or phrases that may be difficult for you to remember.  Spell them out.  Write their definition.  You’ll be surprised with how much this will help you in your goal to learn French fast.
  4. Collect French Articles and Pictures - Keep a folder and collect French articles and pictures about the language and country you are learning about.  You might find an article about France.  Add those to your folder.  The internet is full of French language newspapers.  Print off some articles to look over and see how many words you recognize.
  5. Have Fun! - There is no sense setting a goal to learn French if you don’t have fun.  Use your new language skills to practice with native speakers.  And before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning French.  Good luck and have fun!

The FRENCH Language:
French is the offical language of France. French is spoken as a first language by more than 70 million people, chiefly in France (55 million speakers), Belgium (3 million), Switzerland (1.5 million), former French and Belgian colonies in Africa (5 million) and Canada (6.5 million). French probably ranks next after English as a second tongue. Having served as an international language in diplomacy and commerce as well as among educated people during the last few centuries, French still enjoys great prestige culturally and is one of the languages used by the United Nations. Written French uses the Roman alphabet. French spelling, which has many silent letters, is not always a reliable guide to pronunciation. For example, final consonants are generally not sounded. French spelling, however, is closer to the pronunciation than is English spelling.

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