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Learn French step-by-step and soon you'll be making leaps and bounds Your quickest route to learning French is through a solid grounding in grammar basics. Now don't be put off by the "G-word." What you won't find in this book is a lot of repetitive drills. Instead, you get an original, step-by-step approach to learning French based on the way people naturally acquire language. From the very beginning, you are introduced to the most essential structures--allowing you to communicate in French almost immediately. Gradually, through a series of interconnected "steps," you logically progress to more common concepts that govern how French is spoken and written. And along the way you are introduced to hundreds of carefully selected verbs and vocabulary words presented on the basis of how often they are used in everyday French. Guaranteed to get you quickly up and running with the knowledge and skills you need to communicate in French with confidence, Easy French Step-by-Step features: A unique "building-block" approach to mastering essential grammar, verbs, and vocabulary Down-to-earth explanations of important rules and concepts Hundreds of frequently used verbs and key terms a beginner should know Exercises to test what you've learned and measure progress Engaging readings that help you hone your skills in everyday contexts
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Preface xi I. First Elements of French 1. Nouns, Articles, and Descriptive AdjectivesGender and Number of Nouns and Articles The Definite Article Masculine Nouns Feminine Nouns Masculine and Feminine Articles Before a Vowel Sound or Mute h Singular Nouns and the Definite Article Learning the Gender of Nouns The Indefinite Article Masculine Nouns Feminine Nouns Plural Nouns Pronouncing the Plural Descriptive Adjectives Agreement of Adjectives in Gender and Number Adjectives of Color Adjectives That Precede the Noun Key Vocabulary Les adjectifs descriptifs (Descriptive Adjectives)Les cou/eurs (Colors) Key Vocabulary Les nationalities (Nationanlities) 2. The Verbs etre and avoir, Subject Pronouns, and Negation The VerbsThe Verbs etre (to be) and avoir (to have) Etre and Subject Pronouns Subject Pronouns Uses of Etre Expressions with Etre Key Vocabulary Conjonctions. quafificatifs. et adverbes (Conjunctions, Qualifiers, and Adverbs) Negation with ne ... pas The Verb avoir (to have) Ne ..* pas de ... with avoir If y a ... (There is ... , There are ... ) Expressions with avoir Key Vocabulary La maison (The House) Reading Comprehension: La maison de Jean-Pierre 3.Days and Months, Regular -er Vel"bs in the Pl"eSent Tense, and InterrogativesDays of the Week, Months, and Seasons Les jours de la semaine(Days of the Week) Les mois de I'annee(Months of the Year) Les saisons (Seasons) Les parties du jour(Parts of the Day) Regular Verbs in the Present TenseConjugating Regular -er Verbs Uses of the Present Tense Interrogatives and Interrogative Words Yes/No QuestionsInformation Questions Key Vocabulary Noms mascu/ins (Masculine Nouns) Noms feminins (Feminine Noun~) Adjectifs(Adjectives) Conjonctions(Conjunctions) Reading Comprehension: Une petite ville en province 4 Numbers, Dates, and Time and Regular -ir Verbs in the Present Tense Cardinal Numbers Numbers from 0 to 99 Numbers from 100 Ordinal Numbers The Date and the YearTelling Time Regular -if Verbs in the Present TenseKey Vocabulary Les magas;ns et les commerces (Stores and Businesses)Key Vocabulary Les repas et Jes provisions(Meals and Groceries)Reading Comprehension: Au restaurant

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Myrna Bell Rochester is a textbook author and editor. She has taught at UCLA and at Stanford University.

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