No thanks but thanks. I m not an idiot. LOL! ... === message truncated === __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Shopping - withMessage 1 of 4 , Oct 1, 2003View SourceNo thanks but thanks. I'm not an idiot. LOL!
--- G A <aguf2001@...> wrote:
> How about the book 'Complete Idiot guide to French--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Learning'. It has words and pronounications.
> Ravi Rao <mail@...> wrote:
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> > Resources for Learning French
> > This is a summary of resources I've found useful=== message truncated ===
> > learning French in order to survive in Neuch?tel.
> > The selection of resources is slanted explicitly
> > toward the goal of survival: mastering the
> > sufficiently to be able to buy a car, read the
> > newspaper, get your furnace repaired, and all the
> > other fun-filled components of day-to-day life.
> > that base, you can proceed to a deeper
> > of the literary language and more effective ways
> > expressing yourself but it doesn't make sense to
> > worry about such refinements until you're able to
> > warn that pesky neighbour kid that if he rings
> > doorbell one more time and runs away, you'll tear
> > off his fingers and toes and feed them to your
> > vicious dog.
> > French in Action
> > French In Action is a video-based course created
> > Pierre Capretz of Yale University. This course is
> > excellent it almost justifies the invention of
> > television. I know of no better way to so rapidly
> > obtain a knowledge of day-to-day French.
> > French in Action is focused around 52 half-hour
> > video lessons which assume no prior knowledge of
> > language. The course starts in French from the
> > instant, and is built around a story that involves
> > the kinds of day to day activities that are often
> > neglected in literary-oriented language courses.
> > Don't expect to find a lot of verb conjugation and
> > noun-adjective agreement exercises here; the goal
> > developing an instinct for what "sounds right",
> > as children do as they learn their first language.
> > You may feel like an idiot when you bungle such
> > details, but the fact is you can mess up genders,
> > adjectival forms, and much of verb conjugation and
> > still be understood perfectly well on the street.
> > French In Action plunges right into colloquial
> > Parisian French, spoken full speed. The first time
> > through you'll probably miss about 90% at first
> > hearing. The second time, you'll get about half,
> > by the third time you'll understand almost
> > everything. Your very progress provides strong
> > reinforcement as you follow the course.
> > The course consists of the 52 video segments, a
> > textbook which consists largely of transcripts of
> > the videos with explanations, and a workbook and
> > of audio cassettes that focus on structure,
> > and pronunciation skills.
> > If you're too busy to work through the more
> > schooldays-like components, you can misuse French
> > Action to build your skills almost painlessly.
> > pick a 30 minute time period every day and work
> > way through the videos from number 1 through
> > 52, one per day. When you get to the end, go back
> > the beginning and start over again. Repeat until
> > understand perfectly and have ceased to improve.
> > (Mustn't leave you like the programmer found
> > in the shower clutching a bottle of shampoo with
> > instructions: "Lather, rinse, repeat".)
> > French In Action is published by the organisations
> > listed at the end of this section. The textbook,
> > study guides, audio cassettes, and other student
> > material are available in many college bookstores;
> > the last time I checked, San Francisco area
> > residents could obtain them at the College of San
> > Mateo bookstore. The video cassettes are
> > separately by the Annenberg/CPB project, in a dumb
> > format (two half-hour segments per VHS
> > you insist on standard play you could fit four per
> > tape and twelve in six-hour mode, which would
> > the number of cassettes from twenty-six to five)
> > a mindboggling price: more than US$600. This
> > notwithstanding the fact that French In Action has
> > been broadcast by numerous Public Broadcasting
> > System stations in the US for years, and anybody
> > with an antenna and a VCR is perfectly free to
> > their own tapes of the video portion of the
> > In fact, some PBS stations have held all-night
> > taping marathons of French In Action, aimed
> > at folks who want to make their own set of tapes.
> > Now while you're perfectly free to tape anything
> > broadcast on TV for your own use, it's still
> > probably a federal crime to run off a copy for a
> > friend. Go figure.
> > [French In Action: Textbook, Workbook, Study
> > Instructor's Guide, Audio cassettes: Yale
> > Press, 92-A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520,
> > ISBN 0-300-03655-8 (Textbook). Video cassettes,
> > Faculty manual: Annenberg/CPB Project, 1111
> > Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036, USA,
> > 1-800-LEARNER.]
> > Conversational French in 20 Lessons
> > If you go out and buy this "Cortina Method"
> > self-study book and open it up for the first time,
> > you'll probably think I've taken leave of my
> > to recommend this course. First of all, the book
> > written in 1954 and has not changed much since.
> > filled with little tacky line art period
> > illustrations that date it (actually, I'd have
> > guessed late Forties). Ignoring the anachronistic
> > layout and content, however, any of three aspects
> > this course make it well worth your time.
> > First, each of the 20 lessons is simple and can
> > easily be read through in half an hour. Each
> > vocabulary and conversational skills as you go.
> > Second, grammar is taught in a very effective
> > manner--by English-language footnotes keyed to the
> > French-language material in the lessons. Each time
> > new grammatical construct appears, a footnote
> > introduces it and provides a simplified
> > of the principle involved. I've found this a
> > remarkably painless and effective way to
> > grammar. Third, the last 135 pages of the book
> > contain an exhaustively detailed and well-written
> > reference on French grammar that's worth the
> > price of the book by itself. You can find much
> > classier French courses, but this one works.
> > [Cortina, R., and Alden, D., Conversational French
> > in 20 Lessons , New York: Henry Holt,
> > 1954-1962-1977. ISBN 0-8327-0011-8.]
> > Champs-Elys?es
> > Once you've come to terms with the basic
> > and grammar of a language, you're only at the
> > of a long process of learning how the language is
> > actually spoken colloquially and of learning to
> > the language. Spoken language has much less
> > information bandwidth than the printed page and
> > contains much more ambiguity which must be
> > in real time, by context. Consider, for example,
> > that in French the words:
> > tu you (familiar form)
> > tu/tue past participle of the verb se taire
> > tout all
> > tue kill (1st & 3rd person singular
> > will probably sound exactly alike to a novice, and
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That Idiot s Guide is a book good *IF/ONLY IF* they include a CD ROM or some sort to practice the pronunciation. Have you guys visited misc.immigration.canadaMessage 1 of 4 , Oct 1, 2003View SourceThat Idiot's Guide is a book good *IF/ONLY IF* they include a CD ROM
or some sort to practice the pronunciation.
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I am really concerned about "the French requirement".
I put 1 on my French skill and I know the very LITTLE basic
conversation and grammar.
Gosh....what a hard language to learn...:)
--- In email@example.com, James Chung
> No thanks but thanks. I'm not an idiot. LOL!