3rd Edition

Colloquial French
The Complete Course for Beginners

ISBN 9781138949683
Published July 30, 2015 by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Colloquial French: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to French as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in French in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Colloquial French is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

Key features include:

A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar

An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises

Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations

Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in France.

An overview of the sounds of French

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial French is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in French.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents




Pronunciation Guide

Unit 1 Premiers contacts

First contacts

Unit 2 Dans la ville

In town

Unit 3 Manger et boire

Food and drink

Unit 4 Rencontres

Meeting people

Unit 5 Projets de vacances

Holiday plans

Unit 6 Faire ses courses


Unit 7 Planifier un voyage d’affaires

Planning a business trip

Unit 8 Quel voyage!

What a journey!

Unit 9 On s’amuse bien.

We are enjoying ourselves

Unit 10 A Paris

In Paris

Unit 11 Problèmes de santé

Health problems

Unit 12 Souvenirs


Unit 13 Rendez-vous et invitations

Appointments and invitations

Unit 14 Un week-end à cuisiner

A weekend spent cooking

Unit 15 Vêtements et chaussures 

Clothes and shoes

Unit 16 On cherche une maison. 

Looking for a house

Unit 17 On discute de la maison.

Talking about the house

Unit 18 Négotiations


Key to Exercises

Reference grammar

French-English Glossary


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Valérie Demouy completed her M.A. in teching French at the University of Pau in France. While teaching French in various British institutions, she developed a strong interest in beginner and intermediate levels. She is currently a Lecturer in French at the Open University, UK, where she has contributed significantly to the new beginners course.