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Speed up your French

Strategies to Avoid Common Errors, 1st Edition

By Margaret Jubb

Routledge

254 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Description

Speed up your French is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains the errors most commonly made by students of French.

From false friends to idiomatic expressions and the use of prepositions, each of the nine chapters focuses on an aspect of the language where English speakers typically make mistakes. Full explanations are provided throughout with clear, comprehensive examples, enabling students to acquire a surer grasp of French vocabulary and idiom, as well as grammar.

Key Features:

  • carefully selected grammar topics and examples based on the most commonly made errors
  • extensive exercises and answer key to reinforce learning, link theory to practice and promote self-study
  • use of mnemonic devices, including visual illustrations, to aid understanding
  • Supplementary exercises and answer key available at www.routledge.com/cw/Jubb

 

Suitable for either classroom use or self-study, Speed up your French is the ideal resource for all intermediate learners of French wishing to refine their language skills.

Table of Contents

1. Gender and number 2. Mastering false friends: verbs 3. Mastering false friends: nouns 4. Mastering false friends: adjectives and adverbs 5. Common verb phrases and idiomatic expressions 6. Pronominal verbs 7. Non-existent words, words with double meanings and other misused expressions 8. Use of prepositions and the translation of English phrasal verbs 9. Spelling, accents, elision, capitalization and punctuation

About the Author

Margaret Jubb is Honorary Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen.

About the Series

Speed up your Language Skills

The Speed Up Your Language Skills series publishes innovative, high quality textbooks focusing on common errors as an effective tool to improve one’s skills in a foreign language. Such errors are often either driven by linguistic transfer from English or caused by common misperceptions about the grammatical structure of a foreign language.

The primary objectives of the series are to explain and illustrate in context the most common errors made by English-speaking students in a foreign language and to classify them in easy-to-reference categories. Students can thus learn the appropriate usage of words and expressions and understand the reasons why they persistently make the same mistakes. The inclusion of exercises, shortcuts, mnemonic devices and much-needed strategies, not usually seen in conventional grammar books, facilitates vocabulary acquisition and mastery of essential grammatical elements.

Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts at the intermediate and advanced levels. Due to its self-explanatory approach and user-friendly format, the series is also recommended for self-learners who wish to "speed up" their language skills. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editor.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR000000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
FOR008000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / French
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General