If you need a way to learn or review a large amount of material in French, if you have trouble understanding spoken Québécois French but don't know what you're supposed to be learning to remedy the problem, and if you still need help making your spoken French sound less bookish, then 1000 is for you.
This book will accompany you in your independent study of French. It's for motivated learners who are doing all the right things on their own -- listening to French and speaking when possible -- but who need a helping hand in getting past that barrier in French. 1000 will raise your confidence in French by helping you to become more proficient with informal vocabulary, expressions and contractions... Québécois style, of course!
This book is arranged in a way that makes it as easy as possible for you to learn or review a large amount of material. There are 1000 examples of use (five on each page), all taken from the conversational level of French as used in Québec. Each example is accompanied by notes that will enable you to incorporate the language into your own use of French and to understand what the Québécois are saying. At the beginning of the book, there are notes about frequently used contractions in informal language, how yes-no questions are asked informally with tu, and the sound made by â, d and t in Québécois French.
You can read this book from beginning to end, or dip in and out when you have spare time. You don't need to read example of use number 75 before reading example of use number 678. You can start anywhere. Certain features of language are included more than once in this book so that if something doesn't make sense on the first go, you'll have more chances to see it elsewhere in the book in a different example.
After you read 1000, you'll:
- be able to identify and use the most frequently used contractions and vocabulary heard in informal language,
- have filled in many of the gaps in your knowledge of Québécois French and informal language,
- have a much stronger understanding of what distinguishes informally spoken French from the written standard,
- feel more confident about speaking French in a way that sounds less bookish and helps you to fit in better,
- have a much stronger base upon which to build as you continue learning French, and more specifically Québécois French, on your own.
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