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The French They Never Taught You

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The French They Never Taught You by Jose J. Biname
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Grammar is not a four-letter word. Learning vocabulary is not a form of punishment. They are the basis of any language, and a student who wants more than a tourist's booklet of useful phrases will need to learn them sooner or later. The second edition of this popular little book takes the sting out of the exercise and even makes it a pleasant experience. By tackling issues not addressed in other texts or by doing so in a new way, we examine questions you will find novel and intriguing. In the section on grammar, we propose a new and better way to tell the use of the passe simple or passe compose and the imparfait. There really are differences in causal conjunctions (parce que/car/comme/puisque). The agreement of the past participle of pronominal verbs (Elle s'est coupee au doigt) is also explained clearly. The updated section on vocabulary helps you distinguish between pouvoir and puissance (power), and the section on style deals with such issues as letter-writing and levels of language. The purpose of this work, like that of second-language teachers, is to inspire students to seek what is unique in both languages and to reflect on the relationship and interplay between them.

Author Biography

Paul Socken is Professor of French Studies in the Modern Languages Department, University of Waterloo. This book is a tribute to the co-author, Jose Biname, who taught at the University of Waterloo in the 60s & 70s. Biname died in 1990. Jose Biname, taught at the University of Waterloo in the 60s & 70s. Biname died in 1990.
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October 1st, 2006
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2nd Revised edition
Canadian Scholars
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