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French Verb Drills

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French Verb DrillsIf you are looking for a workbook for verbs, French Verb Drills by R. de Roussy de Sales would be an excellent choice. The book is divided into two main sections, Part 1 being on regular verbs and part 2 on irregular verbs. Part 1 has twenty-seven subsections dealing with the various tenses and moods; several of them are devoted to regular -er verbs that have idiosyncratic changes in spelling such as ‘Verbs ending in -yer that change -y- into -i-‘. It does make for clarity when such subtleties are singled out and given a page or half a page to themselves. Etre and avoir are in actual fact included in Part 1 although they are irregular verbs; this is presumably because they need to be learned in order to form compound tenses (such as the passe compose or perfect tense) of regular verbs.

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French for Cats

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French for Cats: All the French Your Cat Will Ever Need (Hardback) By (author) Barbe Henri De La, By (author) BoswelIf you are thinking of house-sitting in France this summer and are worried that you won’t be able to communicate with your hosts’ cat, then this is just the book for you. When the cat says meow, is it trying to say, “Here comes a fur ball,” or “I did not break that vase”? All will be revealed in Henry Beard’s mini bilingual book of catspeak. With English phrases given first followed by French translations in italics and accompanied by illuminating illustrations, each page gives us a rare insight into the inner workings of a feline brain.

We are first introduced to The Major Cat Parts (of the body), and these are followed by The Basic Cat Wardrobe consisting of a bell, flea and tick collar, and name tag.

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La Grammaire en Clair

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Grammar has long been out of fashion and is considered boring, but it gives us the bricks with which to build our own sentences in a language. La Grammaire en Clair by Paul Rogers and Jeremy Long is the only book I have come across so far that brings an element of humour into the learning and practice of grammar.

Each grammar point is afforded either one or two pages, depending on its complexity. The book’s particular appeal stems in part from its use of comic strips for each topic, where the grammar being taught is used in context, often in several different ways.

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Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A

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 Revise the English Literature English Anthology for AQA A (GCSE English for AQA A) by Mr Tony ChildsI must emphasise at the outset of this review that Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A is intended for pupils taking GCSE English examinations, but only those who are studying the AQA Specification A as is clear from the title. Pupils will be supplied by their schools with the AQA Anthology itself (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198318812); the Anthology is not available in online or offline bookshops, but if you did need to obtain a copy, you might find one on Ebay.

Tony Childs’ book is therefore intended to assist with revision of the Anthology, by taking the poems and short stories one by one and asking questions that will guide pupils in the understanding and analysis of the works. The book opens with an introduction that explains the aims of the book, how it can help with revision, and how to prepare for the examination.

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Bescherelle Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs

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Bescherelle Complete Guide To Conjugating 12000 French Verbs By BescherelleConjugating verbs is probably one of the most difficult aspects of learning any foreign language. When I learned Arabic, I took classes for only three months but that was enough to give me a basic idea of verb patterns. From there I was able to continue learning the language by listening to it being spoken around me; it is relatively easy, for example, to increase your vocabulary by looking up nouns and adjectives in a dictionary.

Bescherelle is the definitive guide to conjugating French verbs in all their tenses. You might expect a guide covering twelve thousand verbs to be a huge heavy tome, but it is a small format and has just 174 pages, thus light enough to carry around with you. It is divided into three main sections: grammar of the verb, conjugation tables, and a dictionary of the spelling of verbs. Whilst it may sound like one of the most boring books ever to be published, it is a mine of information that could make you realise how much there is still to learn.

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students’ Book – Specification A

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students' BookThis English course book is for students studying for GCSE English and English Literature with the examination board AQA, specification A. The Introduction explains that it helps to ‘build the essential skills and knowledge to reach your potential in the GCSE English and English Literature exams’. There is a key for the various icons used in the book that signify spoken, reading, writing, and language activities. Students are shown that they will be able to check how good their skills are, develop and practise them, and improve them through the various activities. The speaking and listening, reading, and writing components of the course are shown in a table. There is in addition a table for the student to fill in every half term to show how confident they feel in each of the various skills. The final table in the introduction lists the skills that students will develop and practise and indicates how each skill will be assessed, whether through coursework or the final exam.

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