French Phrase Books

Written by Amy Hall
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French phrase books can help you get by when you are traveling through France for a vacation. Essentially, these books hone in on common foreign phrases that you will likely hear during your travels, as well as provide typical questions you might need to ask. You will learn basic expressions, such as hello, goodbye, what is your name?, how much does this cost?, and where is the restroom?

French phrase books will also teach you numbers, letters, days of the week, months of the year, and how to ask for directions. Most phrase books have an easy-to-read format, an English to French dictionary, as well as a French to English dictionary. Most words come with a pronunciation key to help you speak better, which in turn will help the natives understand what it is you are trying to say.

A good phrase book will be broken down into sections, such as basic expressions, accommodations, eating out, asking questions, and health issues. This makes it easier for you to find what it is you are looking for when you are in a pinch to find the right words or the proper pronunciation. As you probably know, there are words in every language that sound very similar, which makes it all the more important to use the proper pronunciation when speaking, as this ensures others will clearly understand what you are asking or saying.

The Handy Dandy French Phrase Book

It is smart to travel with a French phrase book if you do not speak the language fluently. There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than not being able to communicate with the people around you. At least you can point to a word or a phrase in your book if you are at a loss for words or the correct pronunciation. Believe it or not, most French natives appreciate any effort you make to speak their language, so it is best not to feel too self-conscious when attempting to speak this beautiful romance language.


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