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101 French Phrases You Won't Learn in School

The Key to Sounding Like a Native Speaker: Idioms & Popular Phrases You Don't Learn from Textbooks. Rapidly Increase Your Vocabulary (Beginner--Fluent)
Narrated by: Eric LaCord
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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So you’ve learned the basics in French Class. You know how to say, “Comment allez-vous? or “Où sont les toilettes, s’il vous plaît? or “quel âge avez-vous?” but how do you take it to the next level?

Discover one of the most important yet often one of the most overlooked aspects of a language: idioms and popular phrases in common use. Think about how in English, so much of what we say is full of expressions and figures of speech and idioms. 

We say things like: “dime a dozen,” or “beat around the bush,” “cutting corners,” “speak of the devil,” etc. Plus, there is so much slang and so many phrases in popular use especially with young people: “To have a crush on someone,” “I’m all set,” “I’m down for that,” etc. Plus there are so many slang words we use that have other meanings in popular use like: “cool,” or “sick” or “lame” etc. This is the same if not even more common in the French language. 

If you want to be able to understand people and speak comfortably, you will find it almost impossible without a healthy knowledge of popular idioms, words, and phrases used by native French Speakers.

This book will teach you 101 of the most popular French Idioms and phrases that take you far beyond the basics you may have learned in school.

You will learn:

  • The English and French version of the idiom/phrase
  • The explanation of how to use this idiom or phrase in common speech and when is an appropriate time to use it
  • Examples of casual dialogue in both French and English to show you the context of how this phrase is used
  • You can practice repeating each phrase to help commit it to memory and work through the pronunciation

Now you can unlock an entire new level of ability and gain the street-knowledge and confidence you need to have real conversations in French.

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French pronunciation embarrassingly and unprofessionally butchered

I don’t know how this was allowed to be published and distributed at such an inadequate level of presentation. There are a lot of errors unfortunately that make it very difficult and painful to listen to. Please use a native speaker. This is really disappointing for a useful resource.

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Poor pronunciation

The narrator pronounces most words poorly and some completely wrong. He is not a native speaker and this audio book will not prepare you to sound more like a native while traveling in France.

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oh, but the pronunciation and accent!

Really, the information was good and the selected phrases are useful but the speaker's delivery was terrible. Oh my goodness! What happened? The accent and pronunciation couldn't even pass for a D-grade in an American french language classroom. Most of the basic words like "par", "pour", "veux" et. were horribly mispronounced. It was like the narrator purposely tried to not use anything even identifiable as proper french pronunciation of the words. If the mispronounciation and bad accent were intentional, this should be explained in the intro otherwise it seems like you only learned the language from reading and never actually listened to the rhythm, intonation or pronunciation of french words and phrases. It's like learning English without ever hearing it spoken. One might pronounce "knock" "k-no-c-k". Because how else would you know? This recording does a huge disservice to listening learners. I live in France. The whole point is to be able to use these phrases in a way that can be understood and makes sense when spoken to a native -- not perfection, but much better than this at least. Go listen to native french people speak on youtube for about 12 hours then do this audiobook over. You can do better. Afterwards, I would appreciate a free upgrade of my paid purchase. I can't bear to hear the original again.

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I learned a lot!

Great, Merci Beaucoup ^^! I especially like number 18. The French parts are slow enough for me to understand them well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-18

Awful accent. Very suspicious reviews.

The audiobook has some useful phrases but I had to refund the item because I couldn't stand the accent of the narrator, it doesn't sound like any native French accent I've ever heard and was so distracting I couldn't manage to get through the book, let alone listen to it multiple times in order to learn it. Having clicked on the reviewers profiles for both this audiobook and the authors other audiobooks, almost all the reviewers are using cut and paste reviews, and all their reviews are 5 stars for everything they review. Paid reviews on Audible are a big problem and this looks extremely suspicious.

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  • Benjamin Stephens
  • 05-02-19

euuhh

Salut Eric !!! Quoi de neuf !!!!??????!!!??? (Ouah ! cette phrase est trop cool !!!)

T'as vraiment une grosse gueule anglaise hein ; mais t'as quand même essayé !??!? C'est tout qui compte non ???? Personne s'en fout de la prononciation...

Et oui, tu dois me remercier... mais t'inquiètes pas, je te promets que je dirai day reeayn.

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  • Kirstyn
  • 11-15-18

Great idea - poor execution

Eric LaCord was not a good fit to narrate this book, the accent is just not authentic it’s a bit cringe worthy