Common French Expressions

A Desktop Reference for Every Learner of French

By Jean Severy
February 2007
Pelanduk Publications
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9679789357                      
292 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
$23.50 Paper Original


This is a bilingual corpus containing expressions and idioms of the French popular language.  This list presents the most commonly used expressions and idioms heard in everyday conversations.  However rude or sweet, serious or funny these expressions may seem, they are all unmistakably popular and therefore very much in use amongst the entire Francophone community. 

The aim of the book – in addition to the enrichment of vocabulary it provides – is to allow the learner at all levels a very useful insight into the cultural aspects of the French language.  As the overwhelming majority of these expressions are used on an almost daily basis, non-native speakers’/learners’ knowledge and understanding of them will undoubtedly facilitate understanding of authentic conversations in French. 

The method applied here is designed to help learners enhance their knowledge of both the French and English language as well as to get smoothly and efficiently acquainted with the cultural richness hidden in common everyday sentences used by the speakers of these languages.

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