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Correct Your French Blunders: How to Avoid 99% of the Common Mistakes Made by Learners of French Paperback – Nov 28 2006

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071468862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071468862
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Speak and write French as if it were your native tongue!

Tired of making the same old mistakes of switching your genders, confusing your tenses, and mixing up your idioms? Break the bad habits that leave everybody you talk to scratching their head. Correct Your French Blunders warns you of hundreds of typical errors learners make and explains the reasons behind the mistakes, so you can correct yourself in the future.

Improve your French skills with this fun and comprehensive guide and avoid all the common pitfalls, such as:

  • Mispronunciation and misspelling
  • Applying English grammar patterns to French
  • Putting verbs in the wrong tense
  • Using incorrect prepositions in expressions
  • Forgetting agreements in gender and number
  • Hanging out with faux amis (false cognates)

Correct Your French Blunders offers exercises covering all parts of grammar and wraps it all up with review passages to check that you are blunder-free. Soon, biting your nails will be your only bad habit!

About the Author

Véronique Mazet, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of French at Austin Community College.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wj on Nov. 18 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is well worse buying. Its like a little summery of french grammar, but at the same time it lists out what are the common English mistakes that we make. so i would say that if you remember everything in this book, your french will be much improved.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A super book for improving your French! Jan. 28 2007
By K. Klein - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for any level of French student. I've found it invaluable as a bridge between grammar studies and French as it should be spoken. You can open this book anywhere and read an interesting discussion on conversational usage you will not find in typical grammar books. A must have, in my opinion.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must have Nov. 10 2009
By Darren X - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is not a textbook for raw beginners, but if you are an English speaker already learning French, you need this book right now. I am a firm believer in language materials that take into account your native language (none of this Rosetta Stone 'natural learning' nonsense... I speak English, let's take advantage of that!).

Unlike typical textbooks, it organizes all the rules logically (for example, when it talks about definite and indefinite articles, it talks about ALL the rules and exceptions for their use in one place, in much more detail than an introductory textbook, focussing on mistakes that English speakers are particularly likely to make).

I used to use Glanville's Comprehensive French Grammar for this purpose, but this book is much more user friendly.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, easy to read, well-organized guide to French grammar. Jan. 19 2008
By Red Rose - Published on
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This is a great refresher to help anyone who studied French in school but wants to improve the accuracy of their grammar. The examples of "blunders" are a great way to illustrate to those experienced in speaking French of the inadvertent errors they may be making. For a grammar book, kept my attention better than I thought.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Feb. 7 2008
By Marilyn-Monroe - Published on
Format: Paperback
Extremely, très, très, très thorough! Great for any level. I have it for both french and spanish. I think they should attach a cd for the pronunciation portion though, so you can hear it. Yes, I'm one of those people who must hear a language :-) Other than that...this is a must have book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Genius concept for a grammar text! Oct. 26 2010
By frenchprof - Published on
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Love, love, love this book! The concept is a great one - I am a high school French teacher and, too often, my students try to relate English grammar to French for a direct (and often incorrect) translation. To gear this toward anglophone helps so much. The lists are clear and concise, and most of the grammar "blunders" are very common ones that need to be addressed.

Buy this book if you are looking to improve your French and sound more like a native speaker; you won't be disappointed!