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A French Survival Guide

The Language and Culture You Need to Travel with Confidence in France

by Elizabeth Bingham

French Survival Guide: The Language and Culture You Need to Travel with Confidence in France

This book contains a lot of vocabulary, extensive pronunciation guidance, basic grammar instruction, and a healthy dose of cultural information, all in one slim volume. "Look inside the book" and see for yourself all that is covered and how.

French Survival Guide is a down-to-earth, bare-bones introduction to French that aims to make a trip abroad as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This information-packed mini-course concentrates on preparing readers to travel in France in a limited time by focusing on what is most useful or interesting to travelers and cutting out unnecessary vocabulary and grammar.

This Survival Guide helps readers communicate in the French language and culture. It prepares travelers for what to expect and how to deal with it, what to say and when to say it. It's like three books in one--a phrase book (so you know what to say), a grammar book (so you know how to say it), and a culture book (so you understand daily social expectations)--all focused on a traveler's needs.

Learn how to greet people and introduce yourself in French, how to line up lodging, order food and pay properly, how to shop and ask for directions in French, how to drive a car or take the train in France, how to get help in an emergency or talk about your family or discuss the weather, and much, much more!

Get key insights into French social conventions: how to talk to people, how to avoid taboo subjects, how not to look like a tourist, how to tip, how to have good table manners, how to be a gracious guest, how not to invade the privacy of others, how to overcome poor customer service, how to avoid petty crime.

Discover the fine points of city buses, grocery stores, train stations and coffee shops. Learn how to eat and drink the French way, how to establish a relationship with your waiter, how to avoid signalling that you want to start a flirtation with strangers on the street.

French Survival Guide is packed with culture notes, study tips, travel hints, and reality checks galore. It includes optional exercises for practicing material from the lessons, French-English and English-French dictionaries, and inside-the-cover Survival Summaries travelers can use on the spot. In addition, French pronunciations are written throughout the book, so users always have guidance on how to pronounce new words and phrases. Includes an extensive index to help readers find the topics they want, fast. All this packed into one volume small enough to tuck into a bag and take along.