1000 French Verbs in Context

  • by Alex Forero
  • Narrated by Cait Frizzell
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You're about to discover over 1000 French verbs exemplified in French & English sentences.
Learning a new language is never an easy task, but it doesn't have to be hard. By learning the 1000 most used verbs in a language, you give yourself a fantastic foundation to start building upon to your road to fluency.
In my audiobook, 1000 French Verbs in context, I give you over 1000 of the most common French verbs used today. You are given the verb in French and English with examples of the verb in a sentence, also in French and English. No more confusion about how to use the verb.
One thousand words are a perfect number to aim for. It is important to give yourself goals to stay motivated and to keep yourself learning. Imagine if you learnt 10 words a day. Five in the morning and five at night. After only 100 days ( that's just over three months), you would have access to 1000 verbs in your vocabulary. That really is quite a lot and would give you an excellent grasp of the language.
Far too many people expect to be speaking a new language far too quickly without putting in the time or effort. As a language teacher, I can testify to seeing this too many times. I can also say that by exposing yourself to a new language daily, you will surely learn it. It does take time and effort but 10 words a day will give you a massive boost. If you prefer a slower pace, then you could set yourself different goals.
The key to learning new vocabulary is to see it in context, that means in use. Seeing how it's used will help you remember the word a lot better. It is also important to understand how that word should be used in a sentence.

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Cram your head with French

This a very good way to start to absorb a lot of French verbs. I love the sheer volume of clearly pronounced French here. If you throw enough custard at a wall, a fair bit will start to stick. The verbs are set in context which means that one hears a load of extra words, as well as the core verb, that start to sink in after a few listens. It is a great way to get your ear in as a precursor to trying to pick the bones out of full fat French radio or tv - or conversation, for that matter.

I also like the way that despite only giving one example of each verb the book uses different tenses and users ( I.e. We, they, she etc)

I'm slightly less happy with some of the rather stilted and direct English translations like "water makes the objects heavy" which leave me
wondering what the writer of the original sentence actually had in mind.

However if you already have a (in my case "very") basic level of understanding this book will get you listening and trying to translate before the narrator gives the English version.

Audible insists that I give a star rating for this book. I suppose you could say that it contains hundreds of little stories.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review
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- Jonathan

Awful pronunciation, silly alphabetical order

Would you recommend 1000 French Verbs in Context to your friends? Why or why not?

In its current shape, no. But could be improved enormously.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

By not being a native speaker. It's ridiculous, having a French textbook read by a non-native. Her French may otherwise be brilliant, but not her pronunciation.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It has its uses, but it's an inferior product. The idea of having the 1000 most used verbs is undoubtedly good, but the execution is appalling: firstly, the non-native reader, and secondly, why not have the verbs in rough order of frequency of use? The alphabetical order is just lazy and inane, like reading a dictionary, and in that sense inefficient.


Any additional comments?

1. Re-do the book with a native reader, 2. order by frequency of use, and 3. repeat the French sentence after you have given the English translation. Right now, it's half baked.
And please use far less the passé simple in the examples.

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- Atanas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: Richard Forero