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Funky French offers an all-inclusive package for learning French. Its novel and humorous approach encompasses basic through advanced levels.
While introducing new material, each chapter reinforces previously presented sentence structures, idioms and vocabulary.
Funky French is laden with clever mnemonics, delightful dialogues and reading passages and entertaining exercises.
Those who would like an elementary or refresher course, students who want to supplement classroom instruction and/or review for AP or IB exams, travelers who wish to feel more comfortable communicating in French-speaking environments will find Funky French to be an indispensable resource. It is the ticket for a unique and rewarding adventure.
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Excerpt from Funky French:
"Les Salutations - The Greetings
Though a good French accent is très important, if the correct sounds are not applied in conversation, the speaker is limited to impressing French animals. Knowing how to address people is your chance to get in the first and last words.
1. When approaching or being approached by a French-speaking person whom you know well, expect to kiss or to be kissed on both cheeks. (Either party may start the exchange. There isn't any "pecking order.")
2. One not familiar with an individual proceeds directly to bonjour. "Hello" is its most common translation, but it actually means good day. Bon après-midi- good afternoon can only be used at a specific time of day, whereas bonjour serves from sunrise until sunset. Bonsoir- good evening starts or ends a conversation. Bonne nuit- good night is the final greeting of the day. (However, the conversation is still very "light.")
Important notes: You will not make un faux pas- a mistake if you add a title of address such as Monsieur- Mr., Madame- Mrs., and Mademoiselle- Miss/Ms to all greetings. An example of the correct format is "Bonjour, Mademoiselle LaFrance." An older woman should be addressed as Madame. (Referring to her as mademoiselle infers that she "missed the boat.")
By not adhering to la politesse française- French politeness, a speaker might encounter another kind of "cross culture."
3. Abbreviations are perfectly acceptable in written French. You will not be considered "short" with people for writing M. for Monsieur, MM. for Messieurs, Mme for Madame, Mmes for Mes- dames, Mlle for Mademoiselle and Mlles for Mesdemoiselles.
4. When meeting somebody the first time, an obvious question is, What is your name? The two translations are Quel est votre nom? > What is your name?, and Comment vous appelez-vous?, which literally means "How do you call yourself?"
The answer for the first form starts, Mon nom est _________. > My name is _________. The response for the second begins, Je m'appelle __________. > My name is/I call myself _________.
=> 4a. The above individual should be addressed in the formal vous form at the first meeting.
=> 4b. However, when you are being introduced to someone your age or younger, it is appropriate to use the informal tu form.
The questions in 4. become Quel est ton nom?, and Comment t-appelles-tu?
5. Hi! is expressed by Salut! (That's a short salutation.)
6. One frequently hears Ca va? exchanged among friends and family. That is an informal way of saying "How are you?" Its literal translation is "It's going?"
Typical responses to Ca va? are:
=> Ca va (bien.) > I am doing (well.)/It is going (well.) The intonation in the speaker's voice distinguishes the question from the answer.
=> Ca va comme ci comme ça. > It's going so-so./I'm doing just OK.
=> Ca va mal. > It's not going well./I'm not doing well.
7. There are two very popular ways to express "How are you?" in French.
=> 7a. When speaking to a stranger or to more than one person, regardless of how well you know him/her/them, the appropriate question is Comment allez-vous? Its exact meaning is "How are you going?" Vous is a formal form and the only plural pronoun for you.
=> 7b. To ask somebody with whom you are familiar how he or she is, the most typical question is Comment vas-tu? Tu is the informal subject pronoun in "How are you going?" Comment means how. When answering, the person(s) will comment on how he/she/they is/are.
8. The most common responses to the questions in 7a. and 7b. are:
=> Je vais (très) bien, merci. > I am (very) well, thank you.
=> Je vais comme ci comme ça. > I am doing so-so. Je ne vais pas mal. > I am not doing badly.
=> Je ne vais pas (très) bien. > I am not (very) well.
=> Je vais mal. > I am doing poorly. (The prefix mal has nothing good to say in either language.)
A very important note: Ne before a verb and pas after it make a sentence negative.
9. Dialogues are often peppered with the following phrases:
=> 9a. S'il te plait and s'il vous plait! > Please! The word-for-word translation for both terms said before or after a request is "If it pleases you." (Pronounced correctly, s'il vous plait won't sound like an outdated wedding gift.)
Ex. S'il te plait, apporte-moi du vin rouge! > Please bring me some red wine!
Ex. Parlez lentement, s'il vous plait! > Speak slowly, please!
=> 9b. Merci and Merci beaucoup. > Thank you and Thank you very much. Choose either de rien or pas de quoi to say, "You are welcome." The former means of/from nothing; the latter translates as not of what. "Think nothing of it" draws from both French responses.
Ex. La boite de chocolats est pour moi? Merci beaucoup. > The box of chocolates is for me? Thank you very much.
De rien or pas de quoi would be a tasteful way to acknowledge gratitude for the sweet gesture.
10. Even a brief rendez-vous precedes a choice of closing remarks. Of course, the most popular goodbye is au revoir. Because its exact translation is "to see again," it implies that there will be another meeting. Adieu, (Go) with God, is more formal and more final.
You can also leave "a lasting impression" with à bientôt! or tout Ã l'heure!- See you soon! Those anticipating meeting again soon might say à demain- until tomorrow or à + the scheduled time. The international ciao can replace all of the previous possibilities.
PS: Before leaving relatives and friends, it is appropriate to plant one more bisou- kiss on each other's cheeks. 1. Bonjour is an appropriate greeting for _____.
a. the morning only b. the afternoon only c. anytime of the day d. the evening
2. Good night is translated by _____.
a. bonne soir b. bonne nuit c. bon après-midi d. bonbons
3. The written abbreviation for madame is _____.
a. M. b. MM. c. Mlle d. Mme
4. One who asks the question Comment vous-appelez-vous? _____.
a. wants to know a young person's name b. has already asked Quel est votre nom? c. is using informal pronouns d. wants to know the name of someone older
5. When greeting friends, children or young adults, one often says _____!
a. Salut b. Ciao c. Ca ne va pas bien d. Adieu
6. Comment allez-vous? is the formal form of _____?
a. Allez-vous mal? b. Ca ne va pas bien c. Comment vas-tu? d. Allez-vous comme ci comme Ã§a?
7. Je vais mal is similar in meaning to _____.
a. Vous allez mal b. Ca va comme ci comme ça c. Ca va d. Ca ne va pas bien.
8. To request a favor from more than one family member, one should add, _____.
a. s'il te plait! b. s'il vous plait! c. Comment ça va? d. Vous allez bien
9. You are welcome is expressed in French by de rien or _____.
a. pas de quoi b. la politesse c. un bisou d. merci beaucoup
10. A bientôt and tout à l'heure are synonyms which translate as _____!
a. Please go b. See you soon c. See you tomorrow d. With God "
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