Gone are the days when all the textbooks were dull and formal. I remember when at school, my English student’s book was quite well-structured and, all in all, I found it very informative (it’s the basis of what I know now, after all). However, when I came to Canada, I realized how many words and phrases that people commonly use here were completely unknown to me. And, what is more, those expressions I knew and thought they were common, were completely unknown (or rather forgotten) to native speakers. It’s inevitable that a good, all-encompassing coursebook becomes archaic in many aspects. Spoken language is constantly evolving, so no wonder you need to look for more resources to keep up.
Another thing is that many coursebooks contain much unnecessary information. This may be not archaic, but still, it’s something not that essential for speaking practice. That’s why I loved this no-nonsense book.
Essential French Grammar was designated for adults who have no much spare time for endless introductions and theoretical excursuses. This book contains everything you need to start your conversation with native speakers as soon as possible.
Grammatical points are all illustrated with examples which makes it better to understand the rule and apply it. I also loved the part with common word-endings and their French equivalents – easy to enrich your vocabulary in an intuitive way (don’t forget to check your freshly created word J ). Of course, the main purpose of this part is not to invent your own words and hope they exist, but to understand the written and spoken language better: even if the word is unknown, it’s easier to think of its possible translation knowing the rules of word formation.
A no-nonsense textbook for those who value their time. Everything is presented in a short, yet informative way, with examples of phrases and sentences. All the main grammar aspects are covered here: tenses, word formation, conjugations, and so much more.