A witty, fast-paced guide to eliminating those annoying and frustrating French bloopers Mixing genders, inverting subjects and objects, and trusting false cognates are just a few of the blunders English-speaking French-language learners commonly make. In Correct Your French Blunders, veteran French teacher Véronique Mazet identifies these and other common trouble spots and clearly explains the reasons behind them. You will discover how grammar patterns of French differ from those of English and why trying to translate word for word, structure for structure, from English, can lead to big trouble. You will learn to break bad habits and correct your mistakes while developing a much more natural feel for French language patterns with the help of: More than 1,000 highlighted examples of common blunders to avoid A free app available on iTunes for interactive practice for obliterating those blunders Numerous examples and practical exercises Quick-reference panels for checking correct tense forms A "Hall of Shame" compendium of bad errors to recognize and correct
Take your French grammar skills to the next level and speak with more panache! To fully understand how to speak French effectively you must move beyond the fundamental principles of grammar and tackle more sophisticated sentence constructions. Practice Makes Perfect: Advanced French Grammar focuses on intermediate- to advanced-level topics to help you create more complex, meaningful sentences and communicate more naturally. Instead of just applying sets of rules, Practice Makes Perfect: Advanced French Grammar helps you better understand the nuances of the language and develop your skills and confidence as a French speaker by providing easy-to-absorb explanatory materials, examples, and exercises. Inside you will find: Thorough explanations of topics that often prove difficult for English speakers when they learn French, such as the correct use of object pronouns. Practical exercises that give you the opportunity to test what you've learned Learn the ins and outs of: Compound tenses • Translating -ing • The subjunctive • Relative tenses • Ce versus ça • Prepositions • . . . and much more
Gain control over difficult areas of French grammar with this accessible guide Mastering grammar in a new language can be challenging. Practice Makes Perfect Advanced French Grammar helps you take your grammar skills to the next level. Written for advanced beginner and intermediate language learners, the book focuses on the sophisticated grammar topics that are essential to constructing longer, more complex sentences. Easy-to-absorb explanatory materials and examples are featured throughout the text. Comprehensive review exercises are included to help reinforce the topics covered and gauge your progress. You’ll develop a better understanding of the nuances of the language and quickly zero in on what holds you back from fluency. With this book to guide you, you’ll learn how to create more complex, meaningful sentences and communicate in French more effectively. Practice Makes Perfect Advanced French Grammar features: • Thorough explanations of topics that often prove difficult for English speakers learning French, including compound tenses, the subjunctive, and prepositions • New: Chapter review test to assess your understanding of the material • Practical exercises that give you the opportunity to test what you've learned • Targeted focus to help you improve your language skills in less time • A handy appendix of tables resolves troublesome grammar issues
The easy way to master French grammar French Grammar For Dummies is a logical extension andcomplement to the successful language learning book, French ForDummies. In plain English, it teaches you the grammatical rulesof the French language, including parts of speech, sentenceconstruction, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, stress and verbtenses, and moods. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practiceopportunities to help you on your goal of mastering basic Frenchgrammar and usage. Grasp the grammatical rules of French including parts ofspeech, sentence construction, and verb tenses Enhance your descriptive speech with adverbs, adjectives, andprepositions Benefit from plenty of practice opportunities throughout thebook Use the French language confidently and correctly Whether you're a student studying French or a professionallooking to get ahead of the pack by learning a second language,French Grammar For Dummies is your hands-on guide to quicklyand painlessly master the written aspect of this popularlanguage.
From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book” (Martin Rees, author of From Here to Infinity) illuminates the path to scientific discovery. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fields—but each also stumbled badly. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’s premier chemist, constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein speculated incorrectly about the forces of the universe—and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. As Mario Livio luminously explains in this “thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself” (The New York Times Book Review), these five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. “Thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written” (The Washington Post), Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists—and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous.
Communication Skills in English for Business Purposes
Author: Leo Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
New International Business English is a flexible course at the upper-intermediate level for people who need or will soon need to use English in their day-to-day work.All four skills - listening, speaking, reading, writing - are developed through a wide range of tasks which closely reflect the world of work.
Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World
Author: Bill Fawcett
Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave. And the rest is history...