Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Three famous French words-and the national motto of France, that symbolize the triumph of the republic. French is second only to English regarding to the number of countries where it has official status. La Francophonie, the international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first (“mother”) or customary language, has risen to 57 members. French is a live and vibrant language, the working language of UN, the EU and dozens of international organizations including the International Red Cross committee, Amnesty International, International Labor Organization and Doctors without Borders. French is a mother tongue to 1.6 million Americans and between 6 to 11 million Americans speak French fluently as a second language, a fact that explains why half of foreign films watched, and 30% of foreign books read in the US are in French. Everyone should know basic French words and phrases, especially if one is planning a trip to Paris or any other place in France. Learning those basic words and phrases quickly and easily, plus being able to find them when needed is crucial when travelling to France or any other foreign country, and this is what this book is about.
This handbook is the best companion for people travelling to France for pleasure or business, or just want to learn the basics in French, and also important things to know about France, the French people and the French language. Written in collaboration with local French experts, it contains carefully selected words and phrases, which will make your everyday communication with the locals much easier, and your staying in France much more pleasant and fun. Learn interesting facts about the French language, impress the locals with your fluency, understand all the basics in signs (very useful, since many of the museums have signs for their collections that are only written in French), menus and oral expressions, avoid misunderstandings, and of course learn how to communicate in case of an emergency. From basic communication and greetings to expressions for directions, food, shopping, emergency, business and much more, it will be your valuable companion inside your mobile device, accompanying you every day of your stay.
All the words and phrases are first given in English and then phonetically in French, in order for you to know how to pronounce them. A final chapter of important things to know and useful contact numbers completes the basic knowledge anyone must have before travelling to France. Press here to see where you can buy The Ultimate French Phrasebook from.