Learning French…Simplified

Just in case anyone thinks that learning French is difficult, my French workbook offers this simple explanation of how to easily construct a phrase.


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  • Anna S.
    June 5, 2005 9:57am

    I just signed up for a fiveX/week French class at Santa Monica College, and may I say this diagram scares me. I’m just going to assume you’re in an advanced class. :)

  • June 5, 2005 10:05am

    Don’t be too worried Anna. Just print out that simple diagram and your French will be perfect! French is one of the harder languages to learn-even French people have difficulty with all those verb conjugations (English has 6 verb tenses vs. 14 in French.) Although come to think of it, some Americans, even Presidents, have trouble with English!

  • June 10, 2005 2:09am

    I ran to my fridge to pull out a petite swisse to eat whilst reading your post! But I ate it plain so that I could get right inside it’s personality. What a nifty size and packaging the whole minute thing is! wondrous.

  • June 18, 2005 7:15pm
  • Jonathan
    July 1, 2005 3:07pm

    Where can one find that workbook? Or at least the name of it? I live in NYC, but will be in Paris this Fall. And, yes, French IS difficult to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it’s absolutely wonderful to hear something so beautiful coming out of your mouth! :-)

  • July 2, 2005 4:34am

    Hi Jonathan:

    It’s from the workbook “Grammaire Progressive Francais” which I got at FNAC in the basement of Les Halles. They have tons and tons of French workbooks, but that’s the best, I think. It’s published by CLE and costs around 12 euros.


  • Aimee Cardwell
    July 7, 2005 11:44am

    Oooh. That looks interesting to me, too. Which one of these do you have:


    My husband and I (expats from SF) have been studying for about 7 months and we’re doing better, but can definitely use more help.