Streetwise French

Streetwise French

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Speak and Understand Colloquial French. French that goes beyond the textbook!

Do you feel déphasé (out of synch) with everyday French? You don't want to appear guindé (uptight, stiff), but you also want to be sure you don't faire de gaffe (put your foot in it) when you use French slang. Then tu as du bol (you're in luck): with this book, c'est de gâteau (it's a piece of cake)!

Streetwise French brings you the dynamic, colorful, exuberant language that is spoken throughout the French-speaking world. With its twenty-eight natural, down-to-earth dialogues -each focused on practical language functions - this book is chock-full of idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, and current slang that you'll want to use yourself. It also highlights more vulgar terminology that you ought to be aware of and should only use with extreme caution.

Contextual usage and regional variations ar clearly explained; cartoons and jokes provide a flavor of Gallic humor; and exercises help learners practice their informal French. In addition, feature articles discuss how cultural attitudes influence the use of colloquial language in such areas as romance, the internet, and la langue de banlieues.

Whether you're a student, businessperson, or tourist, you'll love enriching your French with the vibrant language usually enjoyed by native speakers alone.