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501 French Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses and Moods in a New Easy-To-Learn Format, Alphabetically Arranged
| Title: 501 French Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses and Moods in a New Easy-To-Learn Format, Alphabetically Arranged
Author: Christopher Kendris, Theodore Kendris
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What you see is what you get when it comes to this popular series of
foreign-language grammar titles, and here what you get is 501 French
, fully conjugated in every tense the French language has to offer.
(That would be 28, in case you're counting.) You'll also find verb drills
and tests as well as definitions of important grammatical terms, an index of
irregular verb forms, lists of vernacular expressions and idioms, and much
more. If you can't find the verb you're looking for in the 501 "model"
verbs, author Christopher Kendris provides an index of 1,000 additional
verbs that are conjugated in the same way as one of the 501. A lifesaver for
anyone who does much writing in French, 501 French Verbs
absolutely essential reference for every serious student of the language.--This
text refers to the
The new, updated edition of this popular book of French verbs and general
language guide is now printed in two colors for increased ease of reference.
The most important and most commonly used French verbs are presented
alphabetically in chart form, one verb per page, and conjugated in all
persons and tenses, both active and passive. This thorough guide to the use
of verbs features many additional references and tips, including a bilingual
list of more than 1,250 additional French verbs, helpful expressions and
idioms for travelers, and verb drills and tests with questions answered and
explained. French language students will also find an index of
English-French verbs, a section on verbs used in French idiomatic
expressions, and more than 1,000 additional French regular verbs conjugated
like the bookĄ¯s model verbs.
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5th edition (August 1,
- ISBN: 0764124293
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
- Average Customer Review:
based on 41 reviews.
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful:
Essential, May 13, 2000
Luke (NYC, NY United
If you could only buy one French reference book, buy a good French
dictionary. If you could buy two, buy this 501 French Verbs. It is a
well-known theory among linguists that verbs are the backbone of any
language. If you don't know a noun, fine...look it up. Verbs, however,
change forms easily. They're unpredictable, hard to understand,
difficult to construct. Did you forget if "sortir" conjugates like "dormir"
or like "finir"? What about the the subjunctive of "faire"? There is
only one solution for navigating through this jungle of verbs...501
In this easy-to-understand, easy-to-use book, all your verb questions
are instantly answered. In addition to fully conjugating every verb in
every tense and mood, there are idioms with each verb (such as "faire
des achats" under "faire"). There are quizzes in the back, as well as
useful verbs and sentences for many different situations (such as "at
the grocery store", or "at the hotel").
If you consider yourself a student of French at all, whether a
seasoned expert (such as myself, who still uses this book every day) or
just learning "etre", this book is one to keep on your shelf.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
good survival tool :), June 19, 2003
Are you trying to learn french?. If so, this is one of the books you
must have. Why? Simply because it makes your life easier.
This book doesn't explain why verbs are conjugated in a certain way,
but it helps you to learn merely by showing how 501 french verbs are
conjugated. Is that enough? Well, by itself no, because we are not
parrots who must repeat whatever they are told without understanding
what they say (that, despite the opinion of some, not all, french
teachers). However, if you have a good textbook, a terrific dictionary,
some listening tapes and "501 French Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the
Tenses in a New Easy-To-Learn Format Alphabetically Arranged" (long
title :)!!), you'll probably end up speaking french more or less well.
This edition is bilingual (french-english), so if you don't know the
meaning of some verbs in french you'll still have the translation in
english. Another thing worth pointing out is that each verb has lots of
examples (with different tenses). I found out that to be particularly
So, what to do?. If you can, buy this book, or ask a friend to lend
it to you. It is not overly entertaining (as a matter of fact it is
quite boring), but it helps you to deal with some of those awful verbs
that sometimes make you wish for the nonexistence of the french
language. On the whole, a good survival tool :)
Avg. Customer Review:
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Quick Tool to Further Your French Skills, March 13, 2004
As an adult studying French, I find this nicely sized trade style
paperback indispensable for its sheer simplicity. Verb are listed
alphabetically and lookup is easily fascilitated with the appearance of
the verb on the left or right upper corners respectively. A page is
devoted to each verb, with all of the tenses conviently arranged for
reading ease. On the bottom of the page, the author cites some sentence
and idiomatic sentence examples as well as a small list of verbs that
take on similiar properties. The back of the book is devoted to an
English-French and French-English Glossary list as well as idiomatic
usage of the verbs and specific situation topics like "talking about the
weather" or "buying a train ticket".
My one complaint about this series is the lack of English translation
especially for tricky verbs like savoir, pouvoir, vouloir and devoir
which when conjugated in the different tenses take on different meanings
in English. More explanation should be devoted to these verbs, perhaps
in the form of further examples. I think it would suffice if English
translations of the all tenses of the verbs were simply listed next to
their French counterparts. The author does discuss each of the tenses at
length in the front part of the book, but for quick look-up purposes,
this does not work well.
15 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
excellent although check the alternatives too, December 9, 2003
French is one of the world's great languages, but it would be even
greater if it weren't spoken by the French. :-) (Sorry about that, but I
On a more serious note, this is one of the venerable 501 Verbs books
that have become a staple of many students of foreign language. These
are great books, and the layout of the tables is the easiest on the eye
of all the verb books out there that I've seen.
That having been said, I have a preference for the 2000 Essential French
Verbs volume over this one, although I don't like the layout and the
design as much. The font is a little too small, for one thing, and the
tables just aren't as aesthetic-looking as the 501 book.
However, one major advantage the 2000 Verbs book has is the long section
after the verb tables discussing the grammar and usage for dozens of
French verbs in much more detail than can be done on the verb table
pages. Many more example sentences and of usage are included, along with
practice exercises that are helpful too. The 501 Verbs books also
contain several example sentences at the bottom of each page, but the
2000 Essential French Verbs book has many more.
The way the book works is that there are only tables for about 250
French verbs, but in the back is an index of 2000 French verbs keyed to
the correct page for that verb pattern, and you just turn to that. That
also saves paper and makes the book less thick and unwieldy than the 501
book although it actually is useful for many more verbs.
One thing the 501 book has, however, is a pretty good section on
idiomatic uses of French verbs, and dozens of examples of sample
conversations similar to the Berlitz models of using simulated
conversations in practical situations.
So the 501 French Verbs book is still a great volume, however, although
I could possibly do without the use of color over the earlier edition
since I'm not sure it's not more of a distraction than a help, but it's
okay. But I recommend checking out the 2000 Essential French Verbs book
also because of its features, in case you find you prefer that.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
essential for french learning!, December 3, 2003
I would actually buy this book before I would buy a dictionary. This
is the best reference book I've ever used for french! This book is
completely indisposable. I've spoken french for years and there are
verbs in there that I've never heard of!! It's absolutely great. I can't
rave enough about it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
French Verb Learning Tool, September 17, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I was being tutored by a girl who had this book. It is amazing for
people who are in a french class, becuase you simply look up the verb,
and all the conjugations are there! I love this book, and would recomend
it to anyone!
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