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Publisher Description

What The French?! is not your grandpa's textbook. It isn't your textbook, either; it's the book you wish they made you use. Think of it as more of a pal who knows French grammar inside and out, who tells it to you straight and doesn't treat you like an idiot, but who is also perfectly fine with you learning at your own pace. 

This book has everything you need to learn French grammar from the ground up (high school through at least second-year college) or to refresh your memory after taking a break from studying French, whether that’s one semester or forty years.

It's comprehensive:

verb conjugation in all major tenses (and moods!)
verb usage in sentences
nouns, with special attention to irregular forms
personal pronouns
relative pronouns
articles (definite, indefinite, and partitive)
adjectives, with special attention to irregular forms
details and exceptions
asking questions
bossing people around
and tons more, seriously. You're tired of reading this list, right?

What The French?! features: 

plenty of interactive quizzes 
memorably weird example sentences 
illustrations all over the place

This book is NOT a guide to French culture, literature, vocabulary, or politics and will NOT give you sound relationship advice. No mimes were harmed in the making of this book...but we really wanted to.

about the authors:

Marc Olivier has a PhD in French Literature from the University of Washington, and is a tenured French professor with awards in teaching and distance learning. He writes academic articles that nobody reads on random topics like eighteenth-century entomology, horror films, and death by nostalgia.

Andrew Livingston is currently a PhD student in Linguistics. In addition to teaching advanced French grammar as an undergraduate, he has played electric banjo in a band and draws a daily webcomic. Andrew’s other languages of interest include Arabic, Bislama and this one obscure Polynesian language you’ve probably never heard of.
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August 23
Marc Olivier
Grades 9-17

Customer Reviews

Sputterp ,

So much better than a traditional textbook!

This is a fantastic tool for review and for clarifying what the traditional language textbook is telling you. The material is presented in a humorous manner, but don't let that fool you into thinking the book isn't seriously helpful. In fact, I think the humor makes it more helpful - it's not just the proverbial spoonful of sugar that helps the grammar go down, the humor actually helps you to remember the grammar better. The explanations are clear and concise AND IN PLAIN ENGLISH! This book is a happy necessity for anyone seriously studying French!

EugeneChapus ,

Helpful and funny

This book is a send up of all the French grammar books that assume you can't possibly understand grammar. It is very clear and cuts to the chase, explaining how French works in a fun to read style. The book is filled with helpful exercises that allow you to practice what you are learning. And it is a very comprehensive explanation of the language. It could be used as a supplement, a sort of personal tutor, for people in a traditional French class or it can be a stand alone language learning tool for people brushing up on their French before a trip or who need to get ready to test out of beginning classes. An incredibly useful and clever book.

ProfGregJackson ,

An entertaining textbook!

I have used several French textbooks as a student, then teacher, of the French language. Never before have I found myself reading a textbook because I was enjoying myself. Yes, I was entertained ... by a textbook!! This book lives up to its claim: informative, makes French easier to digest, and entertains all at the same time.

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