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What are the best books for learning french?

I learn french with 'Alter Ego', does anybody know anything about it, is there someone who takes french professional course, what books do you use? What do the most people in the world use to learn french, which books, if there are some specific books please tell me.

August 16, 2017



The Grammaire Progressive du Français series is one that I like. There's a textbook, grammar guide and workbook, in different levels from debutante to advanced. I believe it is used in France to teach French to foreigners.


Thank you, I didn't know that.


The books are all in French, no English, so you get the immersion experience, too.


Any book that you already read in English, so you already know what it is about, it helps a lot.

You reread the book, but in French this time.

Reading books of any kind is the best way to learn a foreign language. You just need to be interested in the topic.

And if you mean "a French grammar textbook", I not really a fan of this. Grammar is only the cherry on the cake, once you already have an good intuitive understanding of the foreign language and you want to learn the theoretical rules.

I'm a native French speaker so I'm probably biased, but there are not lots of theoretical rules in French. Except for the really weird ending of "passé composé" with être/avoir and "complément d'object direct" being before or after. But this rule is hard for French people too! The rule in itself is rather straight forward, what it hard is applying it without needing to think about it.

Except for this really complex rule, all the rest can be assimilated intuitively by reading lots random books.

And if you have some doubts about the conjugation of a specific verb, Google is your best friend. For example: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=prendre+conjuguaison

Outside of school and pesky tests, theoretical grammar is mostly for those who are already fluent and want to reach absolute perfection.

In France, the most famous grammar/orthography book is the all mighty Bescherelle. http://bescherelle.com/ https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bescherelle


Thanks, I will read books in english and then in french, I had never thought of that, it seems like a great idea. And I'll checkout bescherelle too, first time I hear about it. I Appreciate your help!

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