Play and Learn French - Learn to Speak - Audio Book CD
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About Play and Learn French
The fun, easy, and natural way to get kids started in learning French
Young children have an amazing capacity for picking up new languages, and every parent is a natural-born language teacher. Now Play and Learn French introduces a unique approach to getting kids started in French that is as fun as it is easy.
Instead of drills and boring grammar exercises, you get loads of fun games, activities, and songs that let you seamlessly integrate the French language into your everyday life. From taking a bath to going shopping, making lunch to driving in the car, Play and Learn French turns daily routines into fun learning adventures for you and your child to enjoy together. No need to set aside extra time in your busy schedule—with this program, you learn as you live. And you’ll be amazed at how quickly you see results.
Play and Learn French is packed with lively color illustrations and features:
* Songs, games, and activities that make language learning natural and fun
* Key-word illustrations to help with the retention of important words and phrases
* Whimsical comic strips that put French in a real-world context
* Sidebars with fun cultural information about everyday life in France
* English translations for all activities
* A sixty-minute audio CD containing all of the book's songs, games, and expressions
With Play and Learn French, it won’t be long before you hear your child say he or she wants to give you le gros bisou du soir (a big good-night kiss).
About the French Language
French is a Romance language originally spoken in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and today by about 350 million people around the world as either a native or a second language, with significant populations in 54 countries. French is a descendant of the Latin of the Roman Empire, as are languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
It is an official language in 31 countries, most of which form what is called in French La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. French is written using the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, plus five diacritics (the circumflex accent, acute accent, grave accent, diaeresis, and cedilla) and the two ligatures (œ) and (æ). French spelling, like English spelling, tends to preserve obsolete pronunciation rules. This is mainly due to extreme phonetic changes since the Old French period, without a corresponding change in spelling. Moreover, some conscious changes were made to restore Latin orthography:
* Old French doit > French doigt "finger" (Latin digitum)
* Old French pie > French pied "foot" (Latin pedem)
As a result, it is difficult to predict the spelling on the basis of the sound alone. Final consonants are generally silent, except when the following word begins with a vowel. For example, all of these words end in a vowel sound: pied, aller, les, finit, beaux. The same words followed by a vowel, however, may sound the consonants, as they do in these examples: beaux-arts, les amis, pied-à-terre. On the other hand, a given spelling will almost always lead to a predictable sound, and the Académie française works hard to enforce and update this correspondence. In particular, a given vowel combination or diacritic predictably leads to one phoneme.The diacritics have phonetic, semantic, and etymological significance.