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All French Verbs from a to z (Larousse) Mar 3, 2008
This is the book I've been looking for since my first days in French class. It's a boon for those of us who are visual learners rather than auditory learners. I was actually in the process of writing up one almost exactly like this (with almost the same verbs as models!) when I discovered this book on the web. The use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for the phonetic renditions of the verbs is very helpful, as this is the phonetic system used in most French dictionaries for pronunciations of verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. The verbs are listed in an order similar to the one used in the Bescherelle "La conjugaison pour tous". This order takes a little getting used to, but makes sense once one understands the patterns of the verbs. The book would be almost perfect if more attention had been given to verbs ending in -er (-er with one radical, such as "aimer"); -yer (-ayer, -oyer, -uyer); -e(-)er (-eler, -emer, -ener, -eser, -eter, -ever); -é(-)er (-éder, -éger, -érer, -éter); -éer and -ier; -iller (-iller, -ailler, -eiller, -ouiller); and other variants of -er (-ouer, -uer, -cer, -ger, -gner, -quer). These verbs also follow quite regular patterns which become apparent once they are grouped according to their endings. Thank you for making this book available. I looked all over Paris, unsuccessfully, for a book similiar to this one, but found the book that would work through this site.
Superior to 501 French Verbs Dec 25, 2004
This book is in every way superior to 501 French Verbs. As much as I like that book, it only shows you how to conjugate 501 verbs, most of which are regular anyway. All French Verbs, in the spirit of the Bescherelle Conjugasion pour tous (which is what the French actually use) shows you how to conjugate every single verb in the French language, and provides various grammar points relating to tense and usage. This book is fantastic and is a must-have for your French language library.
my favorite French verb book Nov 24, 2002
This is the book that has enabled me to finally think that I can have a fighting getting a handle on French verbs. I have the 501 book and others but this one works for me. I really appreciate the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) spelling of all the verb forms of the about 100 verbs that are fully conjugated. If a learner doesn't have fluent French speaker on call how does one know how to pronounce the first person plural or any other forms when it changes pronunciation from the infinitive form. In the back of the book are about 16,000 verbs with brief definitions and a number from 1 to 101, which refers you the page of the verb, is conjugated in the same pattern. I have not been able to find some verbs in this list but I probably would not want to use them in polite conversation anyway. I feel that I am learning these basic patterns and can make educated guesses for unfamiliar verbs of similar forms.
Not bad! Sep 10, 2001
I have to admit, I love the pronunciation help, but cannot figure out how I am supposed to find a verb I am looking for. I understand about the 3 groups of verbs, but it's not in alphabetical order within the 3 groups. Also I wish the definitions were on the same page rather than in the back. I still like 501 French verbs better, although I was hoping I wpould like this one better.
As essential as 501 verbs Apr 26, 2001
This work published by Larousse is the English language version of their guide to French verbs. What sets it apart from others is that the illustrated verbs have the pronunciation of each form of each tense indicated in the International Phonetic Alphabet. As the pronunciation is not apparent in many cases, this is a great feature for anyone who uses or is learning French. For example, who would guess the pronunciation of the third person plural of the simple past tense of "venir" by looking at the verb form "vinrent" just by looking at it? (It is pronounced like "vers" with a nasal vowel.) I refer to it quite often, especially when reading. Also, it has an index with the basic meaning and reference to a like conjugation for every verb in current use from "abaisser" to "zyeuter."