References and Tools

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BOUQUINS

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English Grammar for Students of French, The Study Guide for Those learning French, by Jacqueline Morton

For those in FSL training who need to refresh their English grammar in order to understand French Grammar better.

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L’Art de conjuguer, Bescherelle, Dictionnaire de 12 000 verbes

  • Tous les verbes de la langue française
  • Les tableaux modèles
  • Les règles d’accord
  • Les règles d’emploi

The French conjugation’s Bible… A MUST HAVE!

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Le Robert micro, Dictionnaire de poche

  • Plus de 35 000 mots et leur famille
  • L’apprentissage de la langue (orthographe, grammaire, conjugaison)
  • L’enrichissement du vocabulaire (synomymes et contraires, analogies)

The best pocket French dictionary on the market!

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Le Multi des Jeunes, Dictionnaire de la langue française, by Marie-Éva de Villers, Éditions Québec Amérique

  • Un dictionnaire de langue
  • Les difficultés du français
  • 70 modèles de conjugaison

L‘objet de ce dictionnaire est de décrire de façon claire et actuelle le français de tous les francophones ainsi que le bon usage québécois pour les élèves de la 4ème année du primaire jusqu’à la fin du secondaire.

Approuvé par le ministère de l’Éducation du Québec…

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Le Petit Druide des Synomymes, Dictionnaire des synonymes et des antonymes, by Geneviève Tardif, Jean Fontaine et Jean Saint-Germain

300 000 synonymes et 40 000 antonymes

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Nos anglicismes, by Jacques Laurin

2 300 mots ou expressions à corriger

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The Story of French, by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau (Also available in French La Grande Aventure de la langue française)

This book tracks down the evolution of French from Charlemagne to Le Cirque du Soleil and, unlike most books on the subject, is easy to read and fascinating… The parallel between English and French, struggling for supremacy in Europe for centuries, helps us to understand our own Canadian context. A must read!

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For advanced beginner and intermediate students, I recommend books published by La Courte Échelle. They are actually novels for children and teenagers categorized by age groups, from 8 to 16. Easy to read and quite interesting!

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Books in French are not easy to find in Ottawa. Here are three bookstores where you can find almost anything (dictionaries, grammars, pedagogical materials, novels, biographies, softwares, DVDs and more):

Librairie du Soleil – 33 George Street, Ottawa

Librairie Antoine – 173 Sparks, Ottawa

Librairie du Centre – 435 Donald, Ottawa

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LIENS

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http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/index.html

Tex’s French Grammar (La grammaire de l’absurde)

Originally built for the students at the University of Texas (Austin), this website is accessible to all learners of French, provided they have a sense of humor! It is organized like any other grammar, but much more fun to use… Have a peek!

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Office québécois de la langue française’s website (click here)

  • Publications et services linguistiques
  • Bibliothèque virtuelle
  • Technologies de l’information
  • Testez vos connaissances
  • Jeux linguistiques
  • Données sociolinguistiques
  • Liens utiles : Le grand dictionnaire terminologique, BDL (Banque de dépannage linguistique)

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Text-to-Speech (click here)

A great tool to help your pronunciation in French! All you have to do is choose French as the language, then you pick the character you want (female or male)… Once you are done, you type either words of sentences and the character you picked will say it the way it is supposed to be pronounced.

I gave it a try myself and I think it is awesome!

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LOGICIELS

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Antidote RX v7 (fully compatible with Firefox 3) – http://www.druide.com

An essential tool for anyone who has to write (often or occasionally) in French and that is much more complete and efficient than the regular Microsoft spelling and grammar check (which, according to me, is quite useless in French). This software is recommended by the Université de Montréal and is used in a large number of French schools throughout Canada (Antidote est un produit québécois aussi reconnu en France comme étant l’un des logiciels correcteurs et grammaticaux des plus sophistiqués).

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