Eating and Shopping in France, A Kolibri Practical Guide to Lifestyle, Manners and Language

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Eating and Shopping in France, A Kolibri Practical Guide to Lifestyle, Manners and Language by Pam Bourgeois

Paperback, 98 pages + 1 Audio CD

Learn French with Kolibri Languages Practical Guides, written especially for Francophiles who want to understand the French way of life in depth and to speak French with confidence.

The Practical French learning Guides are based on creative and effective teaching methods that highlight the need for cultural awareness when learning French. Understanding what is going on, knowing what people will say, being able to react and respond appropriately are the recipe for successful conversations and contacts with French people.

Dealing with key topics including travel and daily life, Kolibri Languages’ Practical Guides will help deepen your understanding of French culture as you progress in the French language.

With this first book in the Kolibri Languages Practical Guides series, you will discover everything you need to know to enable you to eat well and do your shopping in France.

Cultural tips, historical anecdotes, useful words and expressions, amusing idioms, quizzes and key information will help you understand the French way of life.

  • Discover the polite way to cut French cheeses.
  • Learn why Marseille is associated with soap.
  • Find out what is the difference between a Parisian brasserie and a ‘bouchon’ in Lyon.
  • Learn key French vocabulary for talking about wine.
  • Prepare yourself for shopping in French markets with key information.
  • Know what to expect when you go into traditional French food shops.

The audio CD, included with the book, contains all the key French vocabulary from the book and will also help you with French pronunciation so you will feel confident when talking with French people.

Eating and Shopping in France will help you prepare your trip and will be a unique souvenir when you return home. Order your copy today!

Eating and Shopping in France - Contents

Foreword 6

PART 1. EATING OUT 7, Un café 8, Une brasserie 15, Un restaurant 22, Une crêperie, un bouchon… 29

PART 2. TRADITIONAL FOOD SHOPS 37, Une boulangerie 38, Une pâtisserie chocolaterie 45, Une fromagerie 52, Une charcuterie traiteur 59

PART 3. NOT TO BE MISSED 67, Le marché 68, Un caveau 75, Les spécialités régionales 82, Le shopping à Paris 89

Eating and Shopping in France - About the Author

Pam Bourgeois's name has long been associated with creative and effective language learning methods. Her techniques for learning French and other European languages are based on years of experience running language schools for an international clientele and creating language study materials in Europe and Africa. She has worked as a consultant in business French for the BBC and co-authored OBJECTIFS: ASSIGNMENTS IN PRACTICAL LANGUAGE SKILLS (Cambridge University Press).

Pam has lived and worked for over 25 years in France where she established language schools, created and was editor-in-chief of several language magazines and developed a series of over 30 audio learning guides in three languages.

Her expertise in language acquisition and passion for cultural understanding inspired her to create Kolibri Languages and publish a series of practical guides to lifestyle, manners and language. These Learn French audio book guides highlight the importance of cultural awareness when learning a language and visiting another country.

Eating and Shopping in France - Readership

Suitable for French Beginners (A1 of the Common European Framework), French Advanced Beginners (A2), French Lower Intermediate Learners (B1), and French Upper Intermediate Learners (B2).

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  1. Ideal passport to the French lifestyle
    The author of this book is an experienced linguist who has lived and worked in France for over 25 years. Pam Bourgeois created Kolibri Languages and has published a series of practical guides to lifestyle, manners and language. This resource is a beautifully illustrated, practical guide to 'what to expect and what you should know when eating and shopping in France.' It is clearly laid out and offers, on each double page, up to date cultural and language tips as well as key words. It is divided into three sections covering eating out, traditional food shopping and places not to be missed.

    My adult students really enjoyed flicking through it and were attracted by its format. I used the section 'Le marché' in class and its idioms, tips and advanced useful phrases enabled me to differentiate effectively. The accompanying audio CD was well received by adult students in my beginners group who felt that it helped with their pronunciation.

    However this guide is really designed for students' personal use. It is ideal as a support for those preparing a trip to France or can be used by students independently. As such it is an excellent resource and would be an ideal Christmas present for a Francophile. This is the first book in the Kolibri Languages Practical Guides series and with its choice of themes it is an ideal passport to the French lifestyle.

    Languages Today, Issue 13, Spring 2013

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  2. A cleverly disguised French language textbook with CD
    Learning long lists of vocabulary and conjugating irregular verbs isn't the highest form of fun when studying French, even for even the most ardent Francophiles. However, there is a way to combine the challenging-but-necessary elements of language learning with the more pleasurable aspects of France. The new title Eating and Shopping in France (Kolibri Languages, £17.95) might sound like the latest guidebook to l'Hexagone, but it is in fact a cleverly disguised French language textbook with CD. As well as guiding users through comprehension exercises, pop quizzes and verb tests, this nifty helper includes hints on French culture (including the politest way to cut your fromage), alongside useful words and expressions, anecdotes and idioms.

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  3. This book captures the essential flavour of France
    This is a beautifully presented book that would make an ideal gift for any Francophile. The photographs are luscious, so from the moment you open this book you are immediately in France; in a coffee bar, a brasserie, a market or a posh restaurant. Even if you love good food and French culture, but don't speak a word of the language you will still enjoy the book because every chapter captures that essential flavour of France and is brimming with useful information and interesting cultural tips.

    If you are interested in improving your French, there are key words and phrases for every section as well as a CD to help you with the correct pronunciation.

    I would also love to see similar publications for other European countries and collect a whole series.

    Sue Kowzan, The Language Bureau

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  4. It will considerably enhance your understanding and your enjoyment of the social rituals of dining out in France, from the marrying of food and wine to the fixed structure of meals
    (From the Foreword to Eating and Shopping in France)

    My many years spent abroad as a French expatriate have taught me a thing or two. Firstly, learning about a new country, its culture, language and history is inseparable from experiencing its food, both regional and national. Secondly, this advice is never truer than for France, my home country, which boasts such an undeniable culture of culinary panache!
    “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es,” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are] wrote Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French judge, doctor, politician and… gourmand in 1826 in PHYSIOLOGIE DU GOÛT, still considered a bible of gastronomy. It was no surprise when, in 2010, UNESCO added “the gastronomic meal of the French” to the intangible cultural heritage list.

    With simple, clear and down-to-earth tips, this practical guide will help you navigate through the richness of French culinary tradition and the variety of food and drinks that are quintessentially French. It will considerably enhance your understanding and your enjoyment of the social rituals of dining out in France, from the marrying of food and wine to the fixed structure of meals, the rich flavors of the terroir and the subtle manner in which you can trick your waiter into giving you the table you want, yes, that one by the window!

    Preparing for a trip to France can be done in so many ways: studying French history, the political system, the economy (weeks of arduous reading), or by learning the language (years of study). This guide offers a crisp, well-written and amusing alternative which guarantees immediate gratification: eating your way through Parisian and regional foods as well as shopping for gifts and partaking in the traditional market scene, where famous farmers proudly display their artisan cheeses and their freshly picked produce.

    With a large sampling of useful French sentences, historical anecdotes, drôle French sayings and intelligent insights, Eating and Shopping in France is a welcome passport to the French lifestyle. Embark on a new way to enjoy France! Love it, love its food!

    Danièle Thomas Easton (from the Foreword to Eating and Shopping in France)
    Former Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington
    Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2007)
    CEO of France-Philadelphie, consultancy for Franco-American companies and cultural projects

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