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French Studies

An introduction to UMSL Libraries resources related to French studies.

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Online French dictionaries:

For print dictionaries: Visit Level 4 of Thomas Jefferson Library and look for PC2001-3761 (books on French language).

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For print grammars, readers, etc.: Visit Level 4 of Thomas Jefferson Library and look for PC2001-3761 (books on French language).
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A Student Grammar of French

A concise introduction to French grammar, designed specifically for English-speaking undergraduates. Keeping technical detail to a minimum, it explains the fundamentals of the grammar in accessible and simple terms and helps students to put their learning into practice through a range of exercises.

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Modern French Grammar

An innovative reference guide to French, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. Divided into two parts, Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs, and adjectives and Part B is organized around language functions and notions.


Provides intermediate-level students with the interpretive tools necessary for literary and cultural studies. There are interactions with a variety of texts and media, including short stories, poems, essays, images, and podcasts.

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A Short Course in Reading French

Exposes readers to a broad range of French texts from the humanities and social sciences, including writings by distinguished francophone authors from around the world. There is an answer key for translation exercises and for non-copyrighted translation passages available to professors and teachers who have assigned this title in a class.

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A Reference Grammar of French

A lively, wide-ranging and original handbook on the structure of the French language. Includes new information on register, pronunciation, gender, number, foreign words (Latin, Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian), adjectives and past participles used as nouns, texting, word order, frequency of occurrence of words, and usage with all geographical names.

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Essential French Grammar

Has easy-to-follow page design and interactive online features.