French Dictionary for Non-Native Speakers of French

After skimming (ok, actually reading, because I am that much of a nerd) through my new French dictionary that is designed for non-native speakers, I definitely recommend it for learners of French. It is entirely in French, but it uses simple language to explain the definitions so I think it could be useful for beginners too.  It is a joint publication by Le Robert and CLE International, available on amazon.com (through third party sellers) and amazon.fr:


Dictionnaire du Francais

The pronunciation guide is standard IPA and what is great is that there are pronunciations for conjugated forms of verbs, and not just in the present tense.  The only other book I’ve ever found that provides this is All French Verbs from A to Z by Larousse. I know not everyone knows the IPA, but if you’re serious about learning foreign languages and acquiring proper pronunciation, then it’s extremely helpful.

The most frequent words used in French are marked with an arrow and there are also 350 proper nouns included (with pronunciation, of course.) Throughout the dictionary, relevant false cognates are listed and there is an annex of the full lists in 14 languages at the end. Plural forms of nouns, placement of adjectives, prepositions following verbs, as well as the register (vulgar, informal, standard, formal, etc.) of the word are also included.  Finally, other annexes are sigles, or acronyms and abbreviations, and their pronunciation if they are pronounced as a word instead of letter by letter; geographical names in their original language and the French translation; sections on countries and nationalities, numbers and official time; French governmental institutions; a chronology of French history; and conjugation tables.

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  • http://www.lafauxvaisienne.blogspot.com/ Emily

    Thanks for posting the info about the dictionary! I think I may have to get this now :D
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..!!! =-.

  • http://www.lafauxvaisienne.blogspot.com Emily

    Thanks for posting the info about the dictionary! I think I may have to get this now :D
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..!!! =-.

  • http://jpack.me/ Justin

    Great new additions to my French language library! Thanks!
    .-= Justin´s last blog ..Paris Hôtel de Ville… =-.

  • http://jpack.me Justin

    Great new additions to my French language library! Thanks!
    .-= Justin´s last blog ..Paris Hôtel de Ville… =-.

  • http://sam.charrington.com/ Sam

    Merci pour votre blog et ce article. Connaissez-vous le dictionnaire “Le Robert Micro”? J’ai une copie et je l’aime, mais je me demande si Le Robert & Cle est mieux pour les apprenants?

  • http://sam.charrington.com Sam

    Merci pour votre blog et ce article. Connaissez-vous le dictionnaire “Le Robert Micro”? J’ai une copie et je l’aime, mais je me demande si Le Robert & Cle est mieux pour les apprenants?

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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