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French in Action 

This educational series teaches the French language and profiles cultural attributes. No attempt is made to use English in presenting skills and concepts.




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2008   Unknown  




Series cast summary:
Pierre J. Capretz 1 episode
Valérie Allain ...  Mireille 1 episode
Charles Mayer ...  Robert 1 episode
Virginie Contesse Virginie Contesse ...  Marie-Laure 1 episode
Jean-Claude Cotillard Jean-Claude Cotillard ...  L'homme en noir et le Mime 1 episode
Julie Arnold Julie Arnold ...  Cécile 1 episode
Patrice Bachelot Patrice Bachelot ...  Jean-Luc 1 episode
Geoffroy Boutan Geoffroy Boutan ...  Vendeur 1 episode
Philippe De Brugada Philippe De Brugada ...  Chauffeur de Camion 1 episode
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ...  Ousmane 1 episode
Philippe Casidanus Philippe Casidanus ...  Marionnettiste 1 episode
Antonio Cauchois Antonio Cauchois ...  Tonton Guillaume 1 episode
Colette Ripert ...  Tante Georgette 1 episode
Etienne Draber Etienne Draber ...  Vendeur 1 episode
Jean-François Delacour Jean-François Delacour ...  Le Maître d'Hôtel 1 episode
Marguerite Foulon Marguerite Foulon ...  Madame Courtois 1 episode
André Haber André Haber ...  Monsieur Courtois 1 episode
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ...  Ghislaine 1 episode
Jean-François Kopf Jean-François Kopf ...  Jean-Denis 1 episode
Chrystelle Labaude Chrystelle Labaude ...  Concierge 1 episode
Franck de la Personne Franck de la Personne ...  Hubert 1 episode
Bernard Larmande Bernard Larmande ...  Serveur 1 episode
Olivier Lebeau Olivier Lebeau ...  Serveur 1 episode
Riton Liebman Riton Liebman ...  Jean-Pierre Bourdon 1 episode
Serge Medot Serge Medot ...  Georges 1 episode
Michel Modo ...  Oncle Victor 1 episode
Amélie Pick Amélie Pick ...  Annick 1 episode
Dane Porret Dane Porret ...  Garçon de café 1 episode
Rosine Proust Rosine Proust ...  Madame Belleau 1 episode
François Rostain François Rostain ...  Vendeur 1 episode
Aurélie Serve Aurélie Serve ...  Yvonne 1 episode
Pascal Talleux Pascal Talleux ...  Loueur de Voitures 1 episode
Yves Thuillier Yves Thuillier ...  Jean-Michel 1 episode
Fabienne Tricottet Fabienne Tricottet ...  Colette 1 episode
Serge Vincent Serge Vincent ...  Monsieur Belleau 1 episode
Samuel Zaccharias Samuel Zaccharias ...  Le vieux professeur 1 episode


This educational series teaches the French language and profiles cultural attributes. No attempt is made to use English in presenting skills and concepts. Written by Anonymous

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Yale University Press





Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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(52 episodes)


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According to cast member Charles Mayer, the entire series was filmed in Paris during the summer of 1985. See more »

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This course's methodology is effective -- next best thing than immersion
14 October 2018 | by lohphatSee all my reviews

Not using English as a crutch is the entire point of the series -- there's a similar course for Spanish and German which forces the student to learn the language natively via observation and social context, not rote repetition of verb conjugations a vocabulary lists. This is exactly how children learn their native language -- it's effective as it's how our brain is wired. There's no point leaning via English as you then never internalize the language and speak haltingly as you compose in English then translate, then speak. Just speak natively.

I used this course when my company sent me to Paris without me knowing the language -- by 3 months I was functional and by 6 months I could function on the phone and in business meetings. After my 18 month stay in France, I attended French courses to continue by language training but the course was more "old-fashioned" and was more about memorizing grammar rules. Didn't like it much as French in Action.

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