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Ok, I really like the language and wanted to take it as an a-level but my college don't let us take 4 unless you're doing further maths or did phenomenally at GCSE. So, I've decided that i still really want to learn the language so i'm wondering if anyone knows any good books (preferably containing both grammar and vocab) to use! thank you
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Ok, I really like the language and wanted to take it as an a-level but my college don't let us take 4 unless you're doing further maths or did phenomenally at GCSE. So, I've decided that i still really want to learn the language so i'm wondering if anyone knows any good books (preferably containing both grammar and vocab) to use! thank you
A good place to start is Essential French Grammar for the Sixth Form and Beyond ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gram.../dp/095706120X ) which gives a thorough grounding of grammar. The exercises will develop your vocabulary as well although it is not specifically aimed at that.

For vocabulary development and general understanding of the language, there's nothing like sitting down with a short book and a good dictionary. What you do is religiously write down every single word you don't understand, with its translation - do this for the first 20 pages or so. By then the author will probably have used most of the words that (s)he is going to use in the book, and you can happily read on more confidently. You might like to start with an English book that you know, in French translation. Otherwise you could choose something fairly straightforward, like Le Petit Prince or Un Sac de Billes - not great literature as they are aimed at older children / teenagers but well-written and certainly accessible. Another good source of good quality easy-ish reading is the Tintin books - the illustrations help you understand quite a bit in the beginning.
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