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  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Omilia Languages Ltd (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 0956721591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956721594
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JazzBoy on 24 Oct 2011
This bilingual version of the classic "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a nice way to improve your French.

Instead of most bilingual books out there, you get the French and English translation on the same page in vertical columns with the text arranged in such a way that it is easy to jump around from French to English and not lose your place. Longer paragraphs have lines under certain sentences so you have a clear point of reference, a great little feature.

The book comes with an mp3 CD with recordings in English and French and this is great to have as you read through the book, making sure you know the correct pronunciation of anything. The French reader's voice is very pleasant and clear as is the recording for the English translation. Having both recordings in French and English can be useful as you can also read the French while listening to the English recording which can be very useful.

It would be nice to have an appendix explaining some of the more odd turns of phrase to an anglophone's ear when reading in French and perhaps a glossary of uncommon words but that is just a minor niggle.

The format is so much better than normal bilingual books where the different languages texts have a page to themselves with usually little to no alignment. A lovely little book and the format is a winner. I look forward to future books in the same style.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Treacle on 26 Nov 2011
Le Petit Prince is a book I've been intending to read for some time. It's a children's book really, but has become recognised as a classic suitable for all ages due to the way it uses its young protagnist's encounters with adults to explore the absurdity of human behaviour, and society in general.

The book is intended to be used both ways -- for French-speaking learners of English and for English-speaking learners of French.

For the learner of English, I say "don't bother". The English translation is quite archaic and occassionally stilted, and is of little use as a model for the learner. The English recording on the MP3 CD is also quite strange, with the woman talking in a bizarre mixed-up accent that incorporates some UK-English sounds and some North American English sounds. The overall effect is that of listening to a foreign learner, even though the speaker is reportedly a native speaker of English.

The rest of this review focusses on the book as a tool for learners of French.

The layout used for this book is, as other reviewers have noted, quite unique among bilingual books. The text is laid out in two columns on each page, and the text has been manipulated to ensure that the relevant sentences appear as closely aligned as possible. At first this is a bit disorientating, as quite often the font becomes unusually narrow in the French, but once you've got used to it, it does help you to keep track of where you are. There are many parallel texts out there where a lot of time is lost in trying to find your place when switching between versions -- but this is definitely NOT a problem with this book.

Much of the charm of the original (and in the popular monolingual translations) was in its colourful illustration and layout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cain on 19 Oct 2011
First thoughts: the layout and design are fantastic. The presentation is much more elegant than other parallel texts I have.

I also appreciate the mp3's - they are much easier for me than a standard cd would be in this digital age.

I'll need to come back and revisit this review in a month or two, after I've had a chance to really dig in and use this book. So far, though, I'll give it five stars without reservation.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lehman on 19 Oct 2011
The Little Prince is a well-known and frequently used little book for students of foreign languages. This version is perfect for someone learning French (or a French speaker learning English). It is larger format than most paperback versions, and every page has two columns: French on the left and English on the right. Longer paragraphs have some sentences underlined in both languages to help the reader keep them lined up. It also has an accompanying CD, with mp3 files of the story in both French and English. Some people might prefer a regular audio CD, however, it would take several CD's to fit all of the audio, which would probably have driven the price up too much. For me, anyway, mp3 audio is convenient.

There are several ways to use a book like this when learning a foreign language. Some people like to work carefully through each chapter, making notes about vocabulary and grammar. This could work well, if you stick with it, but most of us would give up after a few chapters. It is better to work through it quicker, using the translation to help you understand. For example, you could read it first in your own language, while listening to the other language. Then read it in the foreign language while listening to your own language. By this time you should understand the text fairly well so, finally, read it in the foreign language while listening in foreign language.

However you use it, this is a useful and handy aid to your language study. However, if you can't manage using mp3's, that will be a problem for you.
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