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One of the Best Bilingual Books Available
on 24 October 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.