Easy French Reader w/CD-ROM: A Three-part Text for Beginning Students (Easy Reader Series) Paperback – 16 Jan 2009
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From the Back Cover
Learn how to read in French--starting right now!
The Easy Reader Series books are unique, easy-to-follow guides based on the premise that the best way to learn a language is to start reading it immediately! Whether you're a brand-new beginner or an advanced-beginning learner, the new editions of these popular titles give you ways to dive into the language with engaging readings that progress in difficulty to match your growing reading skills. This process will allow you to rapidly build comprehension and confidence as you enjoy the stories.
Easy French Reader begins with the adventures of two friends, an American and a Parisian, as they learn about their respective cultures. As you read about their experiences, you'll discover the nuances of language and culture right along with the students.
The next section contains a colorful history of France, from ancient Gaul to the present, offering biographical sketches of famous personalities including Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, and Napoleon. The final section features four abridged short stories by famous French authors that allow you to practice your grammar and vocabulary skills on authentic works of French literature.
- Progressive format makes it easy to quickly build comprehension
- Marginal word glossaries conveniently present new words and phrases
- Exercises challenge language comprehension and build reading skills
- Fully updated new editions, featuring expanded exercises and answer key
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13 January 2008
This is an excellent book for a beginner who wishes to go beyond the typical phrase book/audio materials. The way this book is written; the reader, even with a very basic knowledge in French, can understand, get the general idea and relate to the stories and facts presented. The sentences and phrases used in the book, particularly in the first sections (Julie and Marc in Paris), are constructed in an easy to understand manner. They, in a clever way, avoid the use of more complex grammatical features. Only a very basic French grammar would be required to read this book. The entertaining feature of the book combined with its straight forward sentence structure encourages the learner to read further and construct new knowledge and understanding in French.
18 January 2006
I wish this book was available when I was first learning French at school many years ago. It provides excellent consolidation for those with a basic knowledge of French, increasing vocabulary and expressions, without the additional complication of too many tenses. The questions at the end of each section (with example annswers at the back of the book) are well worth spending time on, as they really do help check correct understanding. My only criticism, and this is minor, is that I felt some additional "on page translations" would have been useful, but a decent dictionary rectifies this. The content, including an abbreviated review of French history makes it eminently readable
18 May 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is a great way to start learning French. The dialogues, for me at least, are hilarious and hughly enjoyable. I dont speak any French at all so this is my first book. It assumes some basic knowledge of French but thus far I have refrained from using a dictionary and I can understand practically all of it. You follow the lives of 2 American Students, 1 of whom speaks reasonabley well (the female) and the guy who hasnt a clue. This is only up to lesson 5 I think. The dialogues have key words annotated to the side and it is very cleary laid out. The CD is basically a copy of the book with all the dialogues in audio. There are questions after each dialogue bar a couple that are also in French - I think its impressive.
12 April 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I bought this to listen to rather than read. Still ploughing my way through . Easy enough as a read but listening and picking up language gradually builds up. If you want to learn language get the cd with it.
2 March 2011
I found this book to be really good. Once it was on my computer I found I logged on to it regularly, as it was on my desktop. It filled a gap, in that I understood the words, but wasn't always sure of the pronunciation. I would have given it five stars, but was so disappointed when I realised that only the first section, and part of the third were on the CD. I think this is something that is missing. When you try to learn a language on your own, or even re-learn something you learnt at school, you need the sound to copy the pronunciation.
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This is a great book, as it encourages learners to broaden their knowledge of French language and culture. Lends itself well to 1:1 tuition, as well as a classroom situation.
A first class book for a beginner ,or not such a beginner ,like me. The auther has avoided the usual method of learning Frence by not wasting the pupils time learning the...Read more
Fun, though I found it hard to work with, which says more about my level of French grammar than it does the book