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Easy French Reader Paperback – October 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0071428484 ISBN-10: 0071428488 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Easy Reader Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071428488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071428484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

This book is fun to read and I enjoy the questions after each short story.
Mary
Another must have that I recommend highly is Pronounce It Perfectly in French with Audio CDs (Pronounce It Perfectly CD Packages).
Patrick D. Goonan
The stories are easy to read and the review activities at the end of each chapter helps to reinforce vocabulary in a fun way.
silverfox

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on June 28, 2009
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The non-CD version of this book is quite popular in the non-CD version and similar in cost. The stories are interesting and it moves along quickly. However, the CD is a HUGE value add with native speakers. Be warned, however, that only two sections of the book are included on the CD. I wrote to the publisher about this and apparently they went to market without feeling a need to have ALL the sections recorded. I wasn't impressed with their answer, however, I'm still quite impressed with the book as an excellent, inexpensive French resource. The stories are memorable, they help you remember the vocabulary and there is just enough annotation, repetition, etc. If they get the third section recorded someday... I would give it a 5.0+ rating. (One caveat... you may not want to tackle this one without some help because it does move quickly. If you are up for a challenge, you will learn a lot and with a road map such as French Verbs & Essentials of Grammar, 2E (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series) the trip will be much easier and enjoyable. Another must have that I recommend highly is Pronounce It Perfectly in French with Audio CDs (Pronounce It Perfectly CD Packages).
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171 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Pat Rice on April 26, 2005
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I gave this book three stars,because it is not really for true beginners with zero background in the language. I have been studying the French language on and off for 3-4 years.It is an excellent book for someone like myself who has some background in the French language. It helps either to reinforce what you already know and helps to advance your grammer, reading, and comprehension skills.The stories are short and simple. Each story emphasizes on key words that are located in the margin of the page. There is a vocabulary section, simple crossword puzzles, and lessons after each story. It, also, has an answer key to check your answers.The book keeps everything short and sweet as not to bore or lose the learner.However, I feel that a true beginner may require supplemental material to help him/her understand some of the material in the book.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S. Horton on April 20, 2005
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I personally have about as much luck mastering languages as I would have trying to single-handedly launch a space shuttle. And I know that I'm not the only one, so, fortunately for those of us who are challenged, this little book exists.

I picked it up and was reading French. Better yet, I was understanding it. It really gets you into the language and then subtly challenges you to stretch your comprehension.

I would like a better grounding in grammar, but the fact that this book doesn't provide an intense explanation of grammar shouldn't count against it. That's simply not the purpose of the book.

If you want to learn to read French and feel like you're actually getting somewhere, get this book!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Francoise Troyat on December 5, 2007
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Being a native speaker , I always have trouble finding a reader for my students that is without mistakes...This is it! Not only is it fun because of the topics but it is 100% accurate...what a thrill!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By FRANCE2012 on June 16, 2012
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I am a French native from France and I teach French for a living for 14 years. I was looking for a book for a client and found this book. I clicked on "look inside" and the first few pages came up. In this book, the adverbs are placed the way people speak English, (example: "I speak English well"). In French, the adverb "well" (bien) would be placed before the word "English" (Such as: Je parle bien anglais). I saw a couple of mistakes like that. Also, there was another big mistake: there is a sentence that has an indefinite article and it should not have it (those are very very basic mistakes). That's 3 mistakes on 1.5 pages...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Misner on March 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has worked well in my effort to study French at home, without taking a class, with zero background knowledge. It is much more entertaining than memorizing vocabulary and studying grammar rules. The language is presented in context and the gradual progression seems to purposefully expose you to passages where you must use your brain to intuit meaning, just as you will in a real situation. I go to french.about.com for grammar explanations
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doc Dave on November 24, 2005
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It is really difficult to find good reading material for true beginners in French. This book is great in that it starts out at an extremely basic level, progressing from dialogues through famous people from French history, to stories from French literature. The material is progressively more challenging and interesting as you go along, but in my opinion the entire book is suitable for those in beginning French classes. There are some crossword puzzles here and there, and the stories have key words on the same page, along with translations. So while there is a good glossary in back, the on-page translations really help to keep you from constantly searching the back (or worse pulling out the French dictionary). There are also brief but useful grammar sections in the back of the book. I recommend this book as a supplement for anyone just starting out in French, as well as for those who have forgotten enough French that they really need to get back to the basics. Once you finish this, I'd recommend trying out any of the Petit Nicolas books for good reading...they are more challenging, but hilarious and well worth the effort involved.
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