- Publisher: national textbook co (1978)
- ASIN: B003005NJ0
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,085,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Easy French Reader a Three Part Text for Beginning Students Hardcover – 1978
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(1) Unlike other language programs which gives you set conversational pieces (which quickly becomes boring and too regimental), the stories in this book built on each other. Key phrases are repeated in different chapters to reinforce learning.
(2) the stories are memorable and fun to read. I've also found that in a very short time i've become very familiar with how phrases/sentences should be put together - something i had not experienced with other French learning materials. This teaching method is remarkably effective.
(3) Because the stories are so interesting, i want to read them over and over again. I would also recommend that you should read them aloud.
(4) Finally, it teaches you a lot about French culture and history. You will learn about all the important periods in French history, French kings, famous French authors and their works.
All in all, it is a very good book to supplement your French studies. Bonne chance, mes amis!!
What made this book so great was you're learning about French culture and history and literature through the language, so you're not just learning straight vocabulary. At the top of each section is a list of new words, and at the end are reading comprehension questions. In the beginning of the book, the lessons are extremely simple and geared toward the absolute beginner (the equivalent of things like: Christine is American. Charles is French. Christine has a little dog named Chou-Chou.).
As you progress, the sections become more involved, finally evolving from short skits involving fictional French and American students to short summaries about French history. Finally, you'll have actual short tales from French writers like Maupassant (whose "The Necklace" is still one of my favorite stories for its wicked humor). Through the progression of the textbook's three sections, the reading comprehension questions get progressively more advanced as well as the vocabulary.
All told, this is a great book for beginning to intermediate students. This book may be a little beneath advanced students, who would only find the last few stories to be at their level. In that case, I would recommend Wallace Fowlie's "French Stories/Contes francais" (a dual language book), which is a very nice compendium of Voltaire, Balzac, Gide and other great French writers and at a level appropriate for the advanced student.
It should be noted that, in addition to French history and culture, this book is about building up vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. That's it.Read more ›
But for those who want to practice/improve their French reading skills -- at both beginner and advanced levels -- this is a fun text.
The book is divided into 3 sections: Dialogues, Profiles in History, and Short Story Adaptions. The Dialogues are easy enough to understand that even someone just beginning French study will be able to use them. (For the more advanced, they function as a handy review). There is also a very brief Basic Grammar section at the end of the book, along with a vocabulary list of most of the French words used in the text.
Text difficulty increases as the book goes on, so you really can see where you've made progress. My only quibble is that no answers are provided for the quizzes following each chapter.
French newspapers and magazines are still a little too difficult for me -- I find this a fun, informative alternative.
One of the best NTC lnguage books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so much fun as I am learning French -- great little stories that hold your attention while you build vocabulary.Published 8 months ago by D. Stone
very satisfied with the product, price, service and timingPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I went through Pimsleur's French One (which helped develop my ear - HIGHLY recommend this as a starting point in your French journey) and moved on to a basic method book to learn a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by _scm_1
Indispensable for persons, who, like me, have to learn the basic parts of speech and the rudiments of grammar over and over, until they finally sink in, after years of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by I. M. Flaud
This book is great for someone new to the language. You will be actually reading french in the first lesson and understand it!Published 23 months ago by Yasmin
Three phased book includes easy reading dialog section, biographies of important French figures and some classical French literary works. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I like this book because it is perfect for the senior citizens I am teaching at a senior center. They have already had some exposure to French last year and this year so I decide... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by lovetodream
I am just starting out learning French. I thought this was going to be like a preschool reader. Cat, dog, bird with a picture. This book is not that. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Rick Thomas