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Le Pendentif: Easy Short Stories with English Glossary (Easy French Reader Series for Beginners) (Volume 1) (French Edition) (French) Paperback – January 8, 2015
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Sylvie Lainé is a native French language trainer, writer and translator. She is a graduate of the University of Caen (France) in Applied Language Studies and Linguistics and a graduate of the University Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany) in Romance Philology. Over 15 years experience of providing language training to adults allow her to understand their difficulties and challenges. In february 2013 she created the "Easy French Reader Series for Beginners".
She wants to create carefully written and exciting stories to help her students escape grammar and exercise books. She wants her students to enjoy reading and learn the language without the feeling of overwhelm and frustration that they get from many French books. As she found nothing especially written for beginners on the Internet, she came up with the idea of writing stories herself.
She was born in Normandy and lives now in the south of France.
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Another student mentioned the books by Sylvie Lainé. I decided to buy the Kindle and the Audible versions. As recommended in the introduction, I listen to a few sentences, then read the Kindle version. By using two tabs in my browser, it's easy to flip back and forth between the two.
I just finished the first of the three stories in this book. Given the constraints of limited vocabulary and extreme simplicity of style, Ms. Lanié has done an excellent job of creating reading material suitable for advanced beginners. The plot and characters are not as finely drawn as they would be in a collection of stories for advanced readers, but I still got a clear sense of the main character's personality, and the story captures the atmosphere of a small town on the Normandy coast.
I've learned from this exercise that my reading skills are far ahead of my listening comprehension. Before continuing to the next story, I'm going to practice listening to it over and over. Then I will read it aloud, making sure I've learned the unfamiliar words.
After my daily break with this book, I can tolerate those tedious drills.
As useful as this book is, it is of course a book to get beyond and quickly. Consider it a gentle stepping stone towards more challenging and fulfilling French reading. A follow-up also exists: "L'homme à tête de cheval" by the same author. Not only that, an outpouring of easy French readers seem to have hit the market in the past year or so. So one doesn't need to look far for getting started with reading in French.
Je pense que ce livre est tres bon!