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Short Stories in French for Beginners: Read for pleasure at your level, expand your vocabulary and learn French the fun way! (Foreign Language Graded Reader Series) Paperback – 29 June 2019
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- ASIN : 1473683432
- Publisher : John Murray Learning; Bilingual edition (29 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781473683433
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473683433
- Item Weight : 230 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 19.56 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Ritika katiyar on 16 April 2021
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Repetitions are used, but not in a way which would teach you the meaning, although if you want something drilled into you, you'll probably be satisfied. For instance, the narrator tells us that they arrive in the suburbs of the city, where there are lots of parks and they can have a barbecue, and one character then asks where they are and the main character says "We are in the suburbs of the city where there are...... " etc. you get the idea. Naturally I had to look quite a lot of that up in my dictionaries.
Finally, some of the stories are quite good, the first and last ones particularly, but you are also going to learn a lot of useless vocabulary about pirates and being invisible and time travel and a monstrous fierce beast and science fiction etc. And for learners, couldn't we be protected from the past historic? I know it's a French thing in stories, but we're mostly reading to learn conversational French and the Past historic most certainly is only used in writing.
My only minor issue is that the vocabulary section can be a bit... mixed. The occasional highlighted word or phrase is missing from the vocab, and the choice of words/phrases can be odd with some basic stuff included and some of the more unusual or difficult words not. Admittedly, no vocab section is going to be comprehensive and take into account the reader's background without turning the book into a huge dictionary.