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Having studied the basics of French several years ago, I decided to revive my interest in the language by listening to French Short Stories for Beginners. Overall, this audiobook has been a very positive experience and has aided me greatly.
The main advantage I have found is that the audiobook keeps you interested. I’m sure there are many people out there like me, who have attempted to learn a language through traditional textbooks and other resources only to become bored, frustrated and lost. As the French language is primarily a hobby for me, I wanted something enjoyable yet worthwhile. I have found that this product has fit this role nicely as the stories are entertaining enough to keep you listening and develop your French skills at the same time. Furthering from this, I believe the role of stories has helped me memorize phrases and vocabulary. I find it easy to forget new words, however, the added context of a specific story has helped me to retain information.
The format of the book is as such. It is split up into various topics such as school, holidays, and hobbies. In each topic, a story segment is read out fully in French – allowing more advanced listeners to translate in their head. The story is then broken down line by line and read out in both French and English. This allows you to listen to small snippets whenever is convenient. In some chapters, I would recommend beginners to adjust the audio to a slower speed so that they can follow along better and attempt to translate some sections in their head before it is read out line by line.
Taken as a whole this audiobook has been a fantastic resource and I encourage both beginners and more advanced speakers to give this book a go as I am sure you will learn something new.
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
I liked the fact that the narrators speak slowly and sometimes repeat the words/phrases so you can fully understand them. I also liked that they use a simple but really commonly used vocabulary, having the proper French accent.
Now I feel more confident in my abilities to speak French, a language I always wanted to learn. I am currently a bit closer to my dream of going to France and only talk in French.
The stories are interesting because they are contemporary and the narrators talk about very common topics, which is a very good way to learn the most used words.
Overall, it’s a very efficient and easy way to start learning French. I can listen to it whenever I want: while cooking, driving, before going to bed, etc. It’s a game changer!
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
French: Short Stories for Beginners + Audio is an amazing book. I took French throughout high school but did not continue to practice after graduation. This was a wonderful refresher. I was not sure how easily I would be able to follow the stories after years without practice, but the style of this book was very easy to follow.
The book is separated into chapters that are anywhere from ten to twenty minutes long. This gives ample time to fit a chapter into anyone’s busy schedule. There are also various speeds that the book can be listened to. It can go as slow as 0.75x or as fast as 3x. This allows more advanced listeners to go through the chapters faster. It even offers a sleep timer to get some practice in before bed!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has taken French or who wants to learn French. It is very easy to follow and can fit into anyone’s daily schedule. It has definitely helped me sharpen up my French speaking skills.
46 of 46 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?
A very friendly material that helps to improve your vocabulary and the first listening steps
Who was your favorite character and why?
Fred because is very gentle and demonstrate good values
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I had been enrolled for french classes for a month. It was great but at the same time tiring because the school is quite far from my home. However, due to the importance a give to the french language for business and arts ( in this 21st Century you should handle at least 3 languages to be competitive) I decided to take some practice form other sources. (Additionally, I have my daughter enrolled in an international school where french is the main language. )
I was willing to practice some words and frases with my princess but is difficult to find something good online. I decided to do a search here in Amazon to see what can help me and I found this wonderful audiobook. Not only I practiced my french but I help my daughter with a wider vocabulary since I played the audio while we are at home.
The speakers are very good, the voices are clear and the stories are nice and very interesting. After every new word there is a translation to english so you can know what they are talking about. I would recommend this material to anyone who is willing to perfect the listening and also the speaking( you could repeat after the narrative ). Once you complete this book you start to improve your french language skill considerable. I have listened this book many times and the words and phrases are very solid in my mind.
37 of 37 people found this review helpful