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French Short Stories for Beginners
    9 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French and Expand Your Vocabulary While Having Fun
    
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        The Language Academy
    
    


    
    
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        Erik Bjork,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Susana Larraz
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    40 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • French Short Stories for Beginners

  • 9 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French and Expand Your Vocabulary While Having Fun
  • By: The Language Academy
  • Narrated by: Erik Bjork, Susana Larraz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Are you bored with the traditional methods people tell you to use to learn French? Are you bored with all those dusty grammar books that make everything look so hard? What if we told you there's a better, more enjoyable way to learn French and grow your vocabulary exponentially? Well, guess what? There is! The best way to learn French is by listening to short stories. The problem? You might feel like you don't know where to start. And that's exactly why we created this book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By Philip Watling on 07-01-17

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Would you try another book written by The Language Academy or narrated by Erik Bjork and Susana Larraz ?

Absolutely not.

Has French Short Stories for Beginners put you off other books in this genre?

Yes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Bjork and Susana Larraz ?

I have no idea, but I would have done better without the long and boring explanation. also, the narrators had zero emotion and practically no intonation. I was simply bored and put off. Being a linguist who also teaches languages, I am quite familiar with methodology, and this approach is widely used, but used incorrectly and poorly. Quite disappointing.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book is utterly useless and boring. Go for the natural method and save your money. Listen to real French.

Any additional comments?

Is it really necessary to go on for such a long time trying to explain why the presentation is what it is? As a linguist, I was quite annoyed by the presentation. It seemed more like this was a sales pitch than an explanation. after awhile, it became so redundant that I got so bored I did not even want to get to the stories.By the time we FINALLY got to the stories, they were told in such a boring and listless manner that I simply could not go on. Again... Listen to real French. The translation method is also old hat... There are too many other engaging approaches to learning language today... Sticking to translation is absurd. The introduction also says to compare English and French and study their similarities. Really? English is a GERMANIC language, and while there is some vocabulary which is similar, this is the encouragement of accidentally learning FALSE FRIENDS and also trying to compare conjugations with that of English, which are NOT the same. The structure of English is NOT the same as the structure of French - it is not even close. This statement is misleading and will lead to many issues and an inability to advance properly. If this book were presented with a methodology like ESA or the communicative approach, it would have been more on point. DO NOT make the mistake of comparing two languages with such huge structural differences. In fact, do not make the mistake of comparing ANY language to English when learning a second or even third language.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French: Word Power 101

  • Absolute Beginner French #33
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 56

The vocabulary words you'll find in Learn French - Word Power 101 were hand selected by our French language teachers as the top 101 most frequently used words in the French language. Hear the word to master the pronunciation. Then you'll see how the word is actually used in everyday speech with sample sentences and phrases. Learning French vocabulary has never been easier!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very random

  • By Philip Watling on 07-01-17

Very random

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

What would have made Learn French: Word Power 101 better?

A more focused and organised way of gaining knowledge in this language

What was most disappointing about Innovative Language Learning’s story?

The translation method is not preferred when such random information is given.The information offered is pretty useless when placed in context. The intonation is totally off, making the learner speak in a more aggressive manner, and in some cases, using question intonation for affirmative sentences.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The English was more powerful than the French with the translations, so you could not properly grasp the French.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and annoyance

Any additional comments?

I will not pay another pound for this rubbish. I am cancelling immediately.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful