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French Short Stories for Beginners Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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. We know how difficult it may seem to learn a foreign language from scratch, let alone trying to put all that learning into practice. But what you might not realize is that it's fairly easy to fully incorporate the essentials of a language once you frame that learning into a certain context (for example, a short story). Short stories allow you to put what you've learned so far into practice, allowing you to expand your vocabulary quickly, make sense of ideas, understand new concepts, and overall get a better grasp of the French language. Short stories work because they eliminate the stress of forcing yourself to learn. Instead, when you listen to the captivating short stories we've prepared for you, you will learn French without even realizing you're learning it! Your goal is to simply focus on a single story at a time. The stories comprise multiple genres, including adventure, fantasy, mystery, romance, just to name a few. We wanted these stories to be fun, interesting, and appealing, motivating you to keep on listening to find out what happens next. That's the very best way to learn, don't you think?

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    Philip Watling 07/01/2017
    Philip Watling 07/01/2017
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    "Awful"
    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mara 21/08/2017
    Mara 21/08/2017
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    "Great work Language academy!"

    This is very useful! The stories are a must listen too to those s to who can speak or want to learn basic French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belle 25/07/2017
    Belle 25/07/2017
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    "French stories for beginners!"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the stories above all because it is challenging for me to understand which made me more eager to study this language more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes some of the stories are truly heart warming!. I love it!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mulan 25/07/2017
    Mulan 25/07/2017
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    "Love the stories!"

    If you love listening to stories and you want to learn a new language, this audiobook is for you. Through listening, you will learn. I find it more effective and fun so I can say this is worth trying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moana 25/07/2017
    Moana 25/07/2017
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    "Love the stories!"

    If you are quite familiar with French language, this audiobook is a must try. I am new to this language and this audiobook taught me so much withoiut even noticing it. I highly recommend this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 25/07/2017
    Anna 25/07/2017
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    "Recommended to those who has basic French knowledg"

    I highly recommend this to those who needs to practice French. Just by simply listening to the stories being narrated, you can master French language in no time! This is a good audiobook to try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Poca 25/07/2017
    Poca 25/07/2017
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    "Ths audiobook taught me how to speak French nicely"

    Well done! I highly recommend this audiobook to all Frenchu language beginners. It is a fun way to learn. I find it very useful and effective too. Will definitely rate this with perfect stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meri 24/07/2017
    Meri 24/07/2017
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    "At first I had hard time understanding this"

    The more you listen to the stories from this audiobook, the more you understand French! I highly recommend this audiobook to new French language learners. I had hard tim understanding at first but it was worth trying! perfect stars for this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cinderella 24/07/2017
    Cinderella 24/07/2017
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    "We were advised to use this in our class"

    French language is a fun language to learn. At first it is a bit tough especially on pronouncing these words but when you keep on practicing by listening to these stories, you'll definitely learn and enjoy learning too! I am happy I have this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belle 24/07/2017
    Belle 24/07/2017
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    "Well narrated French stories!"

    This audiobook effectively helps listeners enhance their way of speaking French language. There are a lot to like about this audiobook. It is a new way to learn a particular language and it was indeed a fun experience listening to these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Eric Zoom
    Itasca
    07/09/16
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    "For better vocabulary"
    Where does French Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    French vocabulary words are boldly listed for your convenience so there's no backtracking and each short story has a multiple choice test for you to complete to see how well your learning the material. The material is diverse for different situations so you'll cover more ground and never get bored.<br/>


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Maria Diem
    NY
    07/09/16
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    "Easy learning"
    What did you love best about French Short Stories for Beginners?

    The stories were interesting & easy to follow. I would recommend this audio to students who are at the intermediate level.<br/>


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    10/10/16
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    "This is an excellent source to learn the French"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to all because this is an effective and interesting way to learn the language through the stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Short Stories for Beginners?

    The 4th story is really interesting.


    What about Erik Bjork and Susana Larraz ’s performance did you like?

    Yes I like it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author has done a great job in this book that it can help the reader to improve the vocabulary while reading the interesting stories. I just love this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Koko Diem
    Miami
    10/09/16
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    "Nice easy learning"
    Where does French Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this audiobook thoroughly enjoyable and very, very useful to improve my French and actually to find a new stimulus to continue studying it. It's a good audio with great stories, well performed in both languages and I bought the kindle e-book too.<br/>


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rya Kaj
    LA
    07/09/16
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    "Nice audio lessons"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    If you have a basic understanding of French vocab and a little grammar, this book “tricks” you into learning by teaching you in nine stories.<br/>


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • AnonGuy
    17/12/16
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    "Some of it is too fast. It's for beginners, no?"

    The reader reads too fast. I have it set to 0.75x and some words are still does through so quickly I cannot possibly read along with it. "... de la même ..." ... 0.001 seconds. Impossible. Good material, but ignorantly read by the narrator. Also, so much "uh" sound in the reading, which I barely hear from native speakers. I cannot establish a good read g rhythm with that (reading along with the narrator to improve my intonation and pronunciation). Incredibly frustrating. Guess I need to look for another reader + audio book to use.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lola Doom
    Mongomery
    05/09/16
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    "Great learning"
    Would you listen to French Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

    The stories are great for learners and lovers of the French language. The narrator's pronunciation is very clear and precise.<br/>


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odry Zoom
    Atlanta
    07/09/16
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    "Tres bien"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The vocabulary used in the book is not too difficult and also very useful in all kinds of situations.<br/>The voice of the narrator is clear and understandable.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sondre
    16/03/17
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    "Read too fast"

    If this is targeted towards level A1 and A2 i dont get why they have to read to stories so fast. I work in France, and this book is read faster than most french people talk. I get why that is done in general story-telling, but this is supposed to be for educational purposes. Definately not level A1. I would say something between A2 and B1 (Which is not for people completely new to french).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Springfield, OR, United States
    13/03/17
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    "A bit simplistic but fun and cute."

    I had no problem understanding all of the stories. I have studied French a long time but wanted to refresh my oral comprehension prior to another visit to France in a few weeks. This book was good for that. The narrator spoke clearly and not too fast. His English wasn't perfect but that's not important. I would recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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