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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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 01/09/2017
    Regina 01/09/2017
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    "there are a lot to learn from this audiobook!"
    Where does French Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best that I tried listening to


    Which character – as performed by Erik Bjork and Susana Larraz – was your favourite?

    They performed very well!


    Any additional comments?

    I am happy with this audiobook! looking forward to more Language academy audiobooks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 01/09/2017
    Joyce 01/09/2017
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    "Well done Language Academy!"
    If you could sum up French Short Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    perfect for beginners


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

    They are so good in narrating in French language that listeners could surely understand whether you are new to French language or not


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were times I got emotional with the stories because the narrator is so good! It was like I am living in that story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camille 31/08/2017
    Camille 31/08/2017
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    "I love it!"

    I am happy I tried listening to this French language stories! I learned new words and expressions that I wasn't aware of before. I is also a good entertainment since the stories are truly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 31/08/2017
    Patricia 31/08/2017
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    "Glad I tried this audiobook on French stories!"

    I am so happy with this audiobook because I enjoy listening to these short stories even though I am not that good in French yet. This audiobook makes understanding French easy and fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 21/08/2017
    Abby 21/08/2017
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    "easy way to learn French!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook to my friends who are also into French language.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was really good!


    Any additional comments?

    glad I bought this audiobook! It helped me since I learned a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice 21/08/2017
    Janice 21/08/2017
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    "Awesome French stories!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. it was actually recommended to me and since I was satisfied, I'd definitely recommend this too.


    What other book might you compare French Short Stories for Beginners to, and why?

    There are a lot of audiobooks that teaches languages, but this on is in a form of story telling which makes it more interesting to use than other audiobooks


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

    Superb! They're the perfect pair to narrate these French stories!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marinelli 21/08/2017
    Marinelli 21/08/2017
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    "Nicely done! I enjoyed the stories"
    If you could sum up French Short Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Fun exciting learning


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

    The 1st story is what I enjoyed most because can relate t o it!


    What does Erik Bjork and Susana Larraz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The emotions!


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

    yes there were some parts that got me emotional


    Any additional comments?

    satisfies with this!

    0 of 0 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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    Marian 21/08/2017
    Marian 21/08/2017
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    "Love the stories!"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    The stories that are narrated in French language are challenging for me since I am still studying this language. This is what makes it enjoyable for me.


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

    There are some parts from the stories that really got my attention. And they surely will move the readers.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laught every now and then! I enjoyed those funny stories more than the others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.


    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.


    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.

    6 of 6 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.


    5 of 5 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.

    4 of 4 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.


    4 of 4 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.


    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.
    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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