La Bibliothèque française
Welcome to the French Book Club “La Bibliothèque française”!
Reading is a useful supplement while learning a language. It makes learning fun and also interactive.
Many languages on Duolingo have book clubs dedicated for learning a language. French also had a book club, many the past that helped readers improve their French.
I would like it to continue with the new club I’ve made with Sheri2002 and CarlosQuin342077 after the previous club had been closed.
A club is said to be interactive and also productive. Keeping these requirements in mind, we have created a club, both productive and interactive.
I was never open to communicate in French. I never did, really. And I always had my excuses ready- I don’t have a French Keyboard, text without accents will make French wrong; I am not an advanced learner, so please... let’s converse in English. Oh, well! It’s time to get rid of excuses and get to work.
Features of the Book Club
- Will have books for different levels- Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
- A discussion session after every book club session.
- Different books different levels and sessions. - Special activities to open-up in French.
- Guides for reading!
- You will be able to bring reading alive!
Sorry folks, but some features will remain a secret until the club begins! :)
You will also earn little rewards, as motivation to continue your journey in French! ^_^
To be a member of this exclusive club, you need to:
-Learn French (from English) and attain a minimum level 3. (English is the base language so, EN>FR is the preferred course.)
-Complete the first four French skills (You need to learn to read... :))(Oh, please share a screenshot if possible. :))
-Be highly enthusiastic to learn French.
Registering to this club is simple. All you need to do is to mention that you want to join this club, with a reason stating why (Preferred: French, English is fine :) ), mention that you have matched all requirements in the comments below.
-The club begins on the 3rd of October, 2016. (03/10/2016)
-There is no last date for registration, so, you are not late! :)
- Please check for updates in this post on the 3rd October at 5p.m. IST (=11.30 a.m. GMT).
Sheri2002, Anneysha7, CarlosQuin342077, DreamingOdelia, wildfood, Marta_1405, musicari, QElshawa, boycottlove, LanguageButcher, lmenus, blcoakley, jen827012, Gerardd88, srichards2016, jack3672, Sofia_Williams, blUE_BaSkEt_GirL, khaledali1994, kjdangol, out_of_bound, saglambaris, Commeunefemme., KayCarol
If have questions regarding this club, please ask them in the comments. But, please, if you are joining this club, ask the question with your registration form.
Suggestions are Welcome! :) Please suggest books if you know some with a link to that book. One condition, though, you need to fit everything in a single comment.
Thank you! :)
Another possibility would be to read theatrical plays. What's so special about them? Dialogue. I think this is the main weakness of Duolingo. Of course, the play would have to be relatively modern (we are not going to read Racine or Molière just yet ;-)
My goodness, Anneyshau7. You have done a superb job.
I'm in without any question.
My suggestion was going to be to read books that have PDF versions online. One that will be suggested soon is the The Petit Prince. I don't mind reading it again just to participate in the discussion.
Question: How do we decide on a particular book? Voting? Do we assign a chapter a week? or something like that?
Thank you so much! :) Thank you for the link! :) Lingots for you. :)
I have a list of books we can read, plus ones that are suggested in this forum. I will include a sweet of books (2-3) every week and readers have the choice to read their favourite. I am determined to keep this running for a long time, soi am sure all the books will be covered. :) I am planning to begin with the suggested books first, so that the favourites are read first. :)
Merci pour cette occasion! Je l'aime. Pourrais-je m’inscrire?
Side note: I don't know how to post a picture but I have a 403 French and Spanish streak, I'm on level fourteen in French, and I have 1010 lingots (I've done a lot of skills) If you'll take my word for it I'm on French passe compose 1.
I know you know :-) It was my way of saying: That requirement can be easily verified the second you say "I want in"
Bibliothèque des Amériques has French books on different reading levels available online and free. They can be read in your browser or downloaded to phones and tablets if you have Adobe Digital Editions software installed on your computer (available free from the Adobe website). Click the Jeunesse - albums et romans link at the bottom of the page to see the largest selection of books.
I am a beginner. A real beginner to both French and Duolingo. I joined Duolingo to learn french 4 days ago. It would be great if I can join the book club. In terms of the requirements, I completed the first 4 skills, but I am not sure how to share it.
On a side note, if anyone needs help in Arabic, I am a native, I would be more than happy to help.
I've been learning French for a while (not on Duolingo) but I've never really read any book in the language. I think this might be a great idea and I'd like to join. Thank you for that :) Oh, and you can definitely count me as highly enthusiastic :D
salut! je suis un etudiant (pas d'accents dans mon clavier americain!) dans mon lycee ET j'ai utiliser Duolingo pour environ...deux ans? trois? j'aimerais etre dans cette bibliotheque parce que j'adore la literature francais. l'annee derniere, j'ai lu notre-dame de paris avec mon cours de francais, et je l'ai adore! je veux lire les livres comme le petit prince, la belle et la bete (l'original!) et beacoup plus. j'ai fini le cours de francais dans Duolingo, mais je voudrais en savoir plus. merci, et bonne idee!
Thank you for this once again. I hope the idea works out and a lot of people will take part. I'll do my best to be able to help. I have a few questions/doubts/suggestions:
I'm not sure how exactly it's going to work. I won't manage to read one of the books within this time (less than a month). Even if it's appropriate for my level, it's still in French. A lot of people may have much less time and this may discourage them and eventually only max 2-3 people will post anything. What if someone has less time but still wants to participate, only the session with the book they've been reading is over?
Should we post our thoughts under the session's post? What if it was possible to write about the book in a separate post if someone wants to? (you could mention the two alternatives in the sessions' posts) This kind of posts certainly won't spam the discussion section in any way. We could begin the post mentioning that it is connected with the club and linking the club's page or maybe give them names like "La Bibliothèque française: Le Petit Prince" or something like that (it could attract even more people) and then write a comment in the session's page telling others from the club we've finished the book and giving the link to the post with our thoughts. It would make the sessions' pages clear (especially from very long comments). Of course if a few sentences is just enough for someone, it's fine. Everyone would be able to choose the option they like.
For me, if I read a long book like "Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingts Jours", I'll most likely want to write a bit more about it than 2 sentences in a dead thread where no one will see it. This make you feel that the time you've spent on that was valuable. It's also a great occasion to write more in French if one wants (if it's in a post in the French discussion forum, it's much more likely that we'll get more corrections from Francophones than we would if we posted in the comments).
This would also solve the problem with time because if someone reads the book after the session ends (no matter if it's 1 week or 1 month after the deadline, or if someone has just joined the club and is passionately catching up), they would still be able to write a post about it and feel that they had not wasted their time. Once again, the comments under the session could still be open for thoughts so the two ideas could be merged.
New titles and sessions could still appear as frequently as you wish but the system would be more flexible.
I hope the length of this comment isn't scary enough to give up reading it (Of course it is. I hope you've read it though :D). Please don't take anything I've written here very seriously, these are just loose sugestions. You don't have to point out any mistakes in terrible ideas, just use one or two of them if you like them or simply throw them all away. You've organised it in a great way. I just really liked your idea for the club (I feel like I've used the word idea too many times) and I'd like to see this club working for as long as possible. My goal was only to help you with some things I thought about looking at it from outside. I hope I could be of any help. Good luck with the club and with your languages :)
PS Getting down to Le Petit Prince in several days. I really wanted to try Verne but I think it will be better to start with the easier one.
Thank you so very much. Merci beaucoup! :) I am glad that you have written to me to help me improve. I love all your suggestions and will implement them as soon as possible. :)
The time factor was a problem for me, as well. Reading is a process which depends on the reader and their interests. The time required to read books depends on the level of fluency and how interested a reader is. For example, a highly enthusiastic reader will be able to devote two to three hours of their time reading each day resulting to several pages being read. There might be some readers who spend a lot of time, but they are beginners to the foreign language and spend more time reading and learning vocabulary. There might be some readers who are new to reading and will take more time to read some pages to suit their time and interests. Some might not have a lot of time to read. I understand that one month is a little too less, but I wanted to try out how it goes for the first session. The way I must pace my next sessions. Should they be one month or two months long or more.
I tried separating levels according to the length of the books, too many ideas, so I need to try them all out. The books that are short are for beginners and the longer ones for intermediate. I am well aware that this might not work out well.
The other idea of yours...was simply amazing. :) Of course, I would like my text to be corrected and so would the others want. It is a little late to make changes in this post right now, but I will get to work as time passes :) Surely, I will try to have this idea implemented by the end of this session.
Your message might have been long, but it was very helpful and detailed. Great for me as I was looking for suggestions. :)
Thank you for your genius idea and have a few lingots.. :)
Hi! I'd like to join please! This is so that French can become my second language. Not for any particular reason, I just really enjoy learning and speaking it. Hopefully that shows how enthusiastic I am :D I have finished the first four skills, if you need a screenshot I will give one. :)
Salut, possiblement je pourrais être intéressé à joindre ce groupe mais je ne sais pas si je vais avoir assez de temps pour participer!
Je veux joindre parce que je veux améliorer mon français et lire bon livres.
Merci pour ce faire!
Salut! I am new to Duolingo in order to remember how to speak French. I studied French in both high school and college but I've forgotten so much over the years. I would absolutely love to be a part of this club as I progress through Duolingo. :-) Merci beaucoup!
Bonjour à tous ! Je voudrais devenir un membre de ce groupe. J'adore la langue française, et je veux ameliorer mes compétences. Ce club est une bonne idée !
Hi Anneysha7, I'm always looking for a French book to read at a suitable level. Not too simple, but not so difficult that I get bored looking up too many words. It sounds like you have started a really good service.