https://www.duolingo.com/MCahalan

Looking for a book in French

Hello I'm looking for a decent book in French to purchase, probably off of amazon. If anyone could suggest some that would be great! maybe something more simple to start. I would prefer maybe a mystery or fantasy book but any suggestions will be considered!

December 29, 2016

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/NikkiMorali

I'm not sure your level. A couple years ago I got a book called "Histoires À Lire Le Soir" which is a collection of short stories that are very simple, short and easy to read. If you are looking for a bigger challenge you can always try reading books you know well in English, except in French. Like for me, I read all the Harry Potter books in French. Hope I helped!

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/r0ventura

I did the same with the Harry Potter Series!! I am reading it in the fifth language!!

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/orangekitty215

I also read Harry Potter in French. I first got it because it was the one book I knew better than any other. Now I have all of them and I've read them multiple times in French and I have to say the translation to French is very good! I learned most of my vocabulary from Harry Potter...

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wolyhats

I find Harry Potter particularly hard to understand/beyond my ability, however I am done Duolingo. Were you able to read Harry Potter just from what you've learned here?Maybe I need to review more

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/orangekitty215

I only just started with Duolingo yesterday so I could learn Italian. I took French in high school. Started reading Harry Potter the first day of French 2, so my skills were definitely not very good. Probably about 90% of that book was full of words that I didn't know, excluding articles and names. I didn't even know how any tenses worked other than present and aller+infinitive future. The first half of the first book was spent with me looking up every other word in my dictionary. After the first half, I didn't need the dictionary anymore. I realized when I got to the end of the series that reading in French didn't feel quite foreign anymore, and my high school French classes became even easier for me because I had already learned more complicated grammar rules from reading without even realizing that they were rules that I knew. But my point is, I doubt I had learned more in my French 1 class than you can learn here. I've looked at the lessons for French and it's mostly the same stuff I learned in that class. You can do it. The first half of the first book is the hardest.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NikkiMorali

Yeah it might be difficult to understand if all you did was Duolingo. I use other resources to learn as well, and also I have many friends in France who I talk with often which is very useful. So if I just used Duolingo, it would probably be beyond my level. You might want to start with something a little simpler until you are more confident in your abilities? And also even I didn't understand half of it when I started, I had to use context and a dictionary, and I had th English version right next to it. But if you keep going it gets a lot easier to read and you become more comfortable with it.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MCahalan

I tried looking for star wars books in French on amazon but they didn't seem to have any. anywhere else that's not out of country I could find these at? or is there a setting to order the book in the other language that I'm missing?

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/orangekitty215

I went to Amazon.fr and signed in with my regular Amazon account. I ordered most of my French books there. If you're shipping to the US, though, just make sure you buy lots of books at once because shipping is like $20. Even with shipping, though, I saved about $70 buying the Harry Potter series in French from Amazon.fr instead of Amazon.com. I'd try looking there for your Star Wars books.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/caribouak

I have the Barron's Visual Dictionary. It's really helpful!

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/r0ventura

I suggest you to read a book that you have already read in English, in that way you will know everything that is happening and understand the general context and new words will fall into place.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CoolStuffYT

Looks like you're level 10... I used to do French... maybe you could look at this link:

http://www.fluentu.com/french/blog/easy-read-french-books-french-learners/

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/_rxlinguist

LePetit Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupere. It's a classic and easy to follow as it's read in elementary school. Also see L'Alchimiste by Polo Coelho, also a classic.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Bassjay

It's online too!

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300771h.html

Great with google translate for Chrome if you get stuck, just enable highlight translate.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

Asterix? Tintin? It is easier to follow a first person dialogue than a narrative account. Plus there are some hidden depths in the language of Asterix (puns, etc.) you can discover as get more proficient.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dave503113

I suggest Le Petit Prince if you want something simpler

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/coolsader

OMG I love the play Phantom of the Opera and I know the book is in French, it is about this girl who has a phantom inside of her that gives her incredible talents. But if you have a soft spot for love, (like me) then you might cry at the end. (also like me)

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/tallytune

Not sure if this will help but I use this website https://www.bibliothequedesameriques.com/ It has all kinds of books you can borrow for free, like a library, and read on your computer/tablet/e-reader. It has a lot of kids books which are what I am starting out with but also plenty of adult books.

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheWhipBoy13

Look at my discussion

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SharnaPax

I would suggest Marcel Aymé, Les Contes du chat perché. They're children's stories, but for older children, so the language is very clear and straightforward but the stories themselves are complex enough to be interesting for adults.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/quynguyenvan

I have tintin. If anyone need, please send email to quynguyenvan@gmail.com. By the way, I see duolingo has a new feature is "group", but i dont know any group to join. Could someone invite me? Thank you.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086

Easy French Reader..........Joie de Lire...........any children's books, start with the really easy ones to help build up vocabulary. It take a long time to build up vocabulary from just reading in another language so don't expect to remember every word until you have read it a bunch of times...like kids do.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NikkiMorali

Another children's book that you might like is Ratus. There are a bunch of different stories combined together, all about the same green rat (there are multiple different books about Ratus.) This is one of the books I used after I finished the Duolingo tree so that I wouldn't start at such a high level.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Akianeart

I like the books that have English and French. I think they're called Learning Editions, but I find them extremely helpful if I come across a word I don't know or I'm confused on a section.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Seppl18

Bonjour MCahalan

Bonjour, Tu trouveras des livres pour jeunes et adultes sur ce site.

http://www.vousnousils.fr/ebooks-gratuits/oeuvres-plus-grands-auteurs-telecharger-gratuitement-ebooks

Bonne continuation et Bonne Année 2017

December 29, 2016
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