https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

Free books

I have seen other people post individual books, and I don't know how many people know this, but there are a lot of books, in quite a few different languages, including readers, on www.gutenberg.org, all of which are free. There also quite a few translations; I have a couple Dickens in French from there.

February 24, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Firetrix

Thanks for sharing this. I recently came across a similar site for reading books in other languages: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

Gutenberg is primarily English, and I use it a lot for that too, but they have a fair number in other languages as well.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wowa269009

This is awesome! Thank you so much!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel589120

You should also visit archive.org, you will find that it has thousands of books in hundreds of languages including all sorts of out of print textbooks covering any number of topics. You might want to try search terms like; French Grammar, Colloquial French and Grammaire Française.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baleria836738

That's cool! I will check it out. Do they have children's books as well? I am not very far along in Spanish.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CostaDax

Thanks a lot, Mafatu! Great link. I appreciate you sharing this :)

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WinterSoldier.

Great link! Anything free is good! Although I didn't notice any Spanish books...oh well..

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie
February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oompawampa

You are an angel. Thank you.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mattoleriver

Amazon, too, offers many free ebooks in just about any language imaginable. If you do not have a Kindle Amazon offers free ereader apps to use on just about any tablet, laptop, cell phone, etc.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

Do you like history, or is Sherman just funny? Just curious

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mattoleriver

I do like history and I find Sherman to be particularly interesting. I don't find Sherman's image to be funny.

"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other." - William Tecumseh Sherman

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I like history too; I was just wondering, because sometimes people don't actually know what they are representing when referencing a historical character.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

OT: Does "Mafatu" mean something, other than "Stout Heart"?

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I haven't actually looked it up in a dictionary, but that is what the author says that it means in the book. I just took it because I was reading it when we bought my colt, and he would let us pet him, but his dam would not (truth be told, she was almost wild).

Lingot for recognizing the name

February 25, 2019

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[Continued from a prev. nested comment]

Here's a photo of the book, pasted here so that the Spanish will be more readable:

:)

February 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Cool! For a while when I was younger that was my very favorite book. And--strange coinidence--I bought a used copy of it in Spanish («Esto es coraje») recently, which arrived just today in the mail. The Spanish doesn't look difficult (good thing!), and it should be plenty of fun to read:

" . . . Quizá ese fue el principio. Mafatu, el muchacho al que su orgulloso padre había bautizado Corazón Valiente, tenía miedo del mar. ¿Qué clase de pescador podría llegar a ser? ¿Cómo dirigiría a los hombres en las batallas contra los guerreros de otras islas? El padre de Mafatu oía los cuchicheos y el hombre se volvía silencioso y torvo."

Had to get the mention of Stout Heart in. Thanks for the lingot!

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I haven't read it or even thought about the book much since I read it the first time (8 years ago). I probably should go back and read it again.....

Funny, before getting on Duolingo in December, no one in 8 years has recognized that name, or could even guess at what country it was from, but two people on Duolingo have recognized what book it is from.

What is even funnier, and not done intentionally, is that my mom's horse was named Sans Peur

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Funny . . .

We on Duolingo are so discerning! :) Or maybe it's a sign of our msspent youth.

What is even funnier . . .

That is funny! Let's hope the horse was Sans Reproche, too.

I probably should go back and read it again.....

Sound like a good idea. You could find a copy in Spanish. As I said, it is not difficult Spanish, if that is of concern. There are plenty of copies on ebay or abebooks. (It's not a large book, as you know, so don't be taken in by some of the high prices you may see. I spent less than $5 for my copy, w/ free shipping.) Some copies have the author's original illustrations, which are quite nice.

. . . I appended a page image from the book—to an earlier post of yours so it will be bigger on the screen.

February 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I’m not sure that “misspent” would be the right word. Maybe something more like, actually doing something halfway useful with your free time instead of comepletely wasting time doing what everyone else is doing. Anyone else agree?

March 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlivierJad1

Thank you so much for this information!

February 26, 2019
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