A Helpful and Free Book
So like a lot of people here I can read a book and newspapers but my oral skills leave a lot to be desired. Until now.
Back in 1908 a gentleman by the name of Raphael D'Amour wrote a booked called "Practical French Course in Fifty Lessons". Due to its age it is out of copyright and Google has rather kindly scanned in and it's available for free download. Simply search for it and voila!
I have also found it to be an indispensable reference guide (You can only imagine how long I struggled with "J'en ai")
Anyway to the oral skills. There are some very helpful chapters on when to drop sounds, when to carry and when to slur (yes it's technically called slurring - a few Gin and Tonic's may assist the slurring technique).
I hope that someone else will find it helpful.
This is the link to the downloadable version. Thanks BastouXII for posting the link. I didn't know how to make it short like you have.
I'm pleased to hear that you folks like the book.
To make it short:
[Here (or whatever text you would like)](http://books.google.com/books/about/Practical_French_Course_in_Fifty_Lessons.html?id=OX0SAAAAIAAJ)
Strangely enough, I thought it might be something like that, so I signed in, added it to my library and still nothing... It redirects me to the Canadian google site though (seems I can't force it to use the american (.com) one), I don't know if it has anything to do with my inability to download it though.
Maybe thanks to my efforts of raising the profile of an out of print book the servers have been overwhelmed? Joking of course. Have you tried using a proxy server? I use the free Hola plugin on Chrome. It also enables me to read French only content on a load of other sites. Pretty helpful.
Well, as I said, it's mostly out of curiosity as I can get it from that other link I posted, and I don't really need it as French is my first language. I already heard about "Hola" and planned to try it out soon, but I haven't got to it yet. When I finally install it I'll try to use it to download the book and keep you updated, if you're also curious about it.
I had the same worry but I just now read a few chapters and it's amazing. It makes French suddenly seem easy! It gives you tons of shortcuts and guidelines that let you learn huge chunks of French at once. I've read a few French textbooks but none of them compare to this one. It's excellent.
Here is a link to it to save you the search.
Edit : since my comment is much higher than MultiLinguAlex's, here's the link to the main page for the book, with links to downloadable versions in various e-reader formats, including PDF (to read on a PC, Mac or regular tablet or smartphone that doesn't support e-book formats).
Merci beaucoup! I've read just a few pages of it, and it is a great resource that you've found! I've already downloaded it!