https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

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.

July 18, 2014

58 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

http://books.google.com/books/about/Practical_French_Course_in_Fifty_Lessons.html?id=OX0SAAAAIAAJ

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.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

To make it short:

[text](link)

[Here (or whatever text you would like)](http://books.google.com/books/about/Practical_French_Course_in_Fifty_Lessons.html?id=OX0SAAAAIAAJ)

which becomes...

Here (or whatever text you would like)

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

Thanks - very helpful.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kdampier

Thank you Coby ... I can't believe that I'm thaaaat academically challenge but don't seem to find where on the page to download ... halp?!?!

Update: got it!

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

I couldn't get it from his link either (that's why I posted the Archive.org one). It's mostly out of curiosity, but how did you do it?

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kdampier

Hi Bastou ... I didn't! I re-read your post and downloaded from your second link :) kind regards, le cap, afrique du sud

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

Add to my library button. It downloads as a pdf. I'm guessing you need a Google account?

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

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.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

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.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

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.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kdampier

Hi Coby I tried all kinds of variations incl signing in with google, adding to library etc. Eventually Bastou's 2nd link prevailed supreme! Its a big file 15Mb :)

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/oge48934

Hello Coby, pls help i was unable to download it too

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Merci beaucoup ! C'est magnifique et une bonne trouvaille. :)

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Josh5now

Merci pour le nouveau mot !

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Lequel?

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Josh5now

<une trouvaille>

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Well, de rien ! :)

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CLMekvold

It's so lovely that I can understand most of these conversations now.. :) And I concur, merci for the new word!

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SongbirdSandra

I love old books. Merci !
And Merci to BastouXII for that link. :-)

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

And here you can find various versions such as .pdf on the left. Priceless =) Thank you so much for sharing this book!

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

I'm sure you have plenty of lingots, so let me just say thanks for the link. I'm reading the PDF version and it is very helpful.

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

You're absolutely right ;-) Enjoy reading it!

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Fatima_tuz_Zehra

Merci beaucoup :)

November 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

Old books for free? This is one happy Moomin.

Thank you so much for posting. :)

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sockmonk

The only thing I worry about is that because it's an old book, it might end up teaching you archaic language. I know people in the 1900s in English definitely didn't talk the same way we do today.

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dcb1957

Yes that is true [up to a point] but it is also wonderfully sweet to read some of the old style English eg. page 102 where 'C'est toi' = 'It is thou'. A great demonstration of how language changes with time, and still a great resource for learning French.

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

I'm always dropping "it is thou" and "who art" in conversations.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/janetmaymiller

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.

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Coby_Hughes

Great I'm glad you liked it. I found it immediately readable and understandable. It really helped me. I tried a whole load of the new books (mostly as samples) and none worked as well as this.

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/chichichipsou

so right ... anyway the changes wouldn't be that much so it's more useful than u think ... :)

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

Here is a link to it to save you the search.

Thanks!

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).

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/verusverbum

Merci beaucoup

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MyriadThings

Is "slurring" not -technically- called a liaision?

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Great book. Gets right to the point in each of the lessons I've read so far.

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nakajimab5n

Thank you; I love this book. Some of the vocabulary is obviously outdated but the explanations for grammar rules are short, clear and memorable. I have bookmarked many pages and look forward to using the book going forward with my Duolingo tree.

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tsubakigirl

Merci for sharing! I've basically just started learning french but to me it's so hard that i just keep finding myself staring at the screen wondering what the heck it's supposed to mean. Maybe this will help! :)

August 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/heather4132

thank you for sharing. what a great find!

August 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/coolsader

merci!

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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I like the usage of "thou" for "tu"! Interesting book...thank you for posting this!

February 5, 2017

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    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!

    September 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/RichM.

    BiaPLC, I just gave you a Lingot because yours is the first link to this book that I could actually download! I don't have an e-Reader so all I could do was read in on-line, your link allowed me to D/L a PDF. Thanks.

    August 27, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Salas85

    Thanks a lot. I hope it's going to improve French more than a bit ;)

    July 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/gloestella

    Merci...I will download it now :) bon nuit

    July 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/corasan

    Thank you very much. That is a great book!

    July 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/AhmedRabea...

    I can't download it , help me please Is there any other link ?

    July 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

    Click this and there you have the links to download on the left side.

    July 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/aazarii

    thanks so much, i couldn't download it from other links above.

    July 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/JustinAndr795495

    I'm only a few pages in and I already love the way it's written. Merci!

    July 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/fullera

    Thank you! I will check it out asap! :)

    July 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/StorybookForest

    I have different issue, my speech sounds great but my french spelling is shoddy. Merci, la livre est une tres bon aide.

    July 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/miriamj47

    Thank you, it sounds to be of great help. I'll give it a go!

    July 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/miriamj47

    Just downloaded it and already I'm hooked! Thanks everybody for their input.

    July 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/AviAdventure

    Merci for sharing. I will definitely look into this.

    July 21, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Nhatph

    Merci!

    July 22, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/GringottsWB

    Merci pour l'information.

    July 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Mostafa_Sasan

    Thanks for your info. I have downloaded this buch and fount it very helpfull. Your post after 3 years could be also helpfull!

    May 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/GastonLT

    Hello! ├ža va, i would like to know if there's a page where i can download free french books for kindle! Merci!

    April 11, 2019
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