Any book recommendations(French) to complement the DuoLingo lessons?
I want to start reading books in French to encourage my brain to start to "think" in French. I am not sure where to start. Any recommendations are welcome :)
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"Short stories in French" by Olly Richards is a great book for upper level beginners. He does a whole range of languages, I have the French, Spanish and Portuguese versions. There is a question section after each chapter to test yourself on whether you fully understood everything you just read.
Another useful resource is on YouTube, search for "bookbox Inc French". It has little children's stories.
For modern easy books, I like:
Amazon is a great idea too:
Amazon search terms: Guy de Maupassant free Amazon Kindle Edition French Edition: Guy de Maupassant.
The following are all in French:
To search Amazon for free books, choose a famous french author that has been deceased for more than 100 years and add "free Amazon book".
For example, I entered: "Guy de Maupassant free Amazon book" and got this list of books by Guy de Maupassant.
These are in English: His short story collections are great and easy to read. There are about twelve volumes. I was able to get this list by searching Amazon for: Guy de Maupassant original short stories free Amazon book.
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I learned French with translations of the Harry Potter books. It's great because the language gets progressively harder throughout the series, and there are audiobooks available too. It's a story I knew really well already, so you can pretty much guess unknown words from what you know the characters should be doing. Listening was really tough at first, but if you read at the same time it helps a lot!
You can read anything, even hard stuff right away if you just look up every word. I started reading Danish from the beginning like that. I would look up every single word, and write down what it was in English. After the first 4 chapters of Mormons Bog (the book I am reading), I could easily test out of the first set of skills on here. It does help if the story is familiar. Reading, transliterating, and translating are the bulk of my language learning. I just use duo to practice and review.
You can read anything, even hard stuff right away if you just look up every word
No you cannot. Without a grasp of grammar you won't be able to see how the words relate to each other. If just using a dictionary then you won't find inflected irregular verbs - and if you use GT what is the point? And idioms?
That's how you can learn idioms, grammar, inflections, etc. That's why I said you need a story that is familiar. Usually when I do this, I use things that are translated into both English and my target language so I can compare, but honestly, for me, it is by far a faster and more effective way to learn a language than anything else I have tried. I both translate individual words, and then phrases and between the two learn tons of vocabulary, syntax, idioms, etc. Try it. You might be surprised.
I have tried it. For me it is just an exercise in frustration (and in RL I am working through C1). It might work for languages that are very similar to English such as French or Spanish - but not for Hungarian. And incidentally, I often notice the translator has taken liberties with the translation. Often sentence by sentence does not match.
You could get the first couple of chapters for free and try it out? If it's too painful, come back to it after another couple of levels on Duo! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Potter-L%C3%A9cole-Sorciers-livres-French-ebook/dp/B0192CTN72
Thanks! Are there websites with large collections of stories like these?
I was just looking into Peppa Pig and I found their French YouTube channel for the cartoons. The subtitles are auto-generated but it's still incredibly helpful. If anybody wants to check it out it's called Peppa Pig Français.
These are free unabridged books: http://www.litteratureaudio.com/. Personally, I rather prefer children or teenager (depending on your level) books than books by levels, as the first are aimed to native speakers, while the second ones are so focused on grammar that the plot is completely murdered.
Hyplern on Amazon has French books transliterated into English so you can read in French and see a literal translation. They have really inexpensive Kindle versions of several French books and some paper backs.
I love "L'homme qui plantait des arbres" it's such a sweet and inspiring story about a man who planted an entire forest worth of trees.
There 's an animated version on youtube with subtitles in French so that you can practice reading and listening at the same time, and understand words you don't know by watching.
The Tintin books are a great way in to reading in French - you may know the plot already and the pics are there to help you out. (Warning: some of the ethical issues are not quite pc these days.) When I started senior French at high school, first up was Jean-Paul Sartre (existentialism/left wing realpolitik) a nightmare when getting to grips with reading in a foreign language. Several months later we "progressed" to (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Pagnol) "La Gloire de Mon Pere", an affectionate childhood memoir from the early 20C. A much easier read and very engaging. There are two companion volumes and films made back in the 90s. Authentically french, but not too demanding intellectually.