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Thank you, Sylvie Lainé!
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
I have been using a popular free website to review and build on my extremely rusty high school French. I'm still very much a beginner, but I'm getting bored with the useless and bizarre random sentences presented in the practice drills. ("I drink when he eats." "She has a sock.") I needed more interesting material and some practice listening to spoken French. Material intended for French speakers is far too advanced for me right now.
Another student mentioned the books by Sylvie Lainé. I decided to buy the Kindle and the Audible versions. As recommended in the introduction, I listen to a few sentences, then read the Kindle version. By using two tabs in my browser, it's easy to flip back and forth between the two.
I just finished the first of the three stories in this book. Given the constraints of limited vocabulary and extreme simplicity of style, Ms. Lanié has done an excellent job of creating reading material suitable for advanced beginners. The plot and characters are not as finely drawn as they would be in a collection of stories for advanced readers, but I still got a clear sense of the main character's personality, and the story captures the atmosphere of a small town on the Normandy coast.
I've learned from this exercise that my reading skills are far ahead of my listening comprehension. Before continuing to the next story, I'm going to practice listening to it over and over. Then I will read it aloud, making sure I've learned the unfamiliar words.
After my daily break with this book, I can tolerate those tedious drills.