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Delightful French stories to painlessly learn a new language
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
Lingo Mastery continues to be a valuable resource to make French more accessible to a wider population. Following in the style of Volume 1, this new volume of 20 French short stories for beginners is full of new vocabulary and some entertaining as well as educating tales. In the Introductory Note the goal is stated well: ‘We are so happy and enthusiastic to provide you with 20 short stories that have been specifically designed for advanced beginners…This volume retains the same structure as the precedent one, for each chapter there is a story, a summary in both French and English, some French vocabulary sheets and their English equivalents as well as questions about the content story to ensure that you have properly understood them…Natural languages are rich, they are open and verbose, their form is partly the result of thousands of years of cultural and societal interactions, from the daily routines of peasants in the Middle Ages, to the rise of monarchies and empires and the ways that they have transformed the minds and the dialect of natives, indeed learning a language is about discovering a new way of perceiving the world’
What follows in this book are very well designed (excellent choices of font and making the new vocabulary stand out in bold) and the stories are entertaining while teaching a new language in an accessible manner. And so it proceeds with one of the more accessible adjuncts to mastering the French vocabulary in a manner that places words in context and thus – easy to remember!
The technique is solid and the lessons well taught. This is a very fine continued introduction to French, a book much needed at this time in our national status! Grady Harp, May 19