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Topic: Best Books for learning to read French

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Subject: Best Books for learning to read French
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 9:47 AM ET
Member Since: 3/26/2008
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I would like to learn enough French to read some novels in their original language, if I could pick up speaking that would be a bonus.  What are your keeper books that you couldn't part with or those that you found the most helpful.  Any help is appreicated.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 10:42 AM ET
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I would suggest Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It has a lot of illustrations, not a lot of text on each page, but is still a poignant story (not only for children.) I've also seen versions with the French printed alongside another language (it happened to be Korean, but perhaps you can find one with French/English)

Bonne chance!

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 3:25 PM ET
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I was a French major in college and have been speaking the language since I was in elementary school, but when my husband needed to learn enough for grad school, I did a lot of searching and ended up a with a book called (no kidding) French for Reading.  He thought it was fantastic and learned a LOT.

Bonne chance!