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French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level

By: Frederic Bibard
Narrated by: Frederic Bibard,Mariem Nouni
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Summary

Improve your listening comprehension and make learning new vocabulary so much easier with seven French short stories.

By learning this way you will be able to:

  • Understand grammar concepts without the monotonous chore of memorizing rules
  • Grasp new vocabulary that you can immediately put to use in everyday conversations
  • Practice your listening skills with the stories narrated by a native French speaker

Familiarize yourself with spoken French.

Each story is recorded in three different ways:

  • A slow version to help beginners improve their pronunciation
  • A normal and natural speed for intermediate and advanced learners
  • A normal version with the English glossaries

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Frederic Bibard (P)2017 Frederic Bibard

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Nice and engaging stories to perfect your French

If you could sum up French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, Informative, Enjoyable

What other book might you compare French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level to, and why?

as far as I'm concerned, I don't know any book I would compare French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level

What does Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Frederic Bibard and Mariem Noumi brought the stories to life without altering the educational aspect of the book. A bit more expressions during the reading will make it perfect

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was funny at parts and the stories were quite enjoyable

Any additional comments?

This book covers a lot of everyday life situations with simple stories easy to understand. My French is quite good but I was interested in this book because I was looking for a book to recommend to some friends that are looking to perfect their French. And after listening to this book I can now recommend it as I believe it is exactly what they need.The narration was really good. Having a male and a female voice is a nice touch.I highly recommend the audio book

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Great and Helpful Book

The book concept is a very nice idea. The first 3 chapters (which are fully English) are very helpful though it is sometimes hard to tell the words that are being said because of the accent. The other chapters (which are mostly French) are read very nicely and clearly as well as at a fair speed. It is a very helpful audio book for people who want to teach themselves French at a higher level or enhance/improve on what they already know. It would be better if there was a little pause at the beginning of chapters so that, if you are continuously listening, you will know that you are on a new chapter. Also, the reader doing the vocabulary recap is very helpful as it is a repetition of certain words on their own and in sentences which are regularly used. Overall, this audiobook is very useful.

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Took me back to my GCSE French class!

Having studied French to GCSE level twelve years ago, I was intrigued to find out what I’d remember.

First off, when it comes to learning any language whether its Japanese or South Afrikaan, being able to listen and understand the language is just as, if not more important than verbal abilities. Thankfully, the short stories narrated b Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni are spoken slowly enough to grasp the topic and gain a sound understanding of the language; in terms of pronunciation and grammar.

I’d recommend this title to any French enthusiast with a basic knowledge of the language interested in strengthening their skills in the language.

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Engaging, well-structured and easy to learn from.

What did you like most about French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level?

I studied French (from beginner to intermediate) at an online university Scotland. Since everything was online, I never really had the chance to practice speaking. Moreover, the audio I learned from was always straight forward grammar lessons, so it was not very engaging. It had been a couple years since studying and my French had gotten pretty rusty, so I got "French Short Stories for Intermediate Level" to get back into it. This book has really added to my spoken French, lexical repertoire and understanding of grammar. I felt the structure was excellent, both how new phrases and words are covered after every story and how each story is narrated three times as different rates. I could then listen to the slow versions and read along with the narrator, which helped me obtain a grasp of speaking more fluidly. I could then go on to a different speed, which was exciting. What's also great is the variety of new phrases I learned from the book. They are very useful for everyday conversation; for example "Je n’irai pas jusqu’à dire que" and "Tant mieux alors"!

Overall, I would highly recommend this audio book if you are looking to sharpen up your vocabulary and spoken French.

It is fun to learn through stories!


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Great for bridging the gap!

This audiobook was really great for improving my French. As someone born in a different country to my parents, my French had been out of touch for a while. This was a good boost to my confidence and at strengthening the French I had already gleamed from family. The introduction was very clear in explaining the aims of the book and how to use it to get the best from it. The words of the book were read at a good pace and a clear accent. With a range of stories from Sixth Form schools to picnics and holidays integrated with vocabulary recaps - I would definitely recommend this book.

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Wonderful educational material!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge this book & audio have provided me with. As a French language beginner, I have found it is very easy to follow the story on the PDF because the narrators do not rush anywhere and they make sure they pronounce every word very clearly. The PDF has translations of some words after every paragraph which really helps with understanding because you can learn all the words as you go due to them being divided into smaller, more manageable chunks. All the narrators make sure their passion for the language translates through their voice which makes the audio exciting rather than monotonic. At the end of every story, you are given a sample summary of the story but the most important thing is that you get asked to write one yourself! I have found that writing a short summary greatly improves my learning & understanding of the French language.
Highly recommend!

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Amazing audio book.


Audio book is amazing and I will definitely recommend to all my working colleagues.French was my second language during my school days and I haven't concentrated much and I Just know the basics.During my last month trip to France I managed with basics but still struggled a lot in using the transport.After completing all the chapters my confidence has increased a lot and able to talk with my colleagues with out thinking for the next word.Audio is very clear and liked the way they translated in English. Chapters are very much interesting and helped me to improve a lot.I would suggest to pause in between so that It will be easy for the learners and no need to replay to listen again.

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Lucid and helpful

Great for those who already know rudimentary French and are trying to supplement their langauge skills; I have not learned French in a long time, but the clear pronunciation and expansive vocabulary of this audiobook was extremely helpful. Its format as a series of stories gives an element of entertainment for a child attempting to learn. The recording is very good and extremely helpful in terms of accent and enunciation, elements that are not available in non-audio texts.

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Wonderful way to learn and improve your French

I studied French at school for 4 years but I stopped listening or speaking French for many years. This book is a great way to get back on track with my learning process, the pronunciation is very clear and the narrator suggests different speeds and resources such as PDFs according to your level, you can listen to the book multiple times at a different speed once you feel confident.

I would recommend this book to those who already started learning French and need to improve the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, you will have no problem to understand the book using the glossary included in the PDF.

The book is divided in micro-stories that are 20-30mins long so you can listen to it without getting exhausted. It's very fun to learn through stories!

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Clear, concise and engaging

An interesting and different way to pick up a language, this audiobook gives clear instructions on how to make the most of the resources given. When listening to these short stories which revolve around useful situations i.e talking about holidays, moving homes and cooking, I tended to read the stories before listening to gather a basic understanding. The short stories are a great way to help pronunciation and I found it especially helpful to read along with the stories to aid my learning further.

The vocabulary recaps after each chapter are very helpful and could be used to memorise vocabulary if you enjoy learning this way also. Overall a more enjoyable to learn a language (which to me has always been a daunting task).

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