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French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level Audiobook

French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level

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Publisher's 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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    Emma 04-09-17
    Emma 04-09-17
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    "Great Way To Dive Back Into French"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a quick crash course in French. I hadn't spoken French since taking it as a class in high school, so reading this was the perfect way to recall everything I had learned while also teaching me a lot more! One thing that I especially loved was that words that I learned earlier in the book were used frequently later, so I never forgot them and also learned how to use them in new ways and contexts. I think that this book is perfect for people getting back into the habit of speaking or learning French, as well as people who are complete beginners.


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

    I haven't read other books in French quite yet, but I have been studying on Duolingo. I like this more because I can hear and practice pronounciations a lot better than on Duolingo.


    Have you listened to any of Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I definitely will now! I really enjoyed listening to this book!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, but I was really moved by how much I had learned and improved over the time of reading the book. I didn't know I would relearn my French skills so quickly!


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love love love love this!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lourdes 03-25-17
    Lourdes 03-25-17
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    "I really enjoy this audiobook"
    If you could sum up French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level in three words, what would they be?

    Catching, diverse, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The final ones, because the author included vocabulary in English-French for those words and terms a little bit more complicated.


    Have you listened to any of Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I did not


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, for me it is a book to listen in parts


    Any additional comments?

    it has very entertaining stories with an excellent narration that manage to get you trap in each chapter. If you are not very familiar with this accent like me, first it will be a little complicated to understand but after listening to the first stories you begin to understand a little more because of the clear and paused way the narrators have to speak.<br/><br/>Something that I appreciate a lot is the presence of masculine and feminine voices in the narration that achieves the objective of accustoming the listener to the different tonalities of the language.<br/><br/>For a non-native english speaker can be a little difficult to understand the instructions at first and it is because the narrator presents a strong French accent. In conclusion I can recommend this audiobook to all people who want to start tuning their ear to this language, or anyone who enjoys good stories in this fantastic language.<br/>

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 03-23-17
    Andrea 03-23-17
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    "A fun and perfect way to improve french"
    Where does French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For me the stories are great, they really let people increase their level of french and try to improve what they've learned at the different french schools because, the narrator speak slow to let people listen to each word and pay attention to the pronunciation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Monsieur de Boite, he make me laugh and make me remember my uncle, I identfy a lot of characteristics and the narrator make me try to imagine the character.


    Which character – as performed by Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni – was your favorite?

    Frederic Bibard is perfect for me, his pronunciation is perfect and make me understand each word and understand the usare of the different expressions.


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

    It make me laugh but I think that is important to improve a little bit more on the characters, is important to be more expresive during the reading to make people get inside the story and imagine everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Both narrators are really good, they let people really understand and practice listening in French that is one of the most important things to comunicate with people.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick LeBeau 03-30-17
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    "Great book for brushing up French skills!"
    What made the experience of listening to French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level the most enjoyable?

    I took French in high school and college, but it's been about five years since I've had regular contact with the language. I was expecting to have difficulty really understanding anything, but for someone who has had contact with French before, this audiobook is a great refresher. I could see it being difficult to comprehend for someone who is entirely new to hearing French spoken. <br/><br/>I didn't realize how much I missed the language until listening to this book. I can see myself returning to it, especially when I'm on my commute and have time to brush up on listening skills, even as I continue to improve. It's a good way to keep your listening skills sharp when you don't live somewhere where French is spoken often.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have two favorite parts of this audiobook. First, the fact that it is an audiobook is amazing for someone like me, who had a lot of classroom time spent learning to spell words and read French, but not a ton of time dedicated to learning how to listen and understand the language. And the fact that with the audiobook, you can choose if you want to slow down or speed up the speaker's voice, is so convenient as your skill levels change. When I started I kept it at normal speed, but when I got towards the later chapters, I increased the speaker speed to challenge myself more. This is not something you get from a print book, or even from a CD.


    Which character – as performed by Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni – was your favorite?

    I appreciated the use of two narrators, one female and one male, to read the stories. It makes sure that you don't get used to just one way a certain person speaks the language. Obviously with more real world experience, you'll hear different people speak the language, but I thought it was useful to have two different narrators in one audiobook to start introducing the listener to different ways the language is spoken by different individuals. <br/><br/>I also really enjoyed Mariem Nouni's portion where she breaks down sentences and defines phrases or words in English after she reads the sentences. It helped slow me down and actually check that I was understanding things correctly. She puts an appropriate amount of pause between reading the sentence and switching to translating the sentence, so it doesn't get confusing as to what she's talking about.


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

    Neither, but I'm also not one to laugh/cry during a book, especially since I was brushing up my French skills and definitely more focused on comprehension than my own enjoyment :)


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-27-17
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    "Dabbling in French"
    Would you consider the audio edition of French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level to be better than the print version?

    If you struggle with listening to a French accent, I highly recommend this audio edition because I found that the more I listened, the easier it was for me to understand the accent and enjoying the stories made it all the better.


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

    The narrators speak slowly and clearly allowing for easy understanding of each story and allows for you to learn proper pronunciation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed how I was able to listen to it on the go with the Audible app on my smartphone. I am very busy and found this feature handy. Once you get listening, its hard to stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been fascinated with the French culture, but always too shy to take a French class. This book allowed me to explore the language on my own without the fear of having to speak in front of a class like in high school. Yikes! This book improved my language proficiency and I would recommend it to anyone looking to dive in or brush up on their French. <br/>

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    estall2409 Arkansas USA 06-11-17
    estall2409 Arkansas USA 06-11-17
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    "Perfect aid for French pronunciation!!"

    This book is a wonderful refresher for those who have studied French and for some reason has stopped studying like me! It is a great aid for practicing pronunciation especially because you can download the pdf file. The pdf file allows me to read along the audio book. Also the voice is so clear and it helps you say the words with the right accent which is very important in the French language. I really love that it is an audio book because I can just play it anytime, when I'm doing household chores or even out for a run or walk. This really is a must have for anybody who is learning the language!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lily 04-30-17
    Lily 04-30-17
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    "Highly recommend"

    What an incredible book of short stories for studying French. I am so impressed! I studied Spanish and Italian before and dabbled a little in the French. I needed to know some of it because I used to sing in a choir that had French songs part of their repertoire. I wish I would've came across this then because that would've been such a huge help!
    I got the audible version first and loved it! I can clean and cook and listen to it all at the same time. It definitely refreshed my memory and even words I didn't study I was able to pick up so easily because of the storyline. My favorite part is being able to listen to it on the go which it also helps you learn pronunciation better than just reading it yourself. I even showed this to my mom, who took French when she was in High school and she really liked it. She hasn't practiced it much after, but after listening to it for a while she started remembering phrases she learned and poems. How cool is my mom?
    Anyways, I got to give a huge thumbs up to this book because it makes it so easy to learn French and I thought I'm going to just give up. Definitely recommend people get it. It is so worth your time and your money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    charles 04-19-17
    charles 04-19-17
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    "Excellent book,I recommend it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level to be better than the print version?

    This book is a wonderful tool and certainly helps those who want to learn the French language. Their stories are fantastic, and the understanding of how words are spoken is great. This was a perfect brush up. I have learned new words, phrases, correct conjugation. The stories are read at a nice steady pace for a beginner like me. This book is a fun way to learn French efficiently


    What did you like best about this story?

    I also appreciate the repetition of words in order to reinforce, remember the different definitions


    What about Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s performance did you like?

    I learned new words, phrases, correct conjugation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, a book i want to listen to all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in learning French, this is the book for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 07-18-17
    Megan 07-18-17
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    "Great study tool! Would love sequels!"
    What did you love best about French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level?

    This book has been tremendously helpful in assisting me keep up with my French studies without the ability to immerse myself with other speakers. These stories are not too long, but also not as dry and dull as the boring paragraphs or fake letters in textbooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only are the short stories engaging, but the more advanced words are provided in a glossary after each paragraph to help with learning new phrases alongside utilizing the beginner's French already under my belt. The tip for beginners to read first, then listen, but for the intermediate French speaker to listen, and then check the reading for any comprehension errors, is a great way to get more use out of one study tool.


    Any additional comments?

    What made this book unique to me were the sample summaries provided for the stories. The intent seems to be for the reader to attempt to create their own summary, and see if they understood the short story as well as they believe. Will be using this book to brush up every now and again, would love more stories in a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-24-17
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    "very bad, not recommended"

    Very simple, boring stories. the type you'd find in French textbooks. I had to struggle through them just because they were so boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Patrick
    3/27/17
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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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Temi
    4/14/17
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deb
    4/24/17
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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"! <br/><br/>Overall, I would highly recommend this audio book if you are looking to sharpen up your vocabulary and spoken French. <br/><br/>It is fun to learn through stories! <br/><br/><br/>


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    4/27/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • londoner89
    5/20/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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