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Publisher's Summary

Brush up on your French, improve your reading and listening skills, and make learning new vocabulary so much easier with 15 fun and engaging French stories.

Reading and listening to short stories is an effective and enjoyable method to learning French.

For those of you who can't just slip away from life, travel to France and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Reading and listening to native-spoken French stories is the next best thing.

You have at your fingertips the written word AND an its accompanying PDF that allows you to:

  • Gain a greater vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1,500+ French words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.
  • Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken word by listening to a native French speaker.
  • Learn how to pronounce French words properly by comparing the written word to the audio recording.
  • Familiarize yourself with a wide range of grammar structures and put them to use today.
  • Avoid the monotonous task of memorizing grammar rules. How awesome is that?!

How will this book improve your French language skills:

Each story is recorded in two different ways:

A slow version helps beginners improve their pronunciation and a normal, natural speed for intermediate and advanced learners that trains your ears to understand what is being said.

A vocabulary recap at the end of each chapter allows you to review what you have read and listened to so you don't forget the essential words and expressions taught throughout the lesson.

All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations.

With this audiobook and accompanying PDF you can start improving your French today!

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

©2015 Frederic Bibard (P)2016 Frederic Bibard

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Great book for starters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It helps learning French through daily life topics.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cooking section. I love food and cooking. Now I can speak a bit of French while doing it.

Any additional comments?

I always want to learn French but never have the time, being a mom and working, but I do have time during my commute and workouts (yes, half an hour a week counts for working out!). This book works for me because it is about daily life topics, like cooking, hobbies, weather etc. It has short paragraph followed by a vocabulary list. I would pay attention to the vocabulary part and try to repeat the words along with the narrator. Often later on in the day I would encounter things related to the book and try to remember the French word for it. It feels easier to learn new words this way. Highly recommended.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Amazing and Flexible way to learn French quickly!!

What did you love best about Learn French with Stories for Beginners?

This is my first experience listening to an audio book in french language and i love it!! Learning french the traditional way of being in a class is not as effective as listening to it because, there is the problem of concentration and trying to keep up with the lesson of each class, but with this audio book- Learn French with Stories for beginners, i can go at my own pace, rewind, go between chapters.It allows great flexibility as i can learn french on the go, in the kitchen, in the car or anywhere because of the different listening options using phone, tablet, notepad or my personal computer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Learn French with Stories for Beginners?

I love the fact that there is a pause when the vocabulary are been repeated because it allows me to repeat the words to my self. It is also amazing that i can hear the correct pronunciation of the words in phrases and sentences and ultimately i can speak like a french native.

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

The patience of pronunciation, repetition and variety of stories

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

Yes!!! because i was learning and it was not boring.

Any additional comments?

This is also great for schoolchildren that have french subject in their coursework because it is easier to commit to memory, also it would be ideal for kids with reading disabilities like dyslexia or blindness.The stories are also educative and interesting.

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GREAT BOOK TO START LEARNING FRENCH

If you could sum up Learn French with Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

Very very useful

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

If i have a subject of French Language, maybe, yeah, i'll be listening to it for whole day or whole week maybe just to pass the subject. French is a good one. But, since i am a beginner. Its really hard for me

Any additional comments?

book was useful. I think it would make a great teacher than those lecturing about french. also, i think, its better to know how to write in French first before listening to this kind of audiobook. But,overall. It was good. Learning some french expressions and idions in an instant.

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Extremelly recomended

If you could sum up Learn French with Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

Great to learn

What other book might you compare Learn French with Stories for Beginners to and why?

With the "principito".. Great book too!

Which scene was your favorite?

I think that the cooking section. I love to cooki so i now also know french names for the food.

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

No actually, just enjoyed the learning.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this short read. I've being in french class for beginners but i was bad at them, then i actually start reading this book and listened it and helped me a lot!! This was perfect,. I learned new words, phrases, correct conjugation. I also appreciate the repetition of words to learn the definition.

Extremelly recomended!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great way to learn

Where does Learn French with Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It really helped me to learn more about the language. I have tried other routes of learning the language with little to no success. Just by listening to the first couple chapters so far I have found it to be a very effective way of learning French.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how easy it was to listen to and follow along. The best part was the fact that they said the English words and then told you them in French.

Which scene was your favorite?

Though it is centered around learning french so there really isn't a favorite scene per say the best chapter was 3 where I really felt like I began learning the most and gaining the most knowledge.

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

It moved me in chapter 3 because I could really feel myself learning along with it.

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Great book!

What did you love best about Learn French with Stories for Beginners?

The book is great for those who are starting to learn French, the content is very cool and helpful, it shows the most important words, it helped me a lot to train the vocabular as I'm starting to learn the language. Words are spoken slowly, making understanding easier!

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the shopping section. It's important for when I travel! =D

Any additional comments?

I will recommend this book to my friends who want to start learning French.

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I recommend this audio book to everyone

What made the experience of listening to Learn French with Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

I love how The author is descriptive, yet not overly detailed. It made
it easier to learn and understand.

What did you like best about this story?

I have been interested in learning french
but the courses were just to complexed and expensive,this book is the opposite

What about Frederic Bibard and Adam McVay ’s performance did you like?

the author maintained a vivid and fluent course, which kept me attentive
throughout the entire book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The easiest way to learn French

Any additional comments?

I only wished the author wrote a longer book, I
think anyone can learn something from this. I recommend this audio book to
everyone.

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Great help for the beginners learning French!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This method of learning is really something refreshing and enjoyable! The concept on which the stories are made keeps the attention and stories are by themselves interesting. Also, the vocabulary after the story gives you better and clear understanding of the phrases, through the repetition and English translation with enough time to repeat words in your head, so it easily brushed up my French knowledge, extended the vocabulary and usage of phrases and corrected conjugation for common, everyday vocabulary. This is definitely a recommendation to all the beginners out there!​

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Essential Book For Beginners!

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I've been meaning to find a book like this one for a while. Not only is it entertaining but also it is really helpful as ir allows you to learn listening skills, vocabulary, pronounciation, grammar and even a bit of French culture in a fun way.

What I liked the most was the fact that two different versions of each story are available: the slow-paced version which allows you to pay attention to the meaning and pronunciation of each word, as well as how sentences are constructed grammatically, and the normal-paced version is quite challenging for a beginner like me but it is helpful for developing listening skills.

I am an English teacher and I have discovered that what makes my students learn new grammar and vocabulary is a mixture of novelty and repetition, and this book has both. Years of brain studies have proved that novelty is essential when learning because the brain pays more attention to things that are new or unknown. In this book, both versions of the story require listeners to pay attention because they are narrated differently, so it's like you are listening to two stories instead of one. At the same time, nevertheless, there is repetition of the same words and structure, which I also find to be crucial when acquiring a foreign language. The glossaries also ensure that important words are repeated and this is helpful for acquiring them.

"Learn French With Stories For Beginners" is a creative and fun way to learn the language. It is well organized and the accompanying PDF document is helpful when you don't quite understand a word or you have doubts regarding spelling or sentence structure.

I think this book is fantastic and I would truly recommend it!!

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Easy and effective!

Would you consider the audio edition of Learn French with Stories for Beginners to be better than the print version?

If you are a fan of immersion teaching, like I am, you will surely find this book more insightful.

What did you like best about this story?

The covered themes are day to day situations, therefore very useful. I work in the tourism industry so the chapters about travelling can help me communicate better with tourists.

Which character – as performed by Frederic Bibard and Adam McVay – was your favorite?

I can share my opinion about the narrators: I liked Frederic Bibard a bit better. The English narrator talked louder than the French one so I had to adjust to that a little bit but it wasn’t a big problem

Any additional comments?

Tips: - set the glossary speed at 1.35 or 1.50
- after you listen to the story and glossary try listening to the story again. You will find out that you already understand almost everything!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-17

Innovative way of learning French

Would you consider the audio edition of Learn French with Stories for Beginners to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would highly recommend this audibook for anyone seeking to learn French. I found it a really innovative approach to learning French as I have never used an audiobook before but found the content really helpful in developing sentences and improving my pronunciation of words.

What did you like best about this story?

The short stories were fun and kept me engaged and the audibook was really easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

Really helpful for developing my conversational skills and easy to access via the mobile app which meant I could learn on the go.

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  • Boozyboy90
  • 02-22-17

Very helpful

I was really surprised with this book. As someone who studied French in school and gained only a basic knowledge of the language, I found through the use of stories that I understood them more than I first expected. The repetition of words allowed me to pick up on new words and build on my French. The best thing about this book is that it puts phrases into real dialogue and hearing it as an audio book is an added bonus and allowed me to hear correct pronunciations. I am so pleased with how much this is helping me to learn the French language.

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  • SINZIANA
  • 01-25-17

The Narrator is speaking beautiful French


There is a great method to learn usual words in French. The idea of 15 stories is wonderful because even if I am an advanced speaker or a beginner, I need to learn a couple of words that I don't use all the time, so many subject means more to learn.
I was already interested in speaking this language, because I am an advanced speaker, but even like that, I could listen to 2.5xspeed - it's very interesting like that.
There is also a great material for a course eventually. A teacher could easily listen the stories and provoke the students to listen, write, and translate. At the end they could listen the vocabulary in order to verify if they understood correctly. I love the pronouncing of Mr Frederic Bibard, it's very clear and correct, a beautiful French.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tikkerberg
  • 10-13-16

Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The idea is great, but the voices are all wrong. The French is read with muttering, very quiet monotonous French and the English part with a sharp and loud American English speaker who overpowers everything,
The story should be read like stories, not by reading a sentence after another without any change in voice. The emphasis in the vocabulary should be the frases and words in French, not in English.

Who was your favorite character and why?

None

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above

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  • Mr
  • 09-30-16

AVOID

The worst reading performance I've heard on any of the two dozen or so audiobooks I own.

The French speaker reads everything in a dull, halting monotone that makes it much harder to understand what's going on.

It's a bit like trying to read a giant wall of text without paragraphs or punctuation - after a while the brain just gives up.

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  • r. flynn
  • 05-13-17

turn the volume and treble down please

What would have made Learn French with Stories for Beginners better?

a better balance of volume between the two narrators and a better sound balance/recording very tinny with the shouty american accent

Has Learn French with Stories for Beginners put you off other books in this genre?

no but certainly off these narrators

What didn’t you like about Frederic Bibard and Adam McVay ’s performance?

the french speaker was monotonic and very boring, the american was shouty loud and very tinny, for my res it was virtually unlistenable after a few minutes,

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-18

Different sound levels

The problem with this is that the two people are speaking at different sound levels. If I turn it up to hear the French speaker I'm deafened by the English speaker. I'm glad I didn't pay £25 for this. I would be very unhappy

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  • C. Hewitt
  • 04-25-18

Not as useful as I'd hoped.

What would have made Learn French with Stories for Beginners better?

The translations are poor and there are a lot of recording mistakes - The french narrator will say a word followed by the English translation followed by the original french word again - however sometimes (too frequently) the incorrect English word is given, or the same English word is repeated 3 times for 3 different french words. This is just sloppy recording and not what you would expect from a book on Audible.

Has Learn French with Stories for Beginners put you off other books in this genre?

Yes, I bought 3 but I have returned 2 due to narration mistakes and poor translations.

The English translations are provided in a loud and highly irritating north american accent which fails to go into any detail.

For example je sais and je connais both mean "I know" in English but they are used differently depending on whether you're talking about something you know or a person you know, this book will fail to explain anything like that and you will just hear "I KNOW" at 150 decibels regardless of which word was used, how hard is it to say "To know (something)" or "To know (someone)"?

Would you be willing to try another one of Frederic Bibard and Adam McVay ’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Learn French with Stories for Beginners?

I would cut Adam McVay completely, He'd be better off trying his hand at Cillit bang adverts in North America

Any additional comments?

I could understand the main gist of the stories, but to be honest when you're used to listening to the likes of Ken Follet, the stories are just too simple and get boring quickly even when you're straining to understand all of the French.

I've kept one book just to supplement my French learning but I think i'll stick with podcasts on Itunes as I think they're more useful.

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  • charmor
  • 09-03-17

Too slow

I found this recording too slow and laborious to listen to . I do not like the american accent and the responses are far too long. I would not recommend this version as other versions by Frederic Bibard are better.

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  • RF Burns
  • 08-09-17

Harsh loud American, soft timid French

Did not finish, hard to get volume levels at right level . American overpowers French