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French/English Parallel Text: La surprise (A1)

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(6 customer reviews)
A French/English Parallel Text

Élise and Julien are a happy young couple, despite the fact they live in different cities. To celebrate their anniversary, Élise decides to surprise Julien. But things don’t go the way she had planned…

  • .pdf e-book
  • original text in French / translation in English
  • 8 short chapters to read and study
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Delivery: you will receive an automatic email with a download link immediately after completing your order. The download link is valid for three downloads and expires after seven days (so save a copy of the .pdf!)

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A French/English Parallel Text

Élise and Julien are a happy young couple, despite the fact they live in different cities. To celebrate their anniversary, Élise decides to surprise Julien. But things don’t go the way she had planned…

  • .pdf e-book
  • original text in French / translation in English
  • 8 short chapters to read and study
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Delivery: you will receive an automatic email with a download link immediately after completing your order. The download link is valid for three downloads and expires after seven days (so save a copy of the .pdf!)

Parallel Texts – How To View The Chapters Side-By-Side!

Viewing the chapters of your parallel text ebook side by side (so as to compare the different languages) is not hard, but probably won’t happen automatically.

There are a few simple, free things you’ll need to do first.

The file is a .pdf so will open with whatever the default .pdf reader on your device is.

These can vary and will probably NOT show the chapters side-by-side, as intended.

For this reason, we recommend the free Adobe Reader, which is installed on many computers in any case.

If you don’t have it, download it here (though I’d suggest un-checking the ‘Optional Offers’…)

Once you have Adobe Reader installed, this is what you do:

  1. Download the file
  2. Don’t just click on it or it will open in a browser, which probably works differently
  3. Instead, view it in your device’s downloads file
  4. Open with Adobe Reader (right click on the file, choose ‘Open with’, select Adobe Reader)
  5. In Adobe Reader…
  6. Look in the menu (at the top) for ‘View’, then choose ‘Page display’
  7. Choose ‘two page view’ (for the parallel text) or ‘single page view’ for normal documents
  8. Use ‘View’ / ‘Read mode’ to make the text larger or smaller so that it fits your screen
  9. Use the ‘zoom’ and ‘page up/down’ buttons to navigate through the book

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.pdf ebook

6 reviews for French/English Parallel Text: La surprise (A1)

  1. John Holden (verified owner)

    I have read this story both in French and in Italian. It’s a pleasant and enjoyable story, if somewhat twee, with a simple narrative suitable for a beginner. I prefer to read the whole story through before looking at the English translation to get the “spirit” of the story; missing one or two words should not detract from the enjoyment of the story as much as spending time checking on their meanings, which can always be done later if necessary.

  2. David Concannon (verified owner)

    I used La Surprise in reverse, that is i am helping a french student with her english. I used the e book to encourage her to read and speak out loud, and then we went through any grammar or vocabulary points she had.

    A valuable resource.

  3. Val L (verified owner)

    Not having practiced my French in more than 10 years (at which time I was roughly at level B1, possibly a little higher, particularly in reading), I thought this would be a good indicator as to how much work I need to do to get back “up to speed” before I commence further study.

    It’s quite gratifying to know that, even if I can’t manage to write or speak in French, I can still understand written French! This text being at level A1 I was happy to find that I understood almost every word – there were only about 3 words in the entire story that I was unfamiliar with, but was able to guess approximately from the context!

    I tested myself by putting it into single-page mode and reading the entire page in French (aloud – though the least said about that, the better!) before then translating it myself into English and finally checking my translation against the given translation.

    A super resource regardless of how you use it; whether as part of a progression of texts for beginners to improve or as I did, as a test of how much I could remember after so long!

    The story itself is charming and uses language appropriate to the level, and having read and understood it, I can use it to test myself/practice various grammatical structures, so it will continue to be useful. Highly recommended. Many thanks!

  4. Angela Hawkins (verified owner)

    A very useful text for beginners and extremely useful for those who have great difficulty in understanding spoken French.

  5. Teresa

    I used this e-reader with my beginner French class. It was a great tool to have both the story and listening component. Students enjoyed listening and following along with the text. Can’t wait to try another one!

  6. Silvia Sa (verified owner)

    The story is plain, but effective for the aims of learning. It was very useful to have the English translation right next to the French text, because there were some words I didn’t know yet and I could easily find them through the line number. I would suggest it to the very beginners!

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