A French/English Parallel Text
Romain works as an electrician for the municipality in a small French city. He had dreamed of becoming an astronomer but is now happy to devote himself to his family and especially to his young son, Nicolas. Then one day, the boy asks his father why there are so few stars to be seen in the night sky…
- .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)
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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:
- Download the file
- Don’t just click on it or it will open in a browser, which probably works differently
- Instead, view it in your device’s downloads file
- Open with Adobe Reader (right click on the file, choose ‘Open with’, select Adobe Reader)
- In Adobe Reader…
- Look in the menu (at the top) for ‘View’, then choose ‘Page display’
- Choose ‘two page view’ (for the parallel text) or ‘single page view’ for normal documents
- Use ‘View’ / ‘Read mode’ to make the text larger or smaller so that it fits your screen
- Use the ‘zoom’ and ‘page up/down’ buttons to navigate through the book
Angela Hawkins (verified owner) –
I’m using this with a beginner’s French group and they are enjoying the story. There isn’t a vocabulary list at the end of each chapter and there aren’t any exercises as with previous books. I think I may have ordered the wrong edition.
“I think I may have ordered the wrong edition.”
Looks like it, Angela, yes. You ordered, received, and are reviewing this ‘parallel text’ ebook, which contains an Italian text and a line-by-line English translation. Given that there is a translation, what would be the point of a glossary?
Some of our stories, including this one, exist in both formats (‘easy reader’, ‘parallel text’) but they are, obviously, different. They’re intended for learners with different styles. It’s always a good idea to check out the free sample chapter before you buy, so as to be sure of what you’ll be getting!