Learn French with parallel texts: an original story in French with an accompanying English translation!
A student has her purse stolen on a crowded bus. It contains little of value, except a photograph which is precious to her…
- .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)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?
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
Kevin Wright –
The French narration is clear and not garbled or hurried. The level of difficulty of the text is about right for this level , with a good sprinkling of new words and expressions. It might have been even better if some of these interesting expressions had been included in the glossary in each chapter. For example in Chapter two the expression ‘qui s’eloigne’ would have been better explained instead of the term ‘périphérie’ that was included in the glossary. Likewise in Chapter one, the expression ‘les uns collés aux autres’ would have been better explained rather than the term ‘magasin’ which was included in the glossary. However, all in all, a very useful text and narration. It’s such a pity that the text and narration are not integrated as in a Kindle book, where the narration highlights the text as it is spoken. Nonetheless, it is a very useful learning tool.
Peter Meiklejohn (verified owner) –
Le Jongleur is a simple story of human kindness. However, it has a twist. The story is set in Paris, and the reader is taken to quite few familiar scenes as the story unfolds. The level of text is quite appropriate for beginning students in French. The best way to learn is to focus on the French story, using your grammar book and dictionary to help along the way. The French-English comparison is, as always, an extra bonus to teach us how to express it all in modern French. I found it quite enjoyable.