Learn French with parallel texts: an original story in French with an accompanying English translation!
Monique is a good mother and an excellent grandmother… but an awful cook! When Amélie, Monique’s health-conscious daughter, has a domestic emergency, Monique is left to prepare lunch for her two grandchildren…
- .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
Peter Meiklejohn (verified owner) –
This is a simple, well-written humorous book that is excellent for anyone beginning to learn French. The story is presented entirely in the present tense. Parallel text, with French on the left-hand page and English on the right, makes it very easy for the readers to check their comprehension. A feature that I particularly like with this type of book is the facility to compare just how concepts are expressed in French. French is not another form of English, and it is very important to learn and understand just how it is said in French. Follow along with a dictionary and a simple grammar book, and I guarantee that you will learn a lot.
Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Peter!