9 books and novels to learn French with stories

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Beside taking French lessons by yourself or with a teacher, reading and listening to stories is a very nice way to improve and enjoy the French learning while having a relax time. You can give the same importance to lessons and to reading. It increases your lexicon so you will be able to hold conversations with native speakers.

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Short Stories in French : Read for pleasure at your level, learn French the fun way! (Foreign Language Graded Reader Series)

It contains eight stories, the levels are from A2 to B1 of the common european framework of reference. These are stories of science fiction, fantasy, crime, history, thriller. All these stories are short, interesting, they are not boring. They have short chapters, from 2 to 4 pages long, so it is makes you feel that you want to read it, you know that you are not going to stop before the end of the text, which is more enjoyable. You are going to learn a lot of common words (around 1000 words), you are going to study with dialogues to get more conversational skills and get better  at peaking the French language. You are going to learn as well the French grammar rules and the structures of the sentences. If you are having fun when you are learning a foreign language, if you are enjoying reading in your target language you will not be frustrated. In these stories you are going to find a list of the bold words that are in the text, summaries, a list of words in the French language and in the English language, some questions at the end of each chapter to see if you understood the chapter, a test. These are funny stories. While reading them you are going to know better how to use the tenses and gender. There are activities at the end of every chapter to get a better understanding of the texts. The level of language is not the one as in the children’s books, but you can still learn and understand the French language with the context. There are a lot of repetition for some words, so it is efficient to be sure that you are going to print these words in your mind.

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French Stories (Dual-Language Books) (Dover Dual Language French)

It contains ten stories of the French literature written by famous authors : Voltaire , Camus, Flaubert, Beaudelaire. It belongs to the classics of French literature. You are going to read as well the English version of the French text. It includes as well a lexicon in the French and in the English language. You are going to do exercises to improve your oral ansd writing. You are going to read as well a small biography of the authors. These are texts of several styles.

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10 Bilingual Fairy Tales in French and English: Improve your French or English reading and listening skills: Volume 1 (Bilingual Fairy Tales French English)

These stories are a kind of a blend of tales ! Barbe-Bleue (Bluebeard), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Peau d’âne (Donkey Skin),… It is written in both the French la language and the English language, so you can learn the language of your choice, so it is the French language for you ! While reading you are going to impregnate yourself with words and French grammar structures, you are going to learn in a natural way. You can use the audio support (in the French language and in the English language), so you are able to improve your listening and oral skills. The stories are told by native French and English speakers, they are made to help you to get more listening skills and also to learn the right pronunciation. It is nice if you want to have bilingual kids, someone who wants to learn a foreign language with books, anyone who wants to be better at using the French language or the English language. You can easily compare the two languages. You do not have to open a dictionary to learn new words and new sentences structures. The format of parallel text is very helpful to get reading skills. 

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Le Pendentif, Short Stories in Easy French: with Glossaries throughout the Text (Easy French Reader Series)

There are 3 stories in this book : Le Pendantif (the pendant), L’homme à tête de cheval (the horse-headed man), La Sirène (Mermaid). The levels are from the A1 to the B1 level on the common framework or references. It provides a dictionary at the end of the book which contains more than 1500 French words and French expressions, with the gender and the English language version. It comes with an audio version. It is good to develop your reading skills. These are simple stories and they are related to each other. The notes which are under the paragraphs are really helpful, this is the same for the words which are highlighted. It is written in the present tense and there is a list of words at the end of each section, so it is easy to go through the book.

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Great French Short Stories (Dover Dual Language French)

It belongs to a bilingual collection. It contains texts of famous French authors as Voltaire, Maupassant, Balzac, Flaubert,…with also the English version.

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Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (French Edition)

By Jules Verne
It belongs to a bilingual collection. It contains texts of famous French authors as Voltaire, Maupassant, Balzac, Flaubert,…with also the English version.

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La planete des singes

This is one of the most famous science fiction story. The two main characters in relationship are professors quit the earth. They embark on their cosmic ship, heading Betelgeuse. Here, the monkeys reign and the men live in the wild state.  

Paroles (Folio),

By Jacques Prévert
A book of poetry. The author is a very famous french poet. The most well known poem is :

Le Cancre

Il dit non avec la tête
Mais il dit oui avec le coeur
Il dit oui à ce qu’il aime
Il dit non au professeur
Il est debout
On le questionne
Et tous les problèmes sont posés

Soudain le fou rire le prend
Et il efface tout
Les chiffres et les mots
Les dates et les noms
Les phrases et les pièges

Et malgré les menaces du maître
Sous les huées des enfants prodiges
Avec des craies de toutes les couleurs
Sur le tableau noir du malheur
Il dessine le visage du bonheu
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Rimbaud : Poésies complètes

It is ok for children and adults. Another book of poetry by a famous poet. Here is a famous poem :

Le dormeur du val

C’est un trou de verdure où chante une rivière,
Accrochant follement aux herbes des haillons
D’argent ; où le soleil, de la montagne fière,
Luit : c’est un petit val qui mousse de rayons.


Un soldat jeune, bouche ouverte, tête nue,
Et la nuque baignant dans le frais cresson bleu,
Dort ; il est étendu dans l’herbe, sous la nue,
Pâle dans son lit vert où la lumière pleut.


Les pieds dans les glaïeuls, il dort. Souriant comme
Sourirait un enfant malade, il fait un somme :
Nature, berce-le chaudement : il a froid.


Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ;
Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine,
Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit.

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