IV'E JUST FOUND (update: scrub the 'just':- it's been a while now) THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO: French-English Bilingual Voltaire Quotes, AND AS QUALITY FREE BILINGUAL FRENCH ENGLISH TEXT VIDEOS GO, IT'S THE SQUIRREL'S NUTS.
NEW PARALLEL TEXT
SEE BELOW FOR OBLIGATORY FRENCH FLAG PICTURE.
PERHAPS I WILL PUT UP A PHOTO OF THE BLACKPOOL TOWER JUST TO SEE HOW MANY NOTICE IT'S NOT THE EIFFEL ONE.
This website is dedicated to Jade, Jacob, Oskar and Imogen who, I hope, will forgive me for continually forgetting their birthdays.
Also, a big thank you to weebly for creating a site builder instinctive, flexible and without bugs: This is as rare as rocking horse poo among free website builders and publishers: believe me, I tried quite a few of the others with sometimes disastrous results.
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Ok, I'll keep this brief because this site is under construction. Put simply, this site is my attempt to bridge the gap between online French starter courses and full knowledge of the French language (for free of course.) How do I do this? By using bilingual fiction (classic literature as parallel texts) as a basis for introducing grammar rules with a strong emphasis on understanding the use of verbs. Having said that, some of the French story-lessons are designed so that a complete beginner can jump right in (see Story Lesson Menu) with word for word translations and more basic grammar explications. If the grammar footnotes get too heavy then don't worry, just ignore them; they will be repeated/referenced to throughout the beginner short stories. Grammar helps enormously, however it is best to wait until you are naturally curious about a specific rule before looking too deep into it. It is only when you start to wonder why the word ce [this/that] changes to cet or cette in other sentences that you are ready to understand the grammar rule behind this change. Ok, are you ready? Then go.
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I have been working a lot recently on the French 'learn English' site (and a learn Spanish site also) so progress on this one has been slow. (I only get to write the weekends as in the weekdays I am renovating a ruin with my own bare hands that is slowly burying me and my family in debt - Ha! Live the dream!) Anyway, what I was trying to say before going off on a tangent is that I will soon be returning to develop this site more
What I will do is bring many 'free of author's rights' novels and there translations (if also free of author's rights) to the site. In doing so I will line them up sentence under sentence but only with limited annotations and editing.
It is the Sherlock Holmes 'Scandal in Bohemia' short story which is going stay geared for complete beginners i.e. highly worked upon with buckets of helpful notes. (I will get round to finishing this, I swear.)
Hi, welcome to my site. This is YOUR avatar. As you progress in French your avatar will do sod all.
Still, the rest of my site's actually quite good so please use to heart's content.
Useful Links for Free Bilingual Texts
I am working on creating a MULTIPLE LANGUAGE PARALLEL TEXT. The four languages that are being aligned (paragraph by paragraph in four side by side columns) are: English, French, Spanish and German. . The novel being used is THE RED HEADED LEAGUE (a Sherlock Holmes short story contained in A.C.Doyle's The adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Victor Hugo's NOTRE DAME DE PARIS and Gustave Flaubert's MADAME BOVARY now available as sentence under sentence French-English bilingual texts (or nearly as still working on alinging the texts and doing a bit of editing)
Les Chansons Françaises