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French Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!

Easy French Stories, Volume 2
Narrated by: Noelia Gouty, Craig Levin
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Languages, French

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Publisher's Summary

Finding material for your French immersion can be a nightmare, but not anymore!

French students regularly have to go through the toughest experiences to find proper material that isn’t too tough for them - as teachers; we know this. 

This is why we’ve created French Short Stories for Beginners to ensure that young and old students at the beginner level can have yet another chance to immerse themselves into fun and interactive stories designer for you, the student.

Twenty easy-to-listen, entertaining, and interesting stories await inside, along with the best tools to help you practice once you’re done reading each tale. Our audiobook will ensure you not only can listen to something that will expand your knowledge on French but that you will understand and be able to pick it apart piece by piece in your quest for learning.

How French Short Stories for Beginners works:

  • Each story is designed to keep you engaged an interested as well as using vocabulary that you will actually use. 
  • The summaries follow a synopsis in French and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about.
  • At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!
  • Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in French, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any - we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!

Do you think you can handle it? If the answer is yes, then you’re definitely on your way to becoming a French speaker, and we’ll certainly make that dream come true!

We recommend this audiobook for French learners at A2 level and above as it is designed for students with a basic understanding of French.

So look no further! Pick up your copy of French Short Stories for Beginners Vol. 2 and start learning French right now!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • Sophy
  • 10-09-2019

Such a great concept!

I loved this book!! I really liked to read the vocabulary list first, then read the story along with the audiobook followed by the summaries in English/French- a little bit different than the PDF order. It's very flexible. I used to be pretty good at French but forgot a lot of it because I didn't get to practice. So I was very happy to receive this book -this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. I will definitely buy short stories in other languages!

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  • maria galarza
  • 14-11-2019

A fantastic audio book

Nice simple stories for beginners in french. The structure of this audio is very simple. This is perfect for who are trying to learn the language.

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  • Amie
  • 26-10-2019

Excellent practice tool.

The short stories in this book are not only interesting, but are great for practicing common French words. To master any language, continuous practice via speaking and understanding vocabulary is key. This is what this book offers, and the conversational pace of the narration helps even more. Also, the inclusive Pdf file allows the listener to look up things that they may have confused. This ensures complete understanding of each lesson and gradual improvement as the listener completes the book.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. While this is so, my review is based solely on my opinion and is in no way biased.

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  • Harold.M
  • 24-10-2019

Oui...

Truly helpful and entertaining. Learning French through this book is not only helpful for improving pronunciation, but also for retention of lessons taught. Most people cannot handle lessons that span a long time and these stories are catchy and easy to remember. Very good concept.

This audiobook was offered to me for free, and I have left this review in return.

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  • Nick marzetti
  • 22-08-2019

Great for Learners

I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but I enjoyed trying to follow along. I have very little experience with French and am actively trying to learn, so there were a lot of new material to learn as I listened. The narration is very clear and the pace makes it a lot easier to keep up and even pick up new words through context. The vocabulary and summary of the stories made it a lot more fun to go back and re-listen to stories I had a harder time following.

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  • JulieM
  • 15-08-2019

Great set of stories for learning

By this point, I have listened to a few of the different offerings from LingoMastery in mostly French an in Spanish. As with other books of theirs I have reviewed, I believe in the method. They only work for you if YOU do.

To that end, you’ll need to develop a study schedule. There are suggestions at the beginning of the book of how to do exactly that. Take the time to read the PDF text alone; read and listen to the audio together; listen alone; adjust playback to different speeds if needed (and if your audio player can do that). If you follow the steps, you will learn. Guaranteed.

So that stated, what makes this learning tool special? The stories themselves show many slices of life from small children through retirees. They are short enough to review more than once. They are also quite suited to the beginner/advanced beginner. While listening to some of them, I was able to understand some of the texts on audio alone. I’ve been flirting with French a long time, but I wouldn’t call myself a true intermediate yet.

As for the narrator’s performance, she is better in this one at delivering different character voices and inflections to the narrative passages. They feel like quite interesting stories now.

I recommend this to beginner students learning French who are looking for an affordable and easy to use tool. Lower intermediate learners could also use this with ease. It is an audio, but you’ll get the best value by using the audio track that is available in your Audible library.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kay
  • 13-08-2019

Helps you become more proficient!

It really can be difficult to make the leap from basic French language programs into more realistic scenarios....and personally, I found conversations to be the most challenging to understand. What I found really helpful about these short stories is that it uses fairly natural dialog to expand your vocabulary and comprehension. English translations are provided...including in written format, I found it best if you stick to just the audio. These stories are the next best thing to experiencing French immersion...you are forced to listen carefully and attempt to understand what's going on before you listen to the English translation. Overall, I think this audiobook is a great way to improve your French skills.

Please note, I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Julie
  • 13-08-2019

Great to help my French, but it's not perfect.

I have Volume 1 and Volume 2. They made some changes in Volume 2. However, it seems clear to me that they don't have a native American on their staff.
I listen to these over and over, I practice learning and pronunciation and I do my best to pick out the words I have learned from the stories. My French is not advanced enough that I understand the stories, but this gives me something to strive for. I really enjoy them.
That being said, there are errors here and there that can be distracting. For example - baguettes aux cereales they say that means French baguette made of cereal. WHAT?!? I literally spent 10 minutes trying to figure this out online and the best I can come up with is that in French cereal can mean cereal as we know it in America or grains. So I'm thinking it's a baguette made with a certain grain.
This is probably picky, but in French they have different ways to say "a", un or une. In the book they use a French word carte, and then say the definition is "a map." But that's not what they said in French, they just said "map." This was an error that I caught, but it makes me wonder if there are other errors I would learn, saying things the wrong way.
In Volume 2 they changed from having a French woman read everything - French and English, to having an American man say everything in English. However, it became apparent to me that he is just reading and has no input (like when he says a French baguette made of cereal). I liked it better when it was her reading everything. I felt it had better flow.

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  • rafael
  • 08-08-2019

Good for french learners who speak english

The stories are nice, and use a vocabulary that helps beginners to learn more of the French language. All audio is pronounced in a good cadence, and the downloadable PDF that you can use to follow the audio highlights the main words, which is very helpful. I definitely will acquire more books from Lingo Mastery.

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  • Erik Dutton
  • 29-07-2019

Nice to have the audio as well

I have the Kindle edition of this book already, but it's great to be able to read along with the narration and practice getting multiple input streams! The narration is well paced to be slightly challenging, but not frustratingly fast (in other words, nowhere near native speed :). The narrator's voices aren't grating, which from my limited audiobook listening experience is a definitely bonus. In all, enjoyable and recommended.

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  • John
  • 14-10-2019

Good stories, concept and narration.

This book offers a convenient way to get familiar with French. While the language itself is not complicated, especially when the user already speaks English, the pronunciation of words are a significant identifier of mastery. Listening to a native narration of stories in this book gives a platform for listening to, and getting familiar with the accent and pronunciation of words. Also, the stories are quite fun.

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  • James.M
  • 01-09-2019

An easy approach to learning French.

Who does not like a good story? I suppose this is the idea behind this book, as it teaches French via stories. Unlike the conventional approach with books, this audiobook helps the leaner to practice proper pronunciation along with vocabulary. The stories are very interesting, easy to follow, and some are just really funny. Altogether, it is an interesting and educative book.

I received a free copy of this book. This review is however of my own volition and words.

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  • Andrew Wu
  • 27-08-2019

Fantastic stories!

This is ideal for all levels even though it's geared towards beginners. The pdf which is included means it's even easier to follow the story and it's perfect for understanding how to form French sentences and seeing them in practise!

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  • Lo
  • 10-08-2019

Great idea but hard to use

First, these are not beginners stories - my son has been doing French at school for several years now and these were really hard. I'd describe them as intermediate / GCSE level.
Second, it's impossible to use without the PDF, and the PDF is 215 pages long which means you can't really use it out and about, or flopped on a sofa. This is a desk based study pack.
We might have another go, because it's a great idea, but it was too hard to be fun stories to listen to in the school holidays.