Images de page
PDF
ePub

F204.9818 Edue T1518.90.880

WORMAN'S MODERN LANGUAGE SERIES.

GERMAN.
First German Book, after the Natural or Pestalozzian Method, for

Schools and Home Instruction. 12mo, 69 pages.
Second German Book, intended to continue the work of the First

Book, but also very valuable as a Reading Book in Elementary
classes. 12mo, 84 pages.

The exercises are so developed out of pictured objects and actions, and are so well graduated, that almost from the very outset they go alone. A beginner would have little use for a dictionary in reading. The words are so introduced, and so often used, that the meaning is kept constantly before the mind, without

the intervention of a translation. An Elementary German Grammar. An easy introduction to the

language. 12mo, 300 pages. A Complete German Grammar. A full and comprehensive treat

ment of the language for School or Home, with a comprehensive

Vocabulary giving Synonymical Equivalents.
An Elementary German Reader, carefully graded by extensive notes,

making it serviceable to the very beginner. 12mo, 145 pages.
A Collegiate German Reader, or Introduction to German Literature.

With philological notes and references to the Grammars, and an

adequate Dictionary, 12mo, 525 pages. A Manual of German Conversation the “German Echo.” For

practice in the spoken language. 203 pages.

It presupposes an elementary knowledge of the language, and furnishes a running German text, allowing the learner to find the meaning of the words (in the appended Vocabulary), and forcing him, by the absence of English in the text, to think in German.

FRENCH.
First French Book, after the Natural or Pestalozzian Method, for

Schools and Home Instruction (on the same plan as the German).

12mo, 83 pages. Second French Book-to follow the First Book, or to be used as an

Elementary French Reader. *Grammaire Française, containing only the Essentials of French Gram

mar, and pointing out the variations of the French from the English.

12mo, 184 pages. Teacher's Hand-book to the Grammaire Française, furnishing the

English teacher ample material for successful use of this book.

12mo, 108 pages. A Manual of French Conversation — the “ Echo de Paris.” Plan

of the “ German Echo.” I 2mo, 212 pages.

C'est un véritable trésor, merveilleusement adapté au développement de la conversation familière et pratique, telle qu'on la veut aujourd'hui. Cet excellent livre met successivement en scène, d'une manière vive et intéressante, toutes les circonstances possibles de la vie ordinaire.

SPANIS H. First Spanish Book, after the Natural Method (like the German).

12mo, 96 pages. Second Spanish Book-to follow the First Book, and to serve also

as an Elementary Spanish Reader.

Copyright, 1883, by J. H. WORMAN.

INTRODUCTION.

This Grammar of the French language is for English speaking students. It is based upon the same principles of the natural method underlying the other books of “Worman's Language Series,” and may be said to be the latest practical outgrowth of this now so widely and enthusiastically approved method for the acquisition of the languages.

The book is primarily intended as a companion of the First and Second Books, but it is so written that it can be used also by any student of French who has gone beyond the elements, and who desires a systematic and thorough knowledge of this beautiful language.

Grammars in English fail to teach a speaking and writing knowledge of French. Many teachers have therefore been hitherto compelled to resort to the use of such French grammars as Noël et Chapsal's or Larousse's, etc. These works, however admirably suitable to teach young French people their maternal language, are in no way adapted to the essentially different needs of the English speaking student. His wants, we believe, will be better supplied by this work, in a very large measure the outgrowth of class-room experience, and in its main portions most thoroughly tested in the Adelphi Academy before printing.

In this book everything purely theoretical or of doubtful utility has been discarded. It deals only with those principles of the French language of which an American, who is supposed to know the main principles of his own grammar, should become possessed. It especially deals with those rules foreign, or antagonistic as it were, to the laws of English speech. Its broad practical character makes it indeed a Conversacional Grammar, but so carefully has every phase of the

[ocr errors]

language been considered and treated that it must ensure not only a rapid, but also a thorough knowledge of the language.

The salient features of this work are : 1. The principles are first revealed in carefully chosen examples, and the deduced rules made so evident that the student may formulate them or at least reformulate them at will.

2. The exercises are so arranged as to fully illustrate all important points, with constant reviews of the old, while advancing to new principles.

3. The exercises consist mainly of needful words and useful expressions in every-day speech, enriched by many illustrations relating to facts of practical science, history, geography, and other departments of knowledge.

4. The question form has been given to these examples in order that the student may put his acquired vocabulary into practice even while busy with the application of any rule in grammar or composition.

5. Heavy type has been used for the essential rules, the variable inflections and agreements of words, etc., so as to engage the eye and facilitate the task of memory according to the maxim: Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuerit in sensu.

Special attention is called to the chapters treating of the use of the article, the position of the objective personal pronouns in the sentence, and the treatment of the verb, particularly the reflexive and irregular verbs.

In the preparation of the work both authors have been engaged, but it is only just to Prof. Rougemont to state here that, while an outgrowth of the preceding books of the series, this grammar is yet largely indebted to him for its existence. His industry has hastened the appearance of the book before the public to which it is now handed for considerate treatment, profitable use, and generous support.

J. H. WORMAN.

ADELPHI ACADEMY, BROOKLYN, N. Y., July, 1883,

« PrécédentContinuer »