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FRENCH BOOKS

BY

PAUL BERCY, B. L., L. D.

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SIMPLES NOTIONS DE FRANÇAIS, or First Steps in French,

with 75 illustrations, to teach children who cannot read, followed by the most popular songs of French children, 12 chansons et rondeaux, with music. Boards,....

750. LIVRE DES ENFANTS. Pour l'étude du français. A simple,

easy and progressive French Primer, in the 'natural method, for young students, with upwards of 50 illustrations, 12mo, cloth, 100 pages.....

500. LE SECOND LIVRE DES ENFANTS. A continuation of Livre

des Enfants, illustrated with over 50 pictures upon wbich

the lessons are based. 12mo, cloth, 148 pages........ LE FRANÇAIS PRATIQUE. This book is written for special

instruction of Americans, intending to travel in France. It can be used as a first book for every one wishing to make

a thorough study of the French. 12mo, 191 pp., cloth..... $1.00 LECTURES FACILES, pour l'Étude du Français, avec notes grammaticales et explicatives. Cloth. 256 pages..

$1.00 This makes with Le Français Pratique, a complete course.

It can be used as well with any other niethod. LA

LANGUE FRANÇAISE, 1re PARTIE. Méthode pratique

pour l'átudo de cette langue. 12mo, cloth, 292 pages...... $1.25 LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE, 2mo PARTIE (for intermediate

classes), variétés historiques et littéraires. 12mo, cloth, 276 pages.....

$1.25 CONTES ET NOUVELLES MODERNES (Paul Bercy's French

Reader). With explanatory English notes. 12mo, cloth, 328 pages....

$1.00 SHORT SELECTIONS for Translating English into French. 12mo, cloth.

750. KEY TO “SHORT SELECTIONS,” etc. 12mo, cloth, 121 pages

net 750. CONJUGAISON DES VERBES FRANÇAIS. Suivie de nombreux

exercices. 12mo, flexible cloth, 81 pages, 50 cents. SANS FAMILLE, by Hector Malot, arranged and abridged

by Paul Bercy. 12mo, cloth, 85 cents. Paper, 60 cents.

Published by WILLIAM R. JENKINS, New York, LA

LANGUE FRANÇAISE

MÉTHODE PRATIQUE POUR L'ÉTUDE

DE CETTE LANGUE

PAR

PAUL BERCY, B.L., L.D.
Director of Paul Bercy's School of Languages, New York.

VINGT-NEUVIÈME ÉDITION.

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PREFACE.

The Natural Method, in the study of foreign languages, is generally acknowledged to be the most interesting and rapid way, and the only one that renders the pupil capable of speaking the language studied and of understanding those who speak it. Teaching by this method, however, is not yet so generally practiced ; principally because the text books at hand have proved inadequate to fully demonstrate the beauties and simplicities of the method, and because teachers, accustomed to the old style of combining the two languages, have not found the books issued adapted for their use and convenience.

Students, too, have experienced more difficulty in mastering the language than they would have done, had the books been as thorough and progressive as they ought to be.

In this book, which is the fruit of many years' teacaing French, the shortcomings of former books have been obviated and a result is obtained which will make the work of the pupil easier, more thorough and more attractive to himself, while at the same time it will materially lighten the work of the professor, for the following reasons:

Firstly-It is really progressive, and contains all the necessary explanations upon those forms which constantly return in conversation, like money in circulation.

Secondly-The subjects are so arranged as to include everything desirable for the student to know when undertaking the complete study of the language.

Thirdly—It contains a large number of entertaining and instructive anecdotes, selected for the purpose of facilitating conversation, for developing the intelligence of the pupils, increasing their knowledge and initiating them at the same time more and more into the beauties of the French language.

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