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D. Appleton é Co. publish, uniform with this volume,

MEZZOFANTI'S SYSTEM

OF LEARNING LANGUAGES

APPLIED TO THE STUDY OP FRENCH.

FIRST FRENCH READER.

OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.

JWw York Courier and Enquirer.

The pian as laid down by Professor Roemer is clear, easy, and concise, and we can recommend it not only to those who wish to obtain a cursory knowledge of French, bnt also to sach as may intend studying it thoroughly. To etymologists this work will be of peculiar value, by giving them ideas with regard to the ongin of the French and English languages, which we do not remember to have seen in any other work. The " Reader" is well selected, and the " Rules for French Versification'* will be eminently useful to those who wish either fully to appreciate the beauties of the best French poets, or who may feel inclined to try their own muse. We doubt not it will become a standard work.

Journal of Commerce. We approve highly of the method so ably advocated by Professor Roemer ; it is simple, encouraging in its nature, and more likely to conduct the student to a sound knowledge of the structure of the language than any other with which we are acquainted. The introductory remarks on the history and analogies of the French language are practical and suggestive. An admirable treatise on French versification (generally neglected in tuition), and a copions dictionary of idioms, &c., are very important features in the work. The progressive reading exercises, in prose and verse, have been selected with great taste, and justly claim for the volume tbe additional merit of being highly interesting even to those who have mastered the language, and now cultivate its literature.

jVeio York Commercial Advertiser.

We invite attention to this new French Reader, which seems admirably adapted to the nse of the student, and especially to the code of instructions and explanations with which it is introduced; the whole forming, a we conceive, a book of exceeding value to both learners and teachers, and capable of greatly facilitating the labors of both. The preliminary treatise on the analytical relations of the English and French languages appears to us especially valuable; as does also that on the rules of French versification ; and both have the merit of being quite new, at least to English students.

JVifio York Express.

This is a book which wilt be found eminently are to all persons wishing to acquire a perfect knowledge of the French language, and interesting to those who take pleasure in studying the etymology of mm own. The system me is simple, and we think well calculated to assist persons of any moderate capacity in the speedy acquirement of a knowledge of the French language, and teachers in schools will find it a very powerful auxiliary. The dictionary of idioms, proverbs, peculiar expressions, &c., is the most copious we have seen, and many of our translators, who have not had the advantage of a long residence in France, would do well to refer to it. It should, in fact, be on the table 01 every person who reads French.

Jlflem York Tribune.

The author has accomplished the task with great ability. His Treatises on the Analytical Study of the French Language, and on the Rules of French Versification, evince a true philological p and the selections which compose the body of the work are made with excellent discrimination, from the most agreeable specimens of French literature. We are a that this volume may be of eminent service in the acquisition of the French language, and that it may also be consulted with great advantage by the mature student. Without reference to its value as a manual, it is, in fact, a tasteful collection of " elegant extracts."

JVVic York Et en in g Post.

In connection with a grammar of th« system, an excellent Treatise on French Versification, and a Dictionary of Idioras, Professor Roemer includes in A work a collection ol extracts, in prose and verse, from the beat French w ri ters, sclected with admirable tasta and judgraent, and with partie a lar référence to the requiremenu of the American student. If the work had put forwanl no other claim to attention than iu excellence ai a French Reader, we coula predict for it a hearty welcome from the teachen of America, who have long felt the want of such a book.

Home Journal.

A peculiar J of this System m that it gives the la ail etymology and knowledge of hia own language, that has hitherto been exclusively claimed for the Latin. As a compilation of élégant extracu this volume is «u péri or to any that have appeared in thia départirent, particularly in réference to the adaptation of the sélections to the lutte and req aire ments of the Americ in public. It is, in hhort, one of the most original, ingenious, and usefnl manuals yet publishéd, and will prove a treasure to the student of French.

Albion.

When we think of the manner in which boys were wont to blunder over grammars, and grope tbeir way to knowledge, wc arc glad to meet with such valuable aid in the pursuit of a more rationai G

Literary World.

We think this book is a highly valuable addition to the publications of Ollendorff, and particularly in what the latter neéd—a good Reading Book. It is prepared with tact, and u the resuit, likewise, of practical expérience. The introductory chapters on the fustory, and Greek, Latin, and English analogies of the language, are suggestive, and of sound practical use in the bands of a good teacher.

Revue du A"ouveau-Monde.

Ouvrage classique et complet dont la nécessité se faisait sentir depuis longtemps,

et qui pins que tous les livres publies jnsqu'ici aux Etats-Unis sur les langues étrangères, réunit a la clarté des définitions et des exemples, le merite de l'application pratique, dont l'auteur s'est avant tout préoccupé. C'est d'après le systéme ingénieux et en même temps rationnel du Cardinal Mezzofantï qni considèrait l'analogie comme le moyen le plus efficace à employer dans l'étude des langues, que M. Roemer a tracé le plan de son enseignement, et nous n'hésitons pas, quant à nous, « le féliciter d'une idée dont tons ceux qui suivront son cours ne tarderont pas ft reconnaitre l'efficacité.—En outre, pour exercer les éléves à traduire et à lire H haute voix, ce qui en pays étranger est le seul moyen de se former à la prononciation, l'auteur a rassemblé, avec un soin scrupuleux, un certain nombre de morceaux de prose et de poésie extraits des auteurs français les plus corrects, et choisis d'après le goût et les tendances de ce pays.—Puis vient une étude comparée de la poésie française précédée d'un traité de versification, où après avoir donné des notions préliminaires sur le rythme poétique, M. Roener pose les règles génerales qu'il appuie de nombreux exemples judicieusement présentés.—Le volume se termine par un dictionnaire d'idiotîsmes, proverbes, etc., qui nous a paru plus complet et mieux adapté au langage moderne que tous ceux qui, jusqu'ici, nous ont passé par les mains.

Courrier des Etats-Unis.

Dans cet ouvrage, qui a pour base le système du Cardinal Mezxofanti, qui A juste titre jccupé la première place parmi les philologues modernes, l'auteur procède à son enseignement par la comparaison et l'analyse, qu'il appuie sur l'étyraologie et sflr des moyens

mnémoniques d'une grande simplicité. Il évite les définitions grammaticales et se i dans l'exposé des réglas g -nèralea d'une sobriété dont nous lui savons gré ; car nons pen■ons, comme lui, que trop d'explications surchargent l'intelligence de l'éléve d'un bagage théorique plus nuisible que profitable.

Outre un choix judicieux de morceaux de prose et de poésie extraits des meilleurs auteurs français, ce volume contient un traite de versification française, et on dictionnaire d'idiotismes, de proverbes, etc., qui termine l'ouvrage et qui nous paraît fort bien adapté à la conversation française contemporaine. Un livre pareil ne peut manquer de recevoir

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Or LEARNING LANOUAGES

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APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF FBENCa

second FRENCÏÏ READER.

HISTORICAL, GEOGRAPHICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL,
AND PHILOLOGICAL NOTICES.

BY J. ROEMER,

Professor Of The French Lànguage And Literature In
The New York Free Academy.

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PREFACE.

Hating perused the first volume of this work, the student will have acquired suffisent knowledge of the French language to read and translate with facility both poetry and prose. The next requisites are practice and experience, in order to give him that finish which can only be acquired by familiarity with the best modern authors, and, at the same time, induce a proper appreciation of their literary merit.

Many works having this object in view already exist, bearing high testimony to the taste and discrimination of their compilers; but in their arrangement a plan has been adopted differing from the one here proposed, the prominent feature of which is the association of ideas.

The general idea with regard to a work of this kind is, that it

should present a series of well-selected articles worthy to serve

as models of style. Two questions here arise: first, for whom is

it intended? secondly, what is the end designed ?—that is, is it

written in the vernacular of the student, or in a foreign tongue?

And if in the latter, is it elementary, to familiarize him with

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