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THE ESSENTIALS OF PRONUNCIATION, ACCIDENCE, SYNTAX ;
| FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE STUDENTS.
M. MICHEL, B. A.
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS;
303. g 29.
NOTWITHSTANDING the large number of French Grammars already existing, there is still generally felt a want of one that would combine THEORY and PRACTICE in better-balanced proportions ; contain everything necessary and useful to lead to a clear and comprehensive knowledge of the French language, but, at the same time, be free from those lengthy explanations and superfluous de. tails that confuse the pupil and check his progress; and, above all, one that would render the acquiring of the language more attractive to the pupil, and the imparting of it less trying, less burdensome, and more interesting to the teacher.
In the present work we have endeavoured to satisfy each of these conditions. Our plan is as follows :
The ESSENTIALS have been condensed and simplified as much as is consistent with lucidity and precision, each rule being illustrated by clear and carefully selected examples.
In accordance with the only rational system in the learning of a living language, that of IMITATION, as adopted by all eminent teachers and grammarians, we have given a double set of EXERCISES ; the one French, intended to be used for reading, parsing, and translation into English, the other English, for translation into French. Moreover (and this is a novel and important feature of the work, to which we would call special attention), an additional exercise for CONVERSATION has been introduced in the shape of a QUESTIONNAIRE or set of questions, relating to the phrases of the foregoing French exercise. This will form a graduated, methodical, and interesting series of conversational lessons. Simple and easy at first, the questions and answers become by degrees more and more complicated, and, by being brought into contact with all parts of speech, will assume every possible shape, thus containing all the elements of colloquial language. As a foundation for general conversation, this new exercise will prove of great value to every class of students.
The EXERCISES, both French and English, are of reasonable length, and composed of carefully chosen and sensible phrases, intended,
1 The key to these exercises is given at the end of the book to help the pupil in the preparation, and for re-translation. See the Plan of Instruction, p. xi.
EDINBURGH, July 1867.
1 It may be a matter of surprise to those accustomed to see in the hands of
young pupils such ponderous grammars as are unfortunately too commonly used
in this country, to learn that these volumes contain many more details, and enter
into many more particulars, than any of the class-books studied in France through-
out the whole curriculum of a commercial or classical education.
2 The Key to the Miscellaneous Exercises obtainable by teachers and self-
students. Price 1s.