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Mar 14, 1935
Edward H. Atherton
Modern Language Series.
FIRST GERMAN BOOK, after the Natural or Pestalozzian
SECOND GERMAN BOOK, to follow the First Book. 12mo,
FIRST AND SECOND GERMAN BOOKS. 75 cents. AN ELEMENTARY GERMAN GRAMMAR. 12m0, 300 pages. $1.00.
A COMPLETE GERMAN GRAMMAR. With a full Vocabulary. $1.40.
AN ELEMENTARY GERMAN READER, carefully graded with extensive notes. 12mo, 145 pages. 90 cents.
A COLLEGIATE GERMAN READER. With Notes and
A MANUAL OF GERMAN CONVERSATION-the "Ger-
FIRST FRENCH BOOK (on the same plan as the German).
Le QUESTIONNAIRE. Exercises on the First French Book.
FIRST FRENCH BOOK AND Le QUESTIONNAIRE,
SECOND FRENCH BOOK-to follow the First Book. 40
GRAMMAIRE FRANÇAISE. 12mo, 184 pages. $1.00.
A MANUAL OF FRENCH CONVERSATION. Plan of
FIRST SPANISH BOOK, after the Natural Method (like the
SECOND SPANISH BOOK-to follow First Book. 40 cents.
Wor. Gram. Fran.
W. P. 5
Copyright, 1883, by J. H. WORMAN.
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 Conversational Grammar, but so carefully has every phase of the
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.