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THE FIRST FRENCH BOOK

ENTERED IN STATIONERS' HALL.

HAVET'S FRENCH EDUCATIONAL WORKS, Used in Colleges and Schools throughout Great Britain, Ireland, the English

Colonies, and the United States of America, as well as in many Anglo. French Establishments on the Continent of Europe.

THE FIRST FRENCH BOOK ; or, Practical French Lessons for Beginners. 230

foolscap 8vo pages.

THE FRENCH CLASS-BOOK ; PART I., containing Reader, Conversations,

Grammar, French and English Exercises, Dictionary, &c. 330 crown 8vo

pages. THE FRENCH CLASS-BOOK ; PART II., containing the Syntax and Pecu.

liarities of the French Language, with numerous English and French Exer

cises. 180 crown 8vo pages. THE COMPLETE FRENCH CLASS-BOOK ; or, Grammar of French Grammars.

Ninth Edition, in one volume. 500 8vo pages. LE LIVRE DU MAÎTRE; or, Key to both parts of “The French Class-Book,"

with numerous Notes and useful Hints. FRENCH STUDIES : Modern Conversations upon the ordinary topics of life,

Colloquial Exercises, Extracts from Standard Writers, a Dictionary, &c. Seventh Edition,

400 8vo pages. HOUSEHOLD FRENCH: A Conversational Introduction to the French Lan.

guage. Fifth Edition. 300 8vo pages. FRENCH COMPOSITION; comprehending-I. Prose Specimens from British

and American Authors, to be translated into French. II. Outlines of Nar.

ratives, Letters, &c. 272 8vo pages. New Edition. MORCEAUX TRADUITS DES PROSATEURS ANGLAIS, suivis du développe

ment des sujets de composition du précédent ouvrage (Key to “French

Composition”). 300 8vo pages. LEÇONS FRANÇAISES DE LITTÉRATURE ET DE CONVERSATION, pour faire suite aux "French Studies."

[In preparation. *** The right of Translation and Adaptation is reserved by the Author.

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ABBREVIATIONS AND MARKS IN "THE FIRST FRENCH BOOK," adj. stands for adjective.

h m.

stands for h mute. pron. pronoun.

h aspirated. m. or mas. masculine, prep.

preposition. f, or fem. feminine. conj.

conjunction. 8. or sing.

singular.
imp.

imperfect. pl. or plur.

plural.
pp.

past participle. Words followed by an asterisk (*) are the same in French as in English.

The English words printed in italics in the Exercises are not expressed in French.

Words in a parenthesis in the Exercises are required in French and not in English.

Several words united by hyphens are generally rendered into French by one expression.

Paragraphs preceded by a hand (80) generally explain some idiom or dif. ference between the two languages,

Havet's French Conversational Method.

THE FIRST FRENCH BOOK

OR

PRACTICAL FRENCH LESSONS

FOR BEGINNERS

BY

ALFRED HAVET
DIRECTOR OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, EDINBURGH ;
Author of " French Studies,” The Complete French Class-Book," &c.

PEU DE RÈGLES, BEAUCOUP D'EXERCICES

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PREFACE.

I HAVE endeavoured to exhibit in this small volume the special characteristics that have made my larger works popular. Each lesson comprises :

1st. PRINCIPLES and RULES, which are the ground-work of the practical matter.

2d. A MODEL LESSON, invariably consisting of questions and answers to be translated, read, re-translated (see page 162), and committed to memory, all the sentences being written in clear and lively colloquial language, so as to be easily understood and remembered.

3d. An EXERCISE, also consisting of questions and answers, and entirely made up of words used in the Model Lesson, thus enabling the pupil to do his task without a dictionary.

4th. CONVERSATIONAL PRACTICE, being a series of familiar questions to be answered in French by the pupil either viva voce or in writing, initiating him into the art of composing sentences in French.

The questions in the CONVERSATIONAL PRACTICE have not been framed at random; they all apply to our daily wants and avocations, and have the additional advantage of illustrating in a striking manner the leading rules of each lesson.

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