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FRENCH METHOD.

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BY

F. DUFFET,

Officier d'Académie; Professor of Languages; Member of the

Association Polytechnique,Paris.

REVISED, AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF AMERICAN

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES,

BY

ALFRED HENNEQUIN, Ph. D.
Instructor in French and German in the University of Michigan;
Author of "A New Treatise on the French Verbs,”

First French Reading Lessons,etc.

NEW YORK

CINCINNATI

CHICAGO

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

1909

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We would respectfully advise teachers using this book to adopt the plan of study suggested hereafter:

1st. Lay all possible stress on a correct pronunciation. Do not, however, delay the study of the Grammar proper too long. Should the students find the application of the rules on pronunciation too difficult, give the rules yourself in connection with practical illustrations from the words of the “Lessons;" and then, at some later time, review the rules in the book.

2d. If the exercises are too long for the time allotted to the study of French, assign certain portions in each of the exercises, both from the beginning and the end of the “Lesson.”

3d. Use the French Exercises, at the end of Part First (p. 199), in connection with the first twenty-five lessons.

4th. Begin the study of the Verbs, as independent work, as soon as the scholars have become familiar with the pronunciation. Devote whole recitations to this portion of the Grammar once in a while. If necessary, use a separate work, dealing with the Verbs only, especially if you wish to begin to read before Part First has been completed.

5th. When the Reader" is first introduced, attach a great deal of importance to the words, explaining, when this is possible, their relation to English or their formation in French ; and use the text principally as a means of reviewing and explaining the Grammar.

6th. Make conversation, from the very beginning, an important phase of the study of the language.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by WILSON, HINKLE & Co.,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Copyright, 1881, by VAN ANTWERP, BRAGG & Co.

DUFF. HENN FR.

PREFACE.

This revised edition of Professor Duffet's FRENCH METHOD does not differ in the main from the original work, which has, in a very short time, become so favorably known in Europe and in this country. It is still an eminently “Progressive and Practical French Method for the Study of the French Language."

The object to be attained in studying a foreign language is certainly to understand it, to speak it, and to write it at the earliest possible moment. With this in view, Professor Duffet introduces the student to the language itself in its most useful and practical forms from the very beginning. Before the twenty-five “Lessons" composing the Part First have been studied, the learner already understands and can apply most of the principles of the grammar of the language, and has become tolerably familiar with French conversation. It is, in fact, a colloquial grammar, simple but thorough, short and complete.

We do not claim, as reviser, to have added much to the intrinsic value of the work. Our object has been to adapt the book to the requirements of American schools and colleges : our principal task having consisted in an endeavor to facilitate the acquirements of some of the leading features of the work. Most of the important changes that have been made occur in Part

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