Better Reading French, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-27
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Sharpen your French language skills through readings about its speakers' daily lives and culture Better Reading Frenchoffers you entertaining, "real world" texts to help you understand and learn more French vocabulary and phrases. Each chapter features articles that cover a specific topic, such as cuisine, music, sports, film and theater, art, the family, today's lifestyle, or politics and history. Along the way, you will find instruction and exercises to help develop improved reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary. The articles become gradually more difficult as you proceed through the book to keep you challenged and engaged. Better Reading Frenchis an easy, engaging way to boost your language skills and learn more about the language and its speakers as you go.

Author Biography

Annie Heminway teaches grammar, creative writing, translation, African cinema, and classic and Francophone literature at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is also a translator and an editor for Francophone publishers. In 2006 she was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Acadmiques by the French government in recognition of her work in promoting the study of French.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
How to use this bookp. xi
Les petits mots d'amour A game of love, Valentine's Day cards, and proverbs about lovep. 3
L'horoscope Horoscopes-Western and Chinesep. 5
Les petites annonces classées Looking for love in the classifiedsp. 9
L'amour éternel A letter from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugop. 11
La vie romantique A letter from George Sand to Alfred de Mussetp. 13
L'amour au théâtre Molière's pursuit of the perfect expression of lovep. 16
L'amour et les chats Chateaubriand's love of catsp. 18
L'amour et le chocolat For the love of chocolatep. 20
L'adieu A farewell poem by Apollinairep. 23
Les notes Sticky notes, to-do lists, e-mail, a love letter, a "Dear John" letter, postcards, and a wedding invitationp. 27
Échanges entre voisins Correspondence-neighborly and not so neighborlyp. 36
Correspondance administrative A letter to city hallp. 39
Lettre de cachet An official requestp. 40
Lettres historiques Letters from the battlefieldp. 41
Runes The magic of writingp. 44
Haïkus Poetry in three linesp. 46
La panoplie du chef A chef's stock-in-tradep. 49
Recettes Three recipes, beginning with dessertp. 51
Les critiques culinaires A guide to Parisian restaurantsp. 57
Cuisine et littérature Déjeuner with Proustp. 59
Les manières de table Eating do's and don'ts in the 1800sp. 60
Le lunch au Local Let's have lunch with the Québécois!p. 62
Des livres beaux à croquer Flaubert au chocolat, Balzac à la Chantillyp. 65
Enivrez-vous An invitation from Baudelairep. 67
Chante, chante
À la claire fontaine A seventeenth-century soldier's lamentp. 71
Le temps des cerises Politics and love in a nineteenth-century songp. 73
Les roses blanches Lyrical white roses for mamanp. 75
Carmen Romance in Bizet's operap. 78
Le chant grégorien Centuries-old plainsongp. 81
L'Olympia Resurrecting a musical theater in Parisp. 83
Le Musée de la Musique A museum of musical instrumentsp. 85
Nous n'irons plus au bois A song based on a nineteenth-century poemp. 88
La France des musées Museums-old and newp. 91
Le musée du quai Branly African, Asian, Oceanic, and American art by the Seinep. 95
Les musées ruraux Bread, bees, and ostriches in the countrysidep. 102
Les musées urbains Fabric and fashion in the cityp. 106
Les maisons d'artistes The artist's spirit lives onp. 111
Le Paris des jardins The green space of Parisp. 116
Emmène-moi au bout du monde
Un voyage d'affaires Doing business in Venicep. 121
L'Orient-Express A history of the train of myth and mystiquep. 122
Un tour en montgolfière Up, up, and awayp. 127
Paris bohème A stroll through 1920s Montparnassep. 131
Théodore Monod A scientist and humanitarian whose passion was the desertp. 134
Alexandra David-Néel Pages from an explorer's journalp. 137
Femmes au-delà des mers Women, heritage, and networkingp. 140
Fais-moi explorer
Lecture numérique Young, avid digital readersp. 147
Les inventions Hot-air balloons, garbage cans, and Braillep. 151
L'euro Technology in your pocketp. 156
Les vitraux Craftsmanship in the restoration of stained glassp. 159
Marie Curie, une pionnière du prix Nobel au Panthéon The first woman to join the nation's "great men"p. 162
Médecins Sans Frontières Relieving the world's sufferingp. 166
Adolphe Sax The highs and lows of an inventor's lifep. 169
Explique-moi tous les symboles
Les symboles français Maxims, the rooster, Marianne, and "La Marseillaise"p. 175
Les drapeaux The flags of France and the European Unionp. 180
L'Académie française Protecting the mother tonguep. 181
Les discours Speech, speech! Victor Hugo deliversp. 187
Fais-moi découvrir la littérature contemporaine
Hommage au monde francophone A tribute to the mother tonguep. 195
La théorie des nuages Cloud obsession, love, and survivalp. 202
Pondichéry, à l'aurore From Stockholm to Pondichéryp. 206
Aimé Césaire par sa fille Césaire, fundamental manp. 211
Haïti Kenbe La! Dreams of my Haitian grandmotherp. 215
Dany Laferrière We are human beings, all over the worldp. 221
Boulevard des Mots-dits A carnival of wordsp. 230
La tourmente de la langue française Taming the French languagep. 233
Chant à l'Indien A poem by Khireddine Mouradp. 237
Continuing to readp. 239
Answer keyp. 251
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