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IN TWO PARTS :
I. ACCIDENCE. II. SYNTAX, WRITTEN IN FRENCH.
AN ETYMOLOGICAL INDEX, ENGRAVINGS SHOWING THE POSITION
VOCABULARIES, EXERCISES, AND READING LESSONS,
A COMPLETE COURSE OF FRENCH INSTRUCTION
IN ONE VOLUME;
NEWLY COMPOSED FROM THE WORKS OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY AND THE
STANDARD AUTHORS OF THE PRESENT DAY.
FREXCH MASTER AT CUBIST'S HOSPITAL, THE CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL,
LONDON UNIVERSITY AND THE COLLEGE OF
WHITTAKER AND CO., A VE-MARIA-LAN E.
The object of this work is to offer to beginners in the study of the French language a complete course of instruction, in one volume, so as to obviate the inconvenience arising from the use of a multiplicity of books for the attainment of the desired proficiency. Thus, in addition to a theoretical and practical Grammar, it contains copious vocabularies, numerous exercises, and a series of rudimental lessons in reading, translations of which are given at the end of the book. The Grammar is divided into two parts, the first of which is in English, the second in French. These again have four subdivisions-Pronunciation, Accidence, Syntax, and an Appendix. The two latter, or Partie française, are written in French, for the purpose of facilitating the acquisition of that fluent utterance in familiar conversation, the comprehension of which proves so difficult to English persons on their first arrival in France.
The construction of sentences is arranged according to a plan strictly commencing with the elements of the language. The pupils are first practised in French reading, parsing, translation into English (pages 38 and 416), and vivá voce retranslation into French, previously to any attempt at writing in French the translation of the English phrases in the exercise which immediately follows. This system, by judiciously
delaying the writing of exercises in French *, offers to teachers
The rules on the structure of the French language, through-
At the request of many parents who superintend the studies
* The attempt to compose or write exercises in a language before being
1-4. French Alphabet : Vowels;
5–10. Accents: the Acute, the Grave,
11-15. The Apostrophe; the Cedilla ;
the Diæresis; the Hyphen ; the
signs of Punctuation ....
16. Vowel sounds.
17, 18. Nasal sounds; Diphthongs 10-12
19, 20. Vowels silent in certain words ib.
22. On Accent or stress
23, 24. Exercises in pronunciation 17
25-30. Union of Words.
31. Elision of e unaccented.
32. Division of words into syllables .. 20
Exercises in pronunciation..
Vocabulary and Phrases of language
in common use: The Days of
the Week ; the Months; Names
of Festivals; Colours; Flowers;
Fruits; the House and Furni.
ture; Dressing and Apparel ;
Breakfast; Studies; the Facul.
ties of the Soul; Virtues ; Vices,
etc. Relatives; Proper Names;
the Town ; Professions and
Trades; the Dining-room; the
Parts of the Body; the Seasons;