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NEW, SIMPLE, CONCISE, AND EASY METHOD OF ACQUIRING
A CONVERSATIONAL KNOWLEDGE
THE FRENCII LANGUAGE;
N Dictionary of over Ten Thousand Words.
M. ALFRED HAVET.
ENTIRELY REVISED AND CORRECTED FROM THE LAST ENGLISH
EDITION, WITI A NEW SYSTEM OF PRONUNCIATION.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
MAY 31 1939
ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1807, by
D. APPLETON & CO., In the Clerk's Ofics of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern
District of New York.
PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.
But few words are necessary to introduce, and none to recommend the little work which we now offer to those desirous of acquiring, by an easy and agrecable method, and in a comparatively short time, a complete knowledge of the French language as it is at present spoken. Of all the works hitherto used in this country, none possessed the singular advantage of clearing up the difficulties of French grammar without dragging the weary student through an interminable maze of confused rules.
We have attempted to supply this want by publishing an American edition of Prof. Havet's “ Manual of Household French,” after having long watched the steady and unprecedented success it has obtained since its first appearance in England. It is, in the opinion of some of our foremost teachers, emphatically the best system for learning French.
“A great many learners," says Le Courrier de l'Europe, "might, after having waded through the tedious courses of French hitherto followed, be able to express themselves in a sort of half-academic language, but it would be altogether impossible for them to converso on the ordinary topics of every-day life; or give an order to a servant. It is this familiar language that M. Havet's book is destined to put them in possession of, and we believe nothing has been neglected to secure that happy result."
A concise treatise on French pronunciation, and a table of irregular verbs have been added, and several alterations, deemed improvements, been made.