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VOWELS AND DIPIITIIONGS ARE DIVIDED INTO NATURAL FAMILIES, EACII UNDER ITS RESPECTIVE

STANDARD, OR FATHER SOUND,

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GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS, AND INSTRUCTOR IN THE

FRENCH LANGUAGE IN HARVARD UNISERSITY, CAMBRIDGE.

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1. A rapid but full account and explanation of 1. A detailed STUDY OF SYNOPSES — Natural the PLAN adopted by the author.

families of sounds, varieties, exceptions, etc. 2. PRONUNCIATION. Ways and means : Imi- investigated. tation — SYNOPSES of French sounds, and KEY 2. Comments on Comparative Pronunciation to French sounds, compared with English STATISTICS of French Sounds, and Rules on sounds.

French Pronunciation. 3. Practical APPLICATION at once. Ways and 3. Additional Rules and research on FRENCII means : New exercises introduced under this READING — with Key, and parsing of sounds, as in title — “PARSING OF FRENCH Sounds.” Impor- Part First, continued to the last page of the volume. tant rules on French Reading.

4. LITERATURE. A select collection of literary, 4. SPEAKING. Ways and means : Imitation moral, and religious pieces from ONE HUNDRED OF A select collection of oyer ONE THOUSAND SPECI- THE MOST CELEBRATED FRENCH AUTHORS amongst MENS AND SUBJECTS OF FAMILIAR CONVERSATION the modern and contemporary writers, such as

historical facts, witty sayings, Buffon, Montesquieu, Volney, Lacépède, Frayssianecdotes, etc. — all related in the easy, natural nous, Chateaubriant, Lamenais, Lamartine, V. Hugo, way, but correct idiomatic language of the well- Ségur, Aimé-Martin, Mérimée, Ch. Nodier, Mignet, . bred Frenchman.

Cormenin, Chasles, Cuvier, etc., etc.

AND COMPOSITION

OFFERING, in itself, alone, to all American Students, À COUPLETE AND THOROUGH PRACTICAL INSTRUMENT

OFFERING
to the highest classes of American Students
THE ONLY BOOK OF RESEARCH ON FRENCH PRONUNCIATION,

for teaching or learning NATIVE FRENCH PRONUNCIATION AND NATIVE FRENCH CONVERSATIONAL STYLE.

and, for their literary READINGS AND COMPOSITIONS IN FRENCH, TIE HIGHEST FRENCH STANDARD OF LITERARY STYLE,

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by EMILE ARNOULT, in the

Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED AT THE

BOSTOY STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY.

ON

FRENCH PRONUNCIATION AND CONVERSATIONAL STYLE

The most important point to secure in a modern language is, first, its pronunciation ; of this great desideratum, in French, we shall treat presently.

Pronunciation being once acquired, the only effective ways and means we know for learning French as a living language, are various practical exercises, which should be performed, if possible, with both the aid of French and Englishı text books. Hence, for teachers and learners, two very different stand-points, the first one of which THE FRENCH PART is now our groundwork.

The second part seems also to demand some exclusive, special studies and instruments, — a weighty subject, - with which we, here, can have nothing to do but to state a fact that must be told. The use of English text books, for

. translation into French, and for extemporaneous speaking exercises, is not an easy one; and so long as there are no proper books purposely prepared for it, with notes, various readings, grammatical explanations, and key, — this kind of teaching will remain an impossibility for American teachers, and a real difficulty for all native French instructors. Therefore the best means of studying and practising the making of sentences, in one word,- the SPEAKING of French, -- cannot be admitted in schools for want of a school book!

But all French and American teachers can use a French text for the same purpose, and, indeed, with great success, if it be the right reading, which, alone, will prove to work easy throughout the indispensable exercises described in a further page. A Frenchman does not speak like a book; and it is his conversational style that should, first, be the model ; this is -- at least by the light of logic and experience the straight road to success.

All American students, who earnestly intend to master the French language, so as to make use of it in

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