The Best Books For Learning French

“What are the best books for Learning French?” We looked at 220 of the top French books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 14 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best French Language” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200 titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 14 Books For Learning French



14 .) Contacts: Langue et culture françaises by Jean-Paul Valette & Rebecca Valette

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Vista Wide

One of the most popular and trusted introductory French programs available, CONTACTS: LANGUE ET CULTURE FRANÇAISES is renowned for its superior grammar sequencing, four-skills presentation and practice, vocabulary control, and supportive pedagogy. More learner friendly than ever, the new ninth edition features an all-new design while maintaining hallmark strengths like logical progression and clear organization, which have successfully served more than half a million CONTACTS users. The program reflects the realities of the contemporary French and Francophone worlds while effectively preparing readers for work, study, and travel abroad with its practical illustrations and activities.

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13 .) En bonne forme by Simone Renaud & Dominique van Hooff

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Vista Wide

A complete intermediate programme written in French based on the conviction that a solid knowledge of grammar is important. However, students are also given ample opportunity throughout to improve all four skills -reading, writing, listening and speaking. All readings are chosen to illustrate grammar points.

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12 .) Ensemble, C’est Tout

Lists It Appears On:

  • Francai Simmersion
  • French Your Way

L’action se déroule à Paris, au pied de la tour Eiffel très exactement, et couvre une année. Ce livre raconte la rencontre puis les frictions, la tendresse, l’amitié, les coups de gueule, les réconciliations et tout le reste encore, tout ce qui se passe entre quatre personnes vivant sous un même toit. Quatre personnes qui n’avaient rien en commun au départ et qui n’auraient jamais dû se rencontrer. Un aristocrate bègue, une jeune femme épuisée, une vieille mémé têtue et un cuisinier grossier. Tous sont pleins de bleus, pleins de bosses et tous ont un cœur gros comme ça (non, plus gros encore !)… C’est la théorie des dominos à l’envers. Ces quatre-là s’appuient les uns sur les autres mais au lieu de se faire tomber, ils se relèvent. On appelle ça l’amour.

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11 .) Entre amis by Michael Oates

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Vista Wide

Entre amis is a performance-oriented program designed to expand students’ interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative skills by presenting and rehearsing situations similar to those they will encounter in real life. Based on a progressive approach, Entre amis features thorough coverage of all four-language skills with a strong emphasis on oral communication. The language presented and practiced is always embedded in a French cultural context.

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10 .) Et si c’était vrai

Lists It Appears On:

  • Francai Simmersion
  • French Your Way

What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she’s surprised that you can even see her — and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure? This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment. Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren’s secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren’s physical care — which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish — he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him. “If Only It Were True” is a heartwarming love story impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious — a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.

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9 .) French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture by

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vista Wide
  • Vista Wide

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8 .) Larousse French-English Dictionary

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • French Crazy

This newly revised Larousse Concise Dictionary is ideal for the more sophisticated traveler, business person, student, and anyone interested in achieveing greater fluency in contemporary French and English. The clear typographical layout and style, together with detailed treatment of vocabulary allows the user to quickly grasp the important nuances of language and translate and comprehend accurately. Containing 250,000 words, phrases, and translations, it is an ideal companion for both general and professional use.

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7 .) Le Petit Prince

Lists It Appears On:

  • Francai Simmersion
  • French Your Way

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

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6 .) Mastering French Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach by Wolfgang Fischer & Anne-Marie Plouhinec

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • The French Post

This French word-power builder presents more than 5,000 words and phrases with translations into English. The feature that makes this vocabulary book distinctive is the way words are divided into themes, grouped together so that the foreign traveler or language student can find words related by subject. The subject themes include business terms, medical terms, household terms, scientific words and phrases, units of measurement, clothing, food and dining, transportation, art and culture:24 separate themes in all. The new second edition has been expanded and updated with increased vocabulary.

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5 .) Mise en scène: cinéma et lecture by Cheryl Krueger & Elizabeth Dolly Weber & Brigitte G

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Vista Wide

Mise en scene: Cinema et lecture uniquely motivates students to build and practice their French language skills through the study of film by balancing attention to content, culture, and communication. Using authentic films and readings created for French-speaking audiences, Mise en scene guides students to expand their capacity to use French as they engage independently with these materials and interactively with fellow students and native speakers.

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4 .) Moments Litteraires: An Anthology for Intermediate French by Bette Hirsch & Chantal Thompson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Vista Wide

Using a proficiency-oriented approach, Moments litteraires provides intermediate- to advanced-level French students with an excellent introduction to French and francophone literary masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the present day. The selections are carefully chosen for their popular appeal, student interest, and linguistic accessibility. An innovative pre- and post-reading apparatus allows students to increase their proficiency in the four skills as they develop a working knowledge of French literature.

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3 .) Le Petit Nicolas et les Copains by Rene Goscinny

Lists It Appears On:

  • Francai Simmersion
  • French Your Way
  • ILA France

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2 .) Easy French Step-by-step by Myrna Bell Rochester

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • French Crazy
  • The French Post

Get up and running with French Easy French Step-by-Step proves that a solid grounding in grammar basics is the key to mastering a second language. You are quickly introduced to grammatical rules and concepts in order of importance, which you can build on as you progress through the book. You will also learn more than 300 verbs, chosen by their frequency of use. Numerous exercises and engaging readings help you quickly build your speaking and comprehension prowess.

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1 .) 501 French Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses and Moods in a New Easy-To-Learn Format by Christopher Kendris

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • French Crazy
  • Goodreads

The new, updated edition of this popular book of French verbs and general language guide is now printed in two colors for increased ease of reference. The most important and most commonly used French verbs are presented alphabetically in chart form, one verb per page, and conjugated in all persons and tenses, both active and passive. This thorough guide to the use of verbs features many additional references and tips, including a bilingual list of more than 1,250 additional French verbs, helpful expressions and idioms for travelers, and verb drills and tests with questions answered and explained. French language students will also find an index of English-French verbs, a section on verbs used in French idiomatic expressions, and more than 1,000 additional French regular verbs conjugated like the book’s model verbs.

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The 220+ Additional French Language Books



 

# Books Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
15 1000 French Words in Context: A Self-Study Guide for French Language Learners (Essential Vocabulary Series Book 2) Alex Forero Goodreads
16 1001 Questions to Test Your French Elizabeth Allen Goodreads
17 101 French Idioms Jean-Marie Cassagne Goodreads
18 À L’Aventure: An Introduction to French Language and Francophone Cultures Evelyne Charvier-Berman Vista Wide
19 A plus d’un Titre French Your Way
20 A Short Course in Reading French Celia Brickman Goodreads
21 À votre tour! Intermediate French Jean-Paul Valette Vista Wide
22 À vous d’écrire: Atelier de français Gisèle Loriot-Raymer Vista Wide
23 Advanced French Monique L’Huillier Fluent U
24 Allons-y! Le Français par étapes Jeannette D. Bragger Vista Wide
25 Amulet: Le gardien de la pierre Kazu Kibuishi CBC
26 An Introduction to French Pronunciation Glanville Price Vista Wide
27 Après vous, M. de La Fontaine… (Contrefables) French Your Way
28 Astérix French Your Way
29 Autour de la littérature. Ecriture et lecture aux cours moyens de français Peter Schofer Vista Wide
30 Berlitz Self-Teacher for French The French Post
31 Better Reading French: A Reader and Guide to Improving Your Understanding of Written French Annie Heminway Vista Wide
32
Big Things, Little Things, Skinny Things, Wide Things
Microsoft
33 Bilingual Book in English and French: Mouse – Souris Colin Hann Goodreads
34 Bone Jeff Smith CBC
35 Bonne continuation: approfondissement à l’écrit et à l’oral Nina M. Furry Vista Wide
36 Bravo! Judith Muyskens Vista Wide
37 Business French. An Intermediate Course Jean-Luc Penfornis Vista Wide
38 C’est la vie! A French Reader Evelyne Amon Vista Wide
39 Can an Elephant Fit in a Box? Microsoft
40 Cas pratiques pour le Francais des Affaires Salvatore Federico Vista Wide
41 Ce Jour-Là French Your Way
42 Chagrin d’Ecole French Your Way
43 Chez Nous: Branche sur le monde francophone Albert Valdman Vista Wide
44 Classiques pour débutants Raymond F. Comeau Vista Wide
45 Collage: Révision de grammaire Lucia F Baker Vista Wide
46 Collins-Robert French-English, English-French Dictionary =: Robert-Collins Dictionnaire Francais-Anglais, Anglais-Francais Collins Goodreads
47 Comme Un Roman French Your Way
48 Communicating In French: Intermediate Level Conrad J. Schmitt Vista Wide
49 Communicating In French: Novice Level Conrad J. Schmitt Vista Wide
50 Complete French Grammar Larousse Goodreads
51 Complete Guide to Conjugating: 12,000 French Verbs Bescherelle Goodreads
52 Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language Claire Handscombe Goodreads
53 Contrastes: Grammaire du français courant Denise Rochat Vista Wide
54 Contre-Courants: Les femmes s’écrivent à travers les siècles Mary Ann Caws Vista Wide
55 Controverses Larbi Oukada Vista Wide
56 Cosmétique De L’Ennemi French Your Way
57 Cyrano de Bergerac French Your Way
58 Débuts. An Introduction to French H. Jay Siskin Vista Wide
59 Deux mondes: A Communicative Approach Tracy D Terrell Vista Wide
60 Developing Writing Skills in French Graham Bishop Vista Wide
61 Dictionnaire Des Synonymes Larousse Goodreads
62 Diversité. La nouvelle francophone James Gaasch Vista Wide
63
Do You Know Shapes? Do You Know Sizes? Put them Together to Build the World – Baby & Toddler Size & Shape Books
Microsoft
64 Drôles de Bêtes French Your Way
65 Ecouter pour s’exprimer James Strancel Vista Wide
66 Ensemble: Grammaire en action Raymond F. Comeau Vista Wide
67 Ensuite: Cours intermédiaire de français Chantal Thompson Vista Wide
68 Exercices De Style French Your Way
69 Exercises in French Phonics Francis W Fluent U
70 Explorations: La littérature du monde français (with Système-D 3.0 CD-ROM: Writing Assistant for French) Susan Schunk Vista Wide
71 Facile à dire: Les Sons du français Annie Duménil Vista Wide
72 Facon De Parler 2 Activity Book 4th edition Angela Aries Goodreads
73 Facon de Parler 2 Complete Pack 4th Edition Angela Aries Goodreads
74 Facon De Parler: Pt.1: French for Beginners Angela Aries Goodreads
75 Faisons le point! Discussion et reflexion Karen Harrington Vista Wide
76 First French Reader for Beginners: Bilingual for Speakers of English Eugene Gotye Goodreads
77 First French Reader: A Beginner’s Dual-Language Book Stanley Appelbaum Goodreads
78 French Gaëlle Graham Goodreads
79 French for Business: An Integrative Approach for Advanced Beginners Dominique Van Hooff Vista Wide
80 French for Oral and Written Review Charles Carlut Vista Wide
81 French for Reading Karl C. Sandberg Vista Wide
82 French Grammar and Usage Roger Hawkins Vista Wide
83 French Phonetics Trudie Maria Booth Vista Wide
84 French Stories/Contes Francais: A Dual-Language Book Wallace Fowlie Goodreads
85 French Verb Drills R. de Roussy de Sales Goodreads
86 Friday or wildlife, Michel Tournier ILA France
87 Get to Grips with French Grammar Elizabeth Allen Goodreads
88 Graded French Reader: Deuxième Étape Camille Bauer Vista Wide
89 Graded French Reader: Première Étape Camille Bauer Vista Wide
90 Grammaire En Clair Paul Rogers Goodreads
91 Grammaire Progressive du Français Maïa Grégoire Goodreads
92 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais Textbook + CD-ROM Various Goodreads
93 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais: Corriges Odile Thiévenaz Goodreads
94 Grammmaire Française Jacqueline Ollivier Vista Wide
95 Grand Dictionnaire Allemand-Francais Francais-Allemand =: Grosssworterbuch Deutsch-Franzosisch Franzosich-Deutsch Pierre Grappin Goodreads
96 Great French Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book Jennifer Wagner Goodreads
97 Great French Tales of Fantasy/Contes fantastiques célèbres: A Dual-Language Book Stanley Appelbaum Goodreads
98 Hide This French Book Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller Goodreads
99 Horizons Joan H. Manley Vista Wide
100 I Don’t Have to Change At All Microsoft
101 I Want to Look and Feel My Best Microsoft
102 INSIGHT GUIDES – PARIS French Crazy
103 Introduction to French Poetry: A Dual-Language Book Stanley Appelbaum Goodreads
104 Invitation au monde francophone Gilbert A. Jarvis Vista Wide
105 Je veux bien! Jeannette D. Bragger Vista Wide
106 Jean De Florette French Your Way
107 Journal Infime, Lou! By Julien Neel CBC
108 L’Art de Lire: Le Récit Geoffrey Hope Vista Wide
109 L’Enfant des Neiges French Your Way
110 L’Essentiel de la grammaire française Leon-Franco Hoffmann Vista Wide
111 L’Or Sous la Neige French Your Way
112 L’élégance du hérisson
Francai Simmersion
113 L’étranger
Francai Simmersion
114 La civilisation française en évolution I – Institutions et culture avant la Ve République Ronald St.Onge Vista Wide
115 La civilisation française en évolution II – Institutions et culture depuis la Ve République Ross Steele Vista Wide
116 La délicatesse
Francai Simmersion
117 La fille de papier
Francai Simmersion
118 La France contemporaine William F. Edmiston Vista Wide
119 La Gloire De Mon Père French Your Way
120 La Grammaire à l’oeuvre Text John Barson Vista Wide
121 La Part de l’Autre French Your Way
122 La Première Nuit
Francai Simmersion
123
La Sorcière de la Rue Mouffetard et Autres Contes de la Rue Broca
French Your Way
124 La Vénus d’Ille French Your Way
125 Langenscheidt Praktisches Lehrbuch Französisch Braco Lukenic Goodreads
126 Langenscheidts Handwörterbuch, Französisch Deutsch Manfred Bleher Goodreads
127 Langenscheidts Volkswörterbuch Französisch. Französisch-Deutsch / Deutsch-Französisch Langenscheidt Goodreads
128 Larousse Advanced Dictionary, Grand Dictionnaire French/English English/French Larousse Goodreads
129 Larousse Dictionnaire Des Difficultes De La Langue Francaise Adolphe V. Thomas Goodreads
130 Le Bon Usage Fluent U
131 Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme French Your Way
132 Le Château de Ma Mère French Your Way
133 Le Comte de Monte-Cristo French Your Way
134 Le confident
Francai Simmersion
135 Le Coupeur De Mots French Your Way
136 Le Fils de la Lumière (Ramsès, part 1) French Your Way
137
Le Gentil Petit Diable et Autres Contes de la Rue Broca
French Your Way
138 Le Mystère de la Chambre Jaune French Your Way
139 Le Père Goriot
Francai Simmersion
140 Le Roi Salami Nick Bland CBC
141 Les Aventures De Cosmo Patrice Racine CBC
142 Les Femmes Savantes French Your Way
143 Les Fourmis French Your Way
144 Les Francais Laurence Wylie Vista Wide
145 Les Malheurs de Sophie French Your Way
146 Les misérables
Francai Simmersion
147 Les P’tits Diables Olivier Dutto CBC
148 Les Schtroumpfs French Your Way
149 Les Trois Mousquetaires French Your Way
150 Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas French Your Way
151 Lettres de Mon Moulin French Your Way
152 Looking Good in the Skin I’m In Microsoft
153 Mais oui! Chantal P. Thompson Vista Wide
154 Manon des Sources French Your Way
155 Merriam-Webster’s French-English Dictionary, newest paperback edition Anonymous Goodreads
156 Mini French Phrase Book Elizabeth Allen Goodreads
157 Modern French Grammar Margaret Lang Vista Wide
158
Mommy Says I Can Do It! A Shape and Color Book for Children
Microsoft
159 Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt ILA France
160 Montage: Deuxième niveau Lucia F Baker Vista Wide
161 Motifs: An Introduction to French Kimberly Jansma Vista Wide
162
My Ball is a Circle and My Table is a Square! I Know My Shapes for Kids – Baby & Toddler Size & Shape Books
Microsoft
163 MY FIRST FRENCH BOOK French Crazy
164 Ni d’Eve Ni d’Adam (French Edition) French Your Way
165 Nos Amis les Humains French Your Way
166 Oscar Et La Dame Rose French Your Way
167 Ouvertures: Cours Intermédiaire de Francais H. Jay Siskin Vista Wide
168 Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary Marie-Hélène Corréard Goodreads
169 Panaché littéraire Mary J. Baker Vista Wide
170 Parallèles: Communication et culture Nicole Fouletier-Smith Vista Wide
171 Parlons affaires! Initiation au français économique et commercial R.-J. Berg Vista Wide
172 Paroles: Introductory French Sally Sieloff Magnan Vista Wide
173 Pas à pas French: Listening Speaking Vista Wide
174 Personnages. An Intermediate Course in French Language and Francophone Culture Michael Oates Vista Wide
175 PONS Kompaktwörterbuch Französisch Frédéric Auvrai Goodreads
176 PONS-Wörterbuch für Schule und Studium: Französisch – Deutsch Frédéric Auvrai Goodreads
177 Quant à moi … – Témoignages des Français et des Francophones Jeannette D. Bragger Vista Wide
178 Que serais-je sans toi ?
Francai Simmersion
179 Rapports. An Introduction to French Language and Francophone Culture Joel Walz Vista Wide
180 Raymie Nightingale Kate DiCamillo CBC
181 Reading French in Arts and Science E. M. Stack Vista Wide
182 Rendez-vous Judith A Muyskens Vista Wide
183 Sans détour: A Complete Reference Manual for French Grammar Priscilla Gac-Artigas Vista Wide
184 Savoir dire Diane Dansereau Vista Wide
185 Savoir-Faire. An Advanced French Course Elspeth Broady Vista Wide
186 Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar Mary Coffman Crocker Goodreads
187 Se retrouver, pour mieux se séparer…
Francai Simmersion
188 Sept Jours Pour Une Eternité French Your Way
189 Short Stories in French: New Penguin Parallel Text Fluent U
190 Skills and Techniques for Reading French Louise C. Seibert Vista Wide
191 Small Hands, Big Hearts Microsoft
192 Souris! Racine Telgemeier CBC
193 Specialized CLE International publisher ILA France
194 Standard French-English, English-French Dictionary Larousse Goodreads
195
STUFF PARISIANS LIKE: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi
French Crazy
196 Stupeur et tremblements French Your Way
197 Sur le vif Hannelore Jarausch Vista Wide
198 Système-D 4.0 CD-ROM. Writing Assistant for French James S. Noblitt Vista Wide
199 Tâches d’encre. French Composition H. Jay Siskin Vista Wide
200 Teach Yourself French Grammar Robin Adamson Goodreads
201 Teach Yourself French Vocabulary Noel St. Thomas Goodreads
202 Teach Yourself Improve Your French Package (Book + 2 CDs) Jean-Claude Arragon Goodreads
203 The French Experience Isabelle Fournier Goodreads
204 The French Experience 1. Authors, Marie-Thrse Bougard, Danile Bourdais Anny King Goodreads
205 The French Experience 2: CD’s 1-5 Jeanine Picard Goodreads
206 The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ILA France
207 The New Penguin French Reader: Dual Language Simon Lee Goodreads
208 The Penguin Book of French Poetry: 1820-1950; With Prose Translations William Rees Goodreads
209
The Queen Who Ruled for 44 Years – Biography of Queen Elizabeth 1
Microsoft
210 Thinking French Translation Sándor Hervey Vista Wide
211 Tintin French Your Way
212 Tout Ensemble: A Complete Intermediate French Program Raymond F. Comeau Vista Wide
213 Transition: découverte du texte littéraire Madeleine Hage Vista Wide
214 Trésors littéraires: Initiation à la littérature française et francophone Anne-Marie Bourbon Vista Wide
215 Un style certain: Les Mots pour l’ecrire Monique Fol Vista Wide
216 Vagabondages littéraires: Initiation à la littérature d’expression française Scott Carpenter Vista Wide
217 Vis-à-vis: Beginning French by Evelyne Amon Judith A. Muyskens Vista Wide
218 Voilà! An Introduction to French L. Kathy Heilenman Vista Wide
219 Voyage au pays des arbres
Francai Simmersion
220 Webster’s New World French Grammar and Exercises Anonymous Goodreads


10 Best Books For Learning To Speak French Sources/Lists



Source Article
CBC 8 Books Your French Immersion Student Won’t Be Able To Put Down …
Fluent U The 13 Best French Textbooks for French Learners of Any Level
Francai Simmersion Top 15 French Books to Learn French Fast! – Français Immersion
French Crazy The Best French Books – FrenchCrazy
French Your Way Recommended French Reading List – French Your Way
Goodreads French Language Learning Resources (52 books) – Goodreads
ILA France The most popular recommended books in French for beginners | ILA
Microsoft Buy A Kid’s Guide to Learning French | A Children’s Learn French Books
The French Post Best Learn French Books | The French Post
Vista Wide French Textbooks – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced French

 

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