Olly has created a great book, which is elegant in it's simplicity. With just a few pages in each section, you don't have to wade through endless text. These pages are just short conversations of an over arching story. The book instructs you not to look up words as you read, you just continue through. And you do get the gist of what is happening, however, I would imaging only if you already know a few words already. I possibly know a couple hundred french words, but not grammar. With out that knowledge of this basic words, I would find it very difficult to even have a small understanding of what is going on in the conversation. This is why I think this is a great step once you have some of the basics in the language down already. The text does help a lot, but It would be greatly enhanced by hearing the words spoken also.
Funnily enough finding reading material in the early stages for learning foreign languages are hard to find even with the internet. In this book there are approximately 100 short stories. Plenty of material to read and re-read. Written in dialogue form (like a script). Each story has a short introduction to help you understand the stories content. A short vocabulary list is included at the end. Clear instructions are given at the beginning. The advice given is very helpful.
I liked this because it has 101 simple interesting stories on a theme so the number of new words each story is not overwhelming, and it is easy to get the general idea and even to guess some words. As other reviewers have mentioned this fills a decided gap for easy to pickup stories for those of us who learn that way. The kindle price is a steal!
This book starts out with a clear and concise “how to use” section, and then launches into short but entertaining stories all in French with a useful vocabulary list at the end for some of the less common words. Read 5 chapters in one session, and will now make this a part of my learning regime. Having the chapters very short is a great way to start for beginners. Thanks Ollie!