Read a book in French and improve your French: “Paroles de Johnny” (Stéphane Deschamps & Frank Margerin – Chronique Editions)

You are maybe following a French Course in France, in Paris or in another area of France?

At the end of your French course in France, you might like to bring back home with you a few books which are not course books so you can keep practising your French whilst having fun?

Read a book in French and keep practising your French!

To read a book in French, you don’t need to have a great level of French. Of course, to understand such great works as René Descartes’s Discours de la méthode (also known as « Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth ») or Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Le contrat social (also known as the « the Principles of Political Rights »), you will need an excellent level of French. But you’ll find a great number of books which are much more easy and great fun to read.

Our advice is read a book in French and continue practising your French. Take the time to choose the book you would like to read and don’t forget that even if it needs a little effort to understand, you will find the experience very enjoyable!

Don’t hesitate to go to a bookshop such as la librairie Parallèles (*) or the FNAC at Châtelet les Halles, ask the staff for advice so they can recommend you books about topics you like and that you will enjoy reading.

For example, here is a little book which is both serious and amusing and which will help you revise your vocabulary and learn new expressions which were often used by Johnny Halliday, a very famous French singer, whose death in December 2017 saw an outpouring of grief throughout the whole of France.

From the first sentences in this book, “Paroles de Johnny”, you will enjoy practising your French and discover these famous expressions which contributed to make this popular singer a legend in France.

You can read a review of this very unusual little book on the PARIS-MOVE website, HERE, and do let us know what you think of this book and of all the others you will have enjoyed reading during your stay in France or once you’ve gone home.

(*) Librairie Parallèles, 47 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris