"I've been teaching myself French for quite awhile now using a free online site. I thought I could better my "exposure" and understanding of the language if I read a book I'm quite familiar with that has been translated into French. I haven't had the book long and I've already reached the point when Harry gets his Nimbus 2000 from McGonagall. I do think it a bit funny what some of the names have been translated to, and wonder why some changed but others didn't. Google Translate works well if I can't figure out what character is being referenced or is speaking, as well as figuring out certain sentences. I'm acutally understanding a lot more than I thought I would. It's been great so far. I hope to get the audio CD soon and follow along with the narrator. I don't know if the book is abridged or not, but it's still worth owning for the French practice." Barbara Greer said.
"I bought this for my Granddaughter who 8s studying Economics with a minor in French at Ga Tech.......she adored it!" Amazon Customer said.
"What better way to study French than to get a book you practically know by heart (with all of the rereading) in French. If I ever learn another language, you can bet that I will be getting Harry Potter in that language as well! And if you're feeling up to the task, get the audio-book as well and try to follow the story that way. What's strange is I can normally understand the written language well, but I can't follow along when it is being spoken.
(On a side-note, some of the words have changed in translation. Muggle is no longer muggle, etc. If you know the story, you'll follow along well.)
Happy reading!" Margaret F. said.
"I'm reading it to brush up on my French. It is an engaging story and the writing is not too complicated for an intermediate learner. I just started the 2nd book in the series." R. D. Terriere said.
"Very nice to find the book in French at a reasonable price. Very light weight and easy to carry" Leeds C. said.
"Shameful production. No pride of manufacture. Newspaper quality paper, smelly ink, impossibly flimsy. Very cheaply produced; this book is printed in China and cost them 50 cents to print probably. AND THERE ARE Advertisements in the book! I think if a book has advertisements in it, it should be free..." JJ said.
"This is my first time reading Harry Potter (despite friends heckling me to read the novels for years!). I am having fun reading it in French. I can see why the books are so popular!" luna said.