Les Portes Tordues: The Twisted Doors: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn French!

Les Portes Tordues: The Twisted Doors: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn French!

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Les Portes Tordues billed as "The Scariest Way in the World to Learn French!" is an exciting book and audio CD that teaches French by capturing and immersing students into an intriguing mystery. The author, Dr. Kathie Dior, has created this bilingual 46-chapter mystery adventure with line-by-line French-English text while uniquely integrating French vocabulary, grammar, expressions, tests and answers into each chapter. The multi-illustrated book is accompanied by an audio book CD narrated by a native French university instructor. Created for beginning and intermediate students ages 12 and up and adult self-learners, Les Portes Tordues is currently being taught by the author at Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780971022713
Publisher: Dior Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Edition description: Book & Compact Disc
Pages: 163
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.32(d)

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Laura K. Lawless

The Twisted Doors is so unique -- because it's a French-English bilingual book, grammar book, and audio book all rolled into one.

Andrea Slaughter

French teachers now have a brilliant tool... The Twisted Doors is engaging, exciting... it is a MUST for any French language classroom."

Association of Teachers of French

5 fleurs de lis

Professor Woodward

As an educator, I see your book as one of the absolute best language learning tools I have ever seen. It appeals to a wide audience and is so well written..."
—North Harris College

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Les Portes Tordues: The Twisted Doors: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn French! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Melissa48 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book and audio CD. My husband and I are brushing up on our French before traveling to France, and we are so pleased with this program. The line-by-line translation makes it easy to learn and understand new words and expressions. The audio CD is fantastic, and the French native speaker on the CD does a wonderful job of speaking clearly while simultaneously narrating the mystery story. Our French listening comprehension is greatly improving with this program! What makes this book outstanding is that it is not like any ordinary language-teaching tool: a mystery draws you to each new chapter, and as advertised, you must master it before going on to the next. How clever! I wish more French-language books were as brilliant as this one is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am studying French at home without a teacher. 'The Twisted Doors' book and its accompanying audio CD is the most helpful learning material I have bought. Not only is it very easy to study with this book, but it also seems to have something magical that keeps me always in a studying mood. The author, Kathie Dior, knows very well what the student needs, and it is written in that sense. The audio CD was recorded with high quality sound. The voice has a special intonation according to the situation described, which helps in the understanding of the text. There are many French books available for purchase on the web and here in my homeland of Argentina. But this book is the best.
lifelongquest More than 1 year ago
I hesitated to buy this book for a long time as I thought the reviews were too good to be true. I found that they are not. I'm an adult with two years of high school French. The first 20 or so chapters were a good review, then I started learning new things. The author gives a chapter of story, then a clear, concise description of any new concepts, a short quiz and you move on, or in my case I go back and listen and read the chapter again. The story really is creepy and perhaps there is something about it being creepy that helps you learn. At any rate, I find myself translating everything I see and even thinking a few thoughts in French. I am able to catch more when I watch French movies as well.
nicnikkiz More than 1 year ago
I almost gave up on french till I stumbled upon this book. It has everything you could ask for. If they made another book like this, for a sequel or something for a more difficult level to continue, I would buy it. Thanks for this masterpiece!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea sounded good, and I'm sure I will learn a few French fundamentals here. The accompanying CD, however, proved to be so irritating to listen to that it turned me off from the whole thing.