Help please! [GCSE-level books in French / self-teaching Mandarin]Watch
does anyone know any good ones I can easily get from a library?
Also can anyone recommend any beginners Mandarin books so I can start to self-teach?
I can't think of anything tbh, although you could try and find a french translation of something you've read in English (e.g. Harry Potter) because then you won't have to look in a dictionary every other second to keep hold of the plot.
I didn't read any french literature until the second half of my AS year so I think you're getting a bit ahead of yourself! No reason why you shouldn't try, but I still find reading in French really tough and frustrating at times so be warned.
I read a couple of very short, very basic childrens books during gcse. Even though they are basic, it still felt nice to be able to read something authentic, rather than a generic paragraph about how "she went by plane to France. She stayed in a Hotel for a week". You don't have to go for the really basic "a is fo..." books, maybe a short fairytale or whatever.
Don't be put off by the fact they're aimed at like 5/6/7 year olds... it still feels nice to have achieved something!
Thats probably the type of texts that are closest to GCSE standard. Bonne chance