French Bilingual Books

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department,
a collection of French books
"A different language is a different vision of life..."

Here is a riddle in French:

  • Je parle toutes les langues et j'ai tout le temps la tête à l'envers. Qui suis-je?
  • I speak all languages, and I always have my head upside down. Who am I?

French bilingual editions—Folio bilingue (Bilingual Folio) and Bilingue langues pour tous (Bilingual languages for all)—offer a choice of classical and contemporary works in the original languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish—side by side with French translations.

These bilingual books are wonderful language study companions. They give the opportunity to compare languages and offer a new window to see the world. "A different language is a different vision of life," says Federico Fellini. How would this idea be expressed in the original language and in the translation into French?


"Un linguaggio diverso è una diversa visione della vita."


"Une langue différente est une vision différente de la vie."

The short video French Bilingual Books offers a glimpse into the world of bilinguals, as well as unveils the answer to the riddle.