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Elexi
Senior Member
United Kingdom
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938 posts - 1837 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: French, German, Latin

 
 Message 281 of 376
17 July 2012 at 3:43pm | IP Logged 
How is that then? -

Pimsleur - 600 words in 3 levels (CEFR A1) - Assimil 2500+ words (CEFR B1)
Pimsleur - $690 for 3 levels - Assimil $80 book with 4 cds
Pimsleur - Limited reading - Assimil - Lots of reading
Pimsleur - No formal grammar explanation - inference only - Assimil - Formal grammar
explanation + inference.
Pimsleur - 50% of the audio is English speaker who sounds like a Football coach -
Assimil - Audio is purely native.

and it goes on...

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Jeffers
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United Kingdom
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2151 posts - 3960 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Hindi, Ancient Greek, French, Sanskrit, German

 
 Message 282 of 376
18 July 2012 at 2:00pm | IP Logged 
normatti wrote:
Thanks for the answer. I just began to use Assimil, and I don't know
what all the hype is
all about? Pimsleur beats it by far.


Elexi wrote:
How is that then? -

Pimsleur - 600 words in 3 levels (CEFR A1) - Assimil 2500+ words (CEFR B1)
Pimsleur - $690 for 3 levels - Assimil $80 book with 4 cds
Pimsleur - Limited reading - Assimil - Lots of reading
Pimsleur - No formal grammar explanation - inference only - Assimil - Formal grammar
explanation + inference.
Pimsleur - 50% of the audio is English speaker who sounds like a Football coach -
Assimil - Audio is purely native.

and it goes on...


Elexi forgot to add:

  • Assimil uses natural language and idioms
  • Pimsleur sounds formal and a
    bit unnatural
  • Assimil uses interesting and even funny texts
  • Pimsleur is
    generally quite boring


Nevertheless, both courses are useful and can complement each other quite well.

Edited by Jeffers on 18 July 2012 at 2:01pm

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swedeenz
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New ZealandRegistered users can see my Skype Name
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Speaks: English*
Studies: German, Bulgarian

 
 Message 283 of 376
15 August 2012 at 7:23am | IP Logged 
For the two languages I'm learning I've tried many various types of courses. One of my
favourites would have to be Assimil, It's a shame they don't have such a wide selection
in English, but maybe that's an excuse to learn French. I have an older edition of Teach
Yourself advanced German which I really have enjoyed, And TY Bulgarian which doesn't seem
too bad. I'm not a fan of Pimsleur or anything that is audio based because I find it hard
to learn by just listening I need to see and write things down.
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beano
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Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Russian, Serbian, Hungarian

 
 Message 284 of 376
08 September 2012 at 8:08am | IP Logged 
I really enjoyed the Michael Thomas advanced course. He hammers the hell out of verbs and I believe this is a good learning strategy. He doesn't offer much vocabulary but once you start conjugating verbs and thinking out sentences you really feel you are getting somewhere.

I didn't really need the foundation course when I discovered Michel, but I listened to it nonetheless. He stresses that foreign languages are not as alien as people think and that many words sound similar to their English counterparts. Any linguist could tell you that but for a beginner it can be very reassuring to find cognates and loanwords.

Edited by beano on 08 September 2012 at 8:08am

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ernestd
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United States
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Speaks: Spanish, Catalan*, English

 
 Message 285 of 376
10 September 2012 at 7:18pm | IP Logged 
duolingo.com No doubt about it
I recommend it 100 times more than assimil as the first resource to use when you start with a language.
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Tilia
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Denmark
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48 posts - 68 votes 
Speaks: Danish*, English
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 287 of 376
19 December 2012 at 1:27am | IP Logged 
Well I don't have a lot of experience with different language programs, but I must say I really enjoy listening to ”Show time Spanish” from radiolingua. It is a continuation course to ”Coffee break Spanish” but contrary to that course it dos have a native speaker, together with the teacher (who is the same as in coffee break Spanish). I like to listen to the “real” conversation in Spanish between the two of them and I understand most of it. I think that the teacher Mark (he is Scottish) has a nice way of explaining things and a pleasant voice. I have only listened to the free audio lessons, so I don’t know if the paid for extra material is any good.

I got hold of “Pimsleur Spanish 1” from the library and I was very curious to see what it was like, because it is so highly recommended on this forum. Though the Spanish 1 course is really below my current level and I find it a little bit boring I still think it is useful for practicing pronunciation and basic sentence construction, so I’ll keep using it.

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ribas
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Speaks: Portuguese*, English, Spanish, French, German
Studies: Italian, Mandarin

 
 Message 288 of 376
20 December 2012 at 2:53am | IP Logged 
I have to confess that I really love Pimsleur. I have completed Germân and French (3 levels) and Italian (2
levels - pretty easy for a romance speaker). I have also completed 7 lessons of Mandarin, 4 of Russian and
Romanian, 3 of Japanese and Hebrew. I agree it is not the most comprehensive method, but it certainly gives
you great pronounciation. Two of the most rewarding experiences I had as a language learner were seeing
the reaction of native speakers to me speaking my little mandarin and Romanian. As the ad goes, priceless.
The same folks told me I sounded a little formal, though.

I also love listening to Assimil French without toil, which are also great.

MT seems to be very effective, but It irritates me after a while...


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