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Mutant
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: French, German

 
 Message 337 of 376
18 March 2014 at 11:27pm | IP Logged 
So far for me it's Assimil (Spanish and French), FSI (Spanish), and Linguaphone (Thai), with Assimil being my hands-down favorite. I will turn to it in the future for my language learning needs first.

I also like the series of "Essential Grammars" published by Dover. I have them for French and Spanish and they make a great companion to Assimil. And they're cheap!

Of course, I wouldn't have known about any of these resources if it weren't for all of the much more experienced polyglots on this forum, so thank you all!
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JasonUK
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United Kingdom
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Speaks: English*, Mandarin, French
Studies: Thai, Spanish

 
 Message 338 of 376
18 March 2014 at 11:33pm | IP Logged 
Hi Mutant. I bought a ton of resources for Thai. I tried the Linguaphone PDQ which was utter rubbish. Or you
referring to the Linguaphone complete course? Did you really pay all that money for it? I also have the assimil Thai is
a very good course but it's only good for you if your french is good.

I want to also add the 'colloquial books' They teach about 40+ languages and they are normally better than teach
yourself although i'm still a fan of the teach yourself book.
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Mutant
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: French, German

 
 Message 339 of 376
19 March 2014 at 10:29am | IP Logged 
JasonUK wrote:
Hi Mutant. I bought a ton of resources for Thai. I tried the Linguaphone PDQ which was utter rubbish. Or you
referring to the Linguaphone complete course? Did you really pay all that money for it? I also have the assimil Thai is
a very good course but it's only good for you if your french is good.

I want to also add the 'colloquial books' They teach about 40+ languages and they are normally better than teach
yourself although i'm still a fan of the teach yourself book.


No, I bought the complete Thai course. Yeah, I paid quite a bit for it, but it's really a great course. Four books, 8 cds, 40 lessons. I'll have to check out the Assimil course.

Edited by Mutant on 19 March 2014 at 10:30am

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lsilvaj
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Senior Member
Brazil
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34 posts - 42 votes
Speaks: Portuguese*, English
Studies: German, Italian, French, Russian

 
 Message 340 of 376
06 April 2014 at 4:48pm | IP Logged 
I like Pimsleur. It has its faults (several), but nothing beats it when you're daily stuck on traffic for 30 min. Hell, I even like to listen to it at the gym, on the treadmill.

I have finished French IV and now been doing German IV. I hope to post a review some of these days.

My other favorite methods are Assimil and TY. Michel Thomas was great for French and German, too.
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baokieu
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Vietnam
LangReviews.com
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Speaks: Vietnamese*
Studies: EnglishC2

 
 Message 341 of 376
28 May 2014 at 10:03am | IP Logged 
lsilvaj wrote:
I like Pimsleur. It has its faults (several), but nothing beats it when you're daily stuck on traffic for 30 min. Hell, I even like to listen to it at the gym, on the treadmill.

I have finished French IV and now been doing German IV. I hope to post a review some of these days.

My other favorite methods are Assimil and TY. Michel Thomas was great for French and German, too.


Your choice is very close to mine: Assimil, Michel Thomas, and Pimsleur.
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baokieu
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Vietnam
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Speaks: Vietnamese*
Studies: EnglishC2

 
 Message 342 of 376
29 May 2014 at 1:08pm | IP Logged 
Hi,
I counted all of your “likes” for programs (from Sept 28, 2009 – May 10, 2014) and summed them up. (It took me a long time)

Here is the result:
1. Assimil:        61 likes
2. Pimsleur:         52 likes
3. Michel Thomas:       35 likes
4. Teach Yourself:      26 likes
5.   FSI:          25 likes

My count could be wrong for +/- 5 “likes” as the maximum for each program, but should not be much than that.
The full list (to the 11th program) is on my website:

http://langreviews.com/pimsleur-language-review/#sumup

Edited by baokieu on 29 May 2014 at 1:13pm

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PeterMollenburg
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Speaks: English*
Studies: FrenchB1

 
 Message 343 of 376
29 May 2014 at 1:49pm | IP Logged 
My top list out of the programs I have used to date:

1 Destinos (Spanish only)- beginners up
2 French in Action (French only) - beginners up
3 Assimil - beginners up
4 Bien-dire magazine - I recommend intermediate onwards
5 Think French magazine - intermediate onwards
6 Fluenz (best computer based program I've seen)
7 Hugo in 3 months series (great grammar overview in short time)
8 Colloquial series (Good supplemental material in conjunction with Hugo)


Edited by PeterMollenburg on 29 May 2014 at 1:49pm

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Amo
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Spain
idiomas247.com
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3 posts - 3 votes
Studies: English*

 
 Message 344 of 376
17 June 2014 at 11:28am | IP Logged 
I have used Rosetta Stone and Mattey Method at www.idiomas247.com. It´s pretty amazing, it´s the first time I have
ever tried to learn a language outside of my own. Initially I thought it was ridiculous because it focuses on speaking
before you get to see the grammar. You learn through listening and speaking and later you go through vocabulary
to understand what you have heard and spoken about with a tutor.

You have a week or two where you don´t remember anything and it´s all very confusing and then it all suddenly
falls in to place in your mind and your understanding becomes crystal clear.

I don´t know enough about the other methods on here, could someone tell me what TY is?

Thanks


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