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Assimil French w/ Ease = B2?

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Andy E
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 Message 9 of 17
01 October 2010 at 1:42pm | IP Logged 
noriyuki_nomura wrote:
I just got my DELE B2 results, and I passed!!!


Congratulations!
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 Message 10 of 17
01 October 2010 at 1:48pm | IP Logged 
noriyuki_nomura wrote:
I just got my DELE B2 results, and I passed!!! What's surprising for me is, I got full marks for my oral section: 30/30 puntos! That's really surprising, given that I have never obtained full score for any of my verbal exams before, be it in English, Mandarin, German or any other languages...And as expected, my worst section was in listening: 9.55/15 puntos. Reading: 18/20 puntos; Written: 13.13/15puntos; and Vocabulary: 17.33/20 puntos. Altogether, I got 88.01%. It does seem that DELE are pretty generous with their evaluation...:)


Congratulations. That is great news. Well done.
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noriyuki_nomura
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 Message 11 of 17
01 October 2010 at 3:01pm | IP Logged 
Thanks for all the well wishes messages above :) I am indeed happy that I passed the exam, and even happier that I could manage to get full marks for the verbal section. As a matter of fact, I read somewhere before that Fanatic passed his Goethe German Exams and even spoke German at the university through the use of the Assimil programs, and that prompted me to try this method too, and it worked! :)))

Voila, hopefully my personal experience would inspire/encourage those of you to achieve your linguistic goals!

Edited by noriyuki_nomura on 01 October 2010 at 3:04pm

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Desacrator48
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 Message 12 of 17
02 October 2010 at 12:08am | IP Logged 
I'm very happy for you Nori, both because of your initial advice about utilizing Assimil and it's success for you and also because you have resurrected my old thread.

A little update on myself...I have been using Assimil New French with Ease and enjoying it so. I just completed lesson 23 today. The first 21 lessons were not bad, but now since 22 the lessons have gotten a little longer and more dense with fuller conversations (meaning fewer pauses and slightly faster speech).

I do each lesson for at least an hour, and quickly review a lesson sans book but with CD the next day. I also spend the hour of the review lesson reading over the text notes from the previous 6.

Nori, could you please enlighten me how you utilize your Assimil to achieve the results that you do with these DELE tests? I know these tests must mimic a rigid course-like exam but that is not at all how Assimil teaches you a language. Just wanted to know how you are able to translate the natural language skills you acquire with Assimil into something you can readily quantify and qualify for a graded test.

Thanks
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noriyuki_nomura
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 Message 13 of 17
04 October 2010 at 2:53pm | IP Logged 
Hi Desacrator48 :)

Thanks for your message, and I must say that, I am sorry that I actually sidetrack your thread, which was originally meant for French, rather than Spanish language.

Hmm, actually, how I did it was, I listened to the Assimil program for the entire day, ie. I did not just purposely set aside 1 hour daily just to study Spanish, but instead, I listened to the recordings for the entire day, if possible. It included my morning traveling from home to office (I would listen to the recordings during my train journey), and even while in the office, I continued to listen to the recordings. Sometimes, it could happen that I listened to many chapters at one go (but I would constantly repeat hearing them). Next, after work (from office back home), I would listen again and again, and this time round, I would combine it by reading the Assimil book. That's how I did it. And just a few days prior to the exam, I did a set of the sample exam, which gave me a big clue as to how the exam would look like.

Hopefully it helps! :)

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sammychanforeve
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 Message 14 of 17
04 October 2010 at 3:06pm | IP Logged 
Congratulations, Noriyuki.

May I ask how many weeks or months of this very intensive work with Assimil it took? Also, you said that you really only used Assimil. Did you ever feel during the exam that you wished you had had any more grammar-drill focused work?

I would love to hear about the oral exam by the way...

Sam
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noriyuki_nomura
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 Message 15 of 17
04 October 2010 at 5:39pm | IP Logged 
Hi Sammychanforever,

Hmm, I began this Assimil method somewhen around April/May and pursued it on a regular basis. At the same time, I am also listening/learning other languages such as Italian, Korean and Russian. I think what helped me the most is to write down the phrases in the Assimil books, so that I can learn and remember new words better...and at home, I would very often read aloud the Assimil books....and at times, read some newspapers online...

As for the oral section, the examiners began by asking me some basic questions, as in where I come from, what I am doing etc...then followed by a description of some graphics ie describe a story based on the graphics...and lastly, a discussion about travelling, and where I woul like to travel - city, mountains or to the beach...in fact, I was the most worried about my oral exam, since I had no one to speak Spanish to, and I think I mixed up some Spanish words with Italian...

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sammychanforeve
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 Message 16 of 17
05 October 2010 at 3:46am | IP Logged 
Noriyuki, thanks for the reply.

Very impressive for you to have come so far in such a short period of time, especially when working on other languages at the same time. I am glad to hear that the oral exam is manageable.


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