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liddytime
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 Message 25 of 64
19 May 2011 at 1:02pm | IP Logged 
liddytime wrote:
Lucky Charms wrote:
liddytime wrote:
Don't forget to take the survey!!!!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6638WW9


I was able to take the survey at this page before, but after I voted I was redirected
(without being shown the results) to a page inviting me to create an account, and now I'm
sent to that page whenever I visit this link. Do you know where those of us who have
voted can see the results?


Sure - use these

login : howtolearn
password : htlal

then go to analyze results and you will get a breakdown of the responses


I'm just bumping this to remind people to fill put their favorite (and least favorite) Assimil courses!!
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exscribere
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 Message 26 of 64
19 May 2011 at 5:55pm | IP Logged 
So far, I'm pretty unimpressed with Hindi sans peine. It's another one of the "My name is Nishka. My name is Indian, but I am French." "Who is that? That is Boris. Is he a student? Yes, he is a student. Who is that? That is Herman. He is German. He is also a student." types.
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Welltravelled
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 Message 27 of 64
19 May 2011 at 6:16pm | IP Logged 
I'm using Assimil German with Ease and Assimil German without Toil and they are both
excellent. I recommend using the together. Someone suggested this to me from the forum
and they really do compliment each other very well.

In fact I feel that the courses are so good in combination that they almost approach a
form of art. They really are exquisitely good!
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Welltravelled
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 Message 28 of 64
19 May 2011 at 6:19pm | IP Logged 
Only a shame there isn't an Assimil Using German as well, although I get the feeling that
once I've finished with these two courses combined, it probably wouldn't be necessary.
There really does appear to be a lot of German in these two books.
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tractor
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 Message 29 of 64
19 May 2011 at 6:30pm | IP Logged 
Welltravelled wrote:
Only a shame there isn't an Assimil Using German as well,

If you're French is good enough, there's a follow-up to each of the two courses: Assimil La pratique de l'allemand
(old) and Assimil Perfectionnement allemand (new).
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Welltravelled
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 Message 30 of 64
21 May 2011 at 8:01pm | IP Logged 
Thanks for that suggestion Tractor. I think you were the person who originally suggested
I use the German without Toil and German with Ease together. Thank you for that too -
they are awesome!
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jasoninchina
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 Message 31 of 64
22 May 2011 at 9:44am | IP Logged 
I have recently acquired two versions of the Italian Assimil program: one from the 50's and one that appears to be just a few years old. For those of you who are familiar with them, I'd like to hear your opinion on their strengths and weaknesses.

Also, the 1950's edition seems to say that I need only to spend a quarter of an hour per day on a lesson. And furthermore that I can complete one lesson in a day. Did I read this correctly?

I know that Italian will be easier than Mandarin to learn, but it can't be that much easier.

The main reason I'm asking about the differences is that I'm not sure I would want to be learning 50's Italian any more than I would want to learn 50's English. But, I've also heard some good things about older assimil editions.
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tractor
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 Message 32 of 64
22 May 2011 at 11:18am | IP Logged 
jasoninchina wrote:
Also, the 1950's edition seems to say that I need only to spend a quarter of an hour per day
on a lesson.

I haven't used Italian without Toil, but from my own experience with the French and the German ones, I'd say you
need to spend at least half an hour on each lesson (during the passive wave). The first few lessons are very easy and
can be done in less time, but the course quickly becomes more demanding as you progress.

jasoninchina wrote:
And furthermore that I can complete one lesson in a day.

Yes, that's one of the basic principles of Assimil: one lesson a day.


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