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datsunking1
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 Message 33 of 64
23 May 2011 at 5:04am | IP Logged 
I love German With Ease, I've done through enough of it to BS my way around and get across what I need to say (I'm on lesson 20) I'll be finished by the end of summer :)

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Elexi
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 Message 34 of 64
23 May 2011 at 9:23am | IP Logged 
One of the lessons in German Without Toil says that you should spend 20-30 minutes a day. But, lets all be honest here, unless you are a natural born linguist, you have to spend an heck of a lot longer than that to get the best out of Assimil - I'd say at least 30 minutes on one lesson and 30 minutes reviewing previous lessons and going over the previous exercises.
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fanatic
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 Message 35 of 64
24 May 2011 at 10:02am | IP Logged 
Elexi wrote:
One of the lessons in German Without Toil says that you should spend 20-30 minutes a day. But, lets all be honest here, unless you are a natural born linguist, you have to spend an heck of a lot longer than that to get the best out of Assimil - I'd say at least 30 minutes on one lesson and 30 minutes reviewing previous lessons and going over the previous exercises.


I wouldn't dream of being dishonest.

I spent 20-30 minutes a day using German Without Toil. I began with zero knowledge of German. My starting vocabulary would have been ja and nein and kaput.

I was able to hold simple conversations with German friends in a few weeks. I found that 20-30 minutes a day seemed to be the optimum time. As I got towards the end of the course I found I spent longer on each lesson - often stretching a lesson to two days.

If I stretched a lesson to double the time I didn't accomplish twice as much. I was happy with my progress and didn't find any need for longer lessons.

And, as I have written elsewhere, I would break the lessons up into sessions of 5 to 10 minutes at a time through the day but I would be mentally rehearsing what I had learnt as I walked down the street or carried out tasks that didn't require my concentration.

I worked my way through the Lewis Robbins Italian For Travelers Reinforced Learning method in less than two weeks. He advised no more than 20 minutes and I was able to converse in simple Italian and get around Italy. It gave me a good basis for the language.
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stout
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 Message 36 of 64
27 May 2011 at 6:23pm | IP Logged 
I am using the New French With Ease course by Assimil at present and I find it pretty
good.It certainly beats Rosetta Stone anyday.

Edited by stout on 27 May 2011 at 6:24pm

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tractor
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 Message 37 of 64
27 May 2011 at 7:26pm | IP Logged 
datsunking1 wrote:
I love German With Ease, I've done through enough of it to BS my way around and get across
what I need to say (I'm on lesson 20) I'll be finished by the end of summer :)

What about German without Toil? Did you give up?
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liddytime
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 Message 38 of 64
25 January 2012 at 8:45pm | IP Logged 
liddytime wrote:
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!!

yet another bump!
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Abdalan
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 Message 39 of 64
25 January 2012 at 10:52pm | IP Logged 
When you say "German", which version do you mean, friends?

I have 4 Assimil books for German.

Here's the picture:



Edit: (larger) http://abdalan.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/colagens.jpg



Edited by Abdalan on 26 January 2012 at 12:33am

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tmp011007
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 Message 40 of 64
26 January 2012 at 7:49pm | IP Logged 
Abdalan wrote:
When you say "German", which version do you mean, friends?

I have 4 Assimil books for German.

Here's the picture:



Edit: (larger) http://abdalan.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/colagens.jpg


nice.. maybe the french one?


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