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kerateo
Triglot
Senior Member
Mexico
Joined 3912 days ago

112 posts - 180 votes 
Speaks: Spanish*, English, French
Studies: Italian

 
 Message 49 of 64
04 February 2012 at 7:33am | IP Logged 
Elexi wrote:
kerateo wrote:
I´ve seen records of La Pratique in Priceminister.com..


Hey, thanks for that. I bought them and they are now being transferred to my computer -
very good they are too - and they contain old German songs, bonus!


Ejem, share the wealth... djajan (at) yahoo.com

I dont know why assimil stopped using songs with the new versions of their courses, it
was one of the best features, with french without toil I learned to sign "la
marseillaise" :)
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Diglot
Senior Member
United Kingdom
Joined 4049 days ago

781 posts - 1310 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Portuguese, Mandarin, Yiddish, German

 
 Message 50 of 64
05 February 2012 at 12:00am | IP Logged 
What an amazing course this sounds, not only the spoken language, literature,
songs...but sign language too!    ;-)


kerateo wrote:
Elexi wrote:
kerateo wrote:
I´ve seen records of La Pratique in
Priceminister.com..


Hey, thanks for that. I bought them and they are now being transferred to my computer
-
very good they are too - and they contain old German songs, bonus!


Ejem, share the wealth... djajan (at) yahoo.com

I dont know why assimil stopped using songs with the new versions of their courses, it
was one of the best features, with french without toil I learned to sign "la
marseillaise" :)

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Cabaire
Senior Member
Germany
Joined 3865 days ago

725 posts - 1351 votes 

 
 Message 51 of 64
05 February 2012 at 12:55am | IP Logged 
After finishing the course, you could have joined this:

"En ouverture du match de la Coupe du monde de rugby qui a opposé la France à la Géorgie, 16 sourds ont interprété la Marseillaise en langage des signes devant 60.000 spectateurs et des millions de téléspectateurs."

There are courses in Sign language at our local university. I wonder whether an Assimil course "Sign language without toil" would be imaginable. The audio would have to be videos of course...

Edited by Cabaire on 05 February 2012 at 12:56am

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kerateo
Triglot
Senior Member
Mexico
Joined 3912 days ago

112 posts - 180 votes 
Speaks: Spanish*, English, French
Studies: Italian

 
 Message 52 of 64
05 February 2012 at 1:09am | IP Logged 
God! one tiny dyslexic mistake and I get bullied, I´m gonna sue you all for damages!!! ;)
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brunilda
Newbie
United States
Joined 3323 days ago

4 posts - 6 votes
Speaks: Spanish*

 
 Message 53 of 64
11 July 2012 at 9:57pm | IP Logged 
1. Norvégien sans peine (EXCELLENT. Funny, super useful, not your run of the mill course. The dialogues are just so good. And one of the norwegian women has the sexiest voice ever :-) )
2. Le nouveau grec sans peine (working on it now, on lesson 12. I like it although, WHY, WHY all those lessons about hotel stuff??? How boring.)
3. Le Swahili sans peine, le japonais sans peine (arguably, these could be ranked second with the greek--their dialogues are not as boring as those from the greek, but somehow I got into Greek more, than into the other two), Le turc sans peine (on lesson 5 now--the book is not bad, but even I as a newbie can spot spelling mistakes (sigh) )
4. L'arabe is simply, AWFUL! If I remember correctly, their first lesson is "kataba!" followed by a stupid grammar lesson. How this got past the assimil editors is a mystery to me!
Full disclosure: I adapted two conversation guides for ASSIMIL, and work regularly as one of their reviewers.

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luke
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Senior Member
United States
Joined 5471 days ago

3133 posts - 4350 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Esperanto, French

 
 Message 54 of 64
12 July 2012 at 12:46am | IP Logged 
1) Using French
2) New French with Ease
3) Using Spanish
4) New Spanish with Ease

For me, both of the Assimil French courses with an English base are good.
Using Spanish has interesting dialogs, but terrible translations.
New Spanish with Ease I rated low because early dialogs are recorded crazy slow. Also, a lot of the early lessons are disjointed sentences, not a dialog or narrative.

Edited by luke on 12 July 2012 at 12:48am

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kanewai
Triglot
Senior Member
United States
justpaste.it/kanewai
Joined 3155 days ago

1386 posts - 3054 votes 
Speaks: English*, French, Marshallese
Studies: Italian, Spanish

 
 Message 55 of 64
12 July 2012 at 1:09am | IP Logged 
Five Stars
- none yet.

Four Stars
- French with Ease. Nicely paced, and mostly interesting dialogues. Less one star for
some parts that drag.
- Spanish with Ease. Denser than the French, and with darker, more Gothic story lines.

3 1/2 Stars
- Using French. There aren't many resources at this level, and so this is still a very
useful book. But it wastes a lot of chapters on a dull story about a dull couple's
romance, and I'm not sure how current a lot of the idioms and slang it uses are. I'd
still recommend this book, but I feel like it could've been much better.

2 Stars
- Arabe tunisien de poche. A "Guide to Conversation" and not a coursebook. The voice
actors on the recordings are nice, but this is just another phrasebook & difficult to
learn with.

1 Star
- L'arabe. For all the reasons already discussed.

Edited by kanewai on 12 July 2012 at 1:10am

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Matematik
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United Kingdom
Joined 2785 days ago

5 posts - 5 votes

 
 Message 56 of 64
12 July 2012 at 3:45pm | IP Logged 
I think that Assimil is way too expensive for what it is.

I mean, you get a Textbook and 4 CDs of a similar quality to Teach Yourself, which can cost a quater of what an Assimil course costs.

I'm not saying Assimil courses aren't good, but clearing Assimil as a company is all about maximizing profits.

Edited by Matematik on 12 July 2012 at 3:45pm



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