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Assimil (often styled as ASSiMiL) is a French company, founded by Alphonse Chérel in It creates and publishes foreign language courses, which began with their first book Anglais Sans Peine ("English Without Toil"). Assimil tends to include very vague instructions with their books. But Michael Listen to the recording a second time while looking at the English translation. 3. Find great deals on site for Assimil in Books About Nonfiction. Shop with Assimil Le French (livre) book - Francais sans peine - French for English speake.

If the method itself was designed to help you identify similar patterns and structures then that would make it utterly useless for languages like Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. What that means is that unlike typical courses which begin with a grammar point and then reinforce that grammar point with dialogues and exercises, Assimil has a strong emphasis on lexical chunk acquisition e.

As anyone who follows me knows, I always teach that a grammar-first approach to language learning is unnatural and backward. In the Assimil series, grammar explanations are a mere footnote. Instead, Assimil focuses on presenting you with complete, useable expressions and even the translation exercises which I mentioned above are for whole phrases rather than grammar drilling.

I found this incredibly convenient as I usually have to create my own audio files for learning using tools like Audacity which is very time-consuming. I can then put those short expressions into a tool like Anki to make flashcards using the audio with images or text, or I can just play them on repeat.

Many of the situational dialogues in Assimil appear completely random and strange, and are not going to be useful to most people in most circumstances.

These are just a few examples of the kind of bizarre and unnecessary scenarios the book presents. A big part of language learning is searching for high-frequency expressions that you use a lot and are personally relevant.

These are situational expressions that I could find useful in many other scenarios. So I take those expressions, use the MP3 files provided and discard the rest of the dialogue perhaps until another time.

Final note on the price: In response to this post, I received another email from Assimil.

Call this serendipity, call this whatever you want. From this point of view, Assimil was very disruptive at that time. But you have to be French or to be raised in France to understand this.

I mean we do not know how it works at a scientific level. Have you used Assimil? Share your thoughts below! The Assimil material is excellent. I really like how one learns though natural dialogues, and how the recordings start out slow and gradually become faster. Also, I like that one can use the material to learn in different ways. As for Japanese, I had some prior knowledge of the language, and so the Assimil material was easy for me, but if one was a complete beginner, they would probably be perplexed at understanding the sentence structure which is radically different from those of Indo-European languages.

One definitely needs a much longer commitment, plus communication with other speakers, in order to gain fluency in a language. Another comment I have about Assimil is that different language courses can have significantly different styles. For instance, the French course started out with dialogues that were very long compared to those in the Japanese and Russian courses.

And the Russian course has less humorous dialogue situations than the French and Japanese courses did. Very insightful article, I was pondering as to wether assimil ship internationally if I order directly from their official website? Thank you.

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I agree. I have both versions of Spanish With Ease and I find the grammar points to be pretty in depth and sometimes confusing. Do you suggest just ignoring most of the grammar points as well as the review sessions?

A couple of weeks later I called and got Volume 2. I make Glossika-style tapes of these with Audacity and play them while working in the yard. After a month or so I started on the kanji, which are easier for words that are now familiar.

On the third hand, I may try the French version for the next one. Hi Donovan, nice review. I like Assimil a lot, but I really see it more as a tool for linguistic input. That is, I would not expect one to produce language with it right away, but rather to recognize it and understand it. That said, it is one of the most valuables tools one can have in the language box.

You can get to a B1 with the method of you use it as prescribed. A B2 is asking a lot. Assimil will definitely take you further than Teach Yourself and Colloquial, and is definitely more economical than Rocket and Rosetta Stone.

Many have used it. Studying grammar is needed to be able to form your sentences properly. No one says to kill yourself with grammar books. We have native languages which allow us to rationalize structure differences and apply them systematically. Learning conjugation patterns is more efficient than learning each individual form of each verb… Individually… For example.

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Hit piece is how I would describe it, too. Your review is unpolite and highly inflammatory and you do come across as way arrogant. I have known Assimil for decades and I feel it is wonderful. Nothing comes even close. Of course that learning a language to achieve native level fluency, or even a B2 or C1 level, requires substantial effort and committment. This is a life-long endeavor, my friend. Very good review. I am using Assimil Mandarin and love it.

I use the excellent audio files to speak over shadowing until I get it right, then when I can shadow the entire dialog without hesitation I can go to the next chapter.

My speech and fluidity has greatly improved since I started doing that! But I personally wish I had focused more on reading the Hanzi characters from the beginning. It really helps. After reading them, i.

So, for me, learning the characters helped in a Big way — especially to understand the etymology and the distinction between homophones. So I am a definite fan of Wave 2!

A fair review. I prefer to develop some intuition by being exposed to content first, then later have my developing sense of how the language works refined or corrected by a more explicit discussion of grammar, so Assimil suits me pretty well.

I got next to nowhere. Like you, I had to adapt the material. I first go through the whole course just focusing on reading and looking up the grammar points. I use FLTR program for reading. I do lessons a day.

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Then I go back through it from lesson 1 this time with a focus on listening. That takes about months all together. I can usually dive into native texts after that. I also mine for useful phrases to memorise about 4 or 5 per lesson. That way works very effectively for me. Oh and I totally agree that all other reviews for assimil were almost all useless. So thanks for doing a proper one!

Assimil suits me very well. It has the right balance between reading, listening, and speaking, and grammar points are introduced clearly, but only when the need for them arises. I suggest that people should give it a try and then decide whether to adopt or abandon it. Hi there! Im using Assimil for French and I love it. But its true that you have to find your own way on how to use it. First of all the dialogs are very interesting and it shows french mentality. I repeat a lot until I pronounce perfect and with ease and write out new words with explanations.

Aslo in an active phase Im not just repeating previous lessons, I learn them by heart, write them without looking in the book and then check myself. I used assimi since the 80s when my dad introduced me to it. I think it is the best material available for starting a new language. I find their dialogues very amusing even when the context is not common. Of course you are not likely to find yourself in a situation when you talk to a lawyer as an offender. That would be extremely boring. People who are passionate about languages would never think in these terms.

Assimilation will easily get you to a B2 if you are learning a language in the same family like French to Italian, or Spanish to Italian , but English to Spanish, I doubt It. I was in an Indian village but access to native speakers did not help getting the basics. Hindi is very different than English of course, and although I worked hard with Teach Yourself Hindi Teach Yourself Series , it seemed an infinite chasm between the book in my hands and the real spoken language around me.

It is a wealth of material expertly programmed, naturally spoken, entertainingly written. Just by forcing myself to practice those dialogues, paying close attention to intonation and pronunciation, gradually bringing them up to speed, I was able to convert the previous book learning into actual use of the language.

Then when I returned to India I could speak with people and continue the process naturally. Assimil … YES!!! For the recordings. I had fluent conversations in Italian and Greek after completing the Assimil courses. While Assimil lacks in the vocabulary department, it certainly teaches an intuitive application towards grammar.

I guess this is hardly controversial, since there exist a lot of handbooks specifically to teach vocabulary in your target language. I am surprised that the inductive, reading and hearing!

Donovan, I appreciate your review, but I respectfully disagree with the idea of the method being somehow inferior to other so-called modern approaches. Full disclosure, I am no linguist, but I do speak three languages at the C2 level, and now trying to learn a couple Mandarin and German to get to a bare bones A1 level.

I tried Assimil in the context of these two languages, and I was so surprised by the results. As all of us know, trying a new language for a full day while immersed in another culture is simply exhausting.

By the end of the day your head is about to explode, with the constant translation gymnastics. And you know what, the translation gymnastics pays off, as after sometime the translation will start moving into a process where the words simply come to you in a natural way.

Now, why do I think that Assimil is good? Despite my blatant ignorance, it just simply works for me. The notes on grammar are wonderfully repetitive. As far as I am personally concerned, Assimil is on the top of my language toolkit.

I am a Turkish native, English fluent and French speaker person. I tried to learn Spanish since it seemed very easy to me after I got enough French, and I tried three different programs: Rosetta, Assimil and one more I could not remember.

Assimil was by far the best and easy to follow.

It was also strikingly effective to mimic the conditions presented in the program. In other words, I was able to greet people, to find my way around when I travelled to Spain. I could only remember Assimil again. As anyone who follows me knows, I always teach that a grammar-first approach to language learning is unnatural and backward.

In the Assimil series, grammar explanations are a mere footnote. Instead, Assimil focuses on presenting you with complete, useable expressions and even the translation exercises which I mentioned above are for whole phrases rather than grammar drilling. This is excellent. This is something I advocate constantly. I found this incredibly convenient as I usually have to create my own audio files for learning using tools like Audacity which is very time-consuming.

Assimil has done this for me. I can then put those short expressions into a tool like Anki to make flashcards using the audio with images or text, or I can just play them on repeat.

Many of the situational dialogues in Assimil appear completely random and strange, and are not going to be useful to most people in most circumstances.

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These are just a few examples of the kind of bizarre and unnecessary scenarios the book presents. A big part of language learning is searching for high-frequency expressions that you use a lot and are personally relevant.

These are situational expressions that I could find useful in many other scenarios. So I take those expressions, use the MP3 files provided and discard the rest of the dialogue perhaps until another time. Make sense? The verdict: Is Assimil as great as people say it is?

But the Assimil Method is not.

Call this serendipity, call this whatever you want. From this point of view, Assimil was very disruptive at that time. But you have to be French or to be raised in France to understand this. I mean we do not know how it works at a scientific level. Maybe one day. Have you used Assimil?Recordings are three or four audio cassettes or compact discs. Nothing comes even close to Assimil. The book contains review sections every six chapters.

So I don't fault the book for this at all. The company publishes several different series: "Learn" series, which teach to an A2 level; "With Ease" series, which teach basic rules of grammar and a vocabulary of words; "Perfectionnement" "Using" series, which teaches more advanced idiosyncrasies and idioms of the target language; Business series, which focuses on vocabulary related to international business; Idioms series, which teaches common idioms; Phrasebooks, which serve as a travel companion; Slang series, for contemporary slang usage; "Assimemor" "My First Words" series, which is meant to introduce a language to young children Contents.

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