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Method — Assimil — Método April 9, 2012

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Assimil books are made to be used at home. They are not school books. The idea is to make a difference between active and passive learning. This is contrary to what is done in most places, where students are expected to begin learning like parrots by repeating what they hear.

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They are small books, incredibly well bound, but rather fat, with your own language and the one you are learning side by side in about 100 lessons, starting with zero level stories and ending with newspaper reports and fragments taken from novels and plays.

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You start out the passive way by simply reading about half way through the book, reading stories with the help of captions and translations, sometimes while listening to the CD. You do that for about two months.

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Once you have read long enough to be able to guess your way through a story, you continue reading, but reserve some time to begin again on page one, now translating from your language into the one you are learning.

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Sample pages :

As you can see, only the English course is made without imagination, but technically it is still very good, careful and clear.

Spanish and French

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Italian and German

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English and Spanish

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See a forum where people talk about Assimil  http://www.unilang.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1807&p=615417    Apparently some of these courses are out of print and have become collectors’ items.

vintage assimil

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Postscript April 8, 2012 — I am not related to the Assimil company in any way, don’t know anybody on that company, have never worked for them.

Postscript April 6, 2014 — As said above, they are incredibly well bound. Some of them you can open in the middle and put down open, flat on the table. You can read while you eat and turn the pages one by one! With all other books I need clothes pins to keep them open.

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