The Assimil method for teaching foreign languages is through the listening of audio cd's and the reading of an accompanying book, one side native language, one side foreign language. This method is focused on learning whole sentences, for an organic learning of the grammar. It begins with a long passive phase of only reading and listening, and eventually adds active exercises. Most books contain around lessons, with the active phase starting on Lesson The word Assimil comes from assimilation. Several different series are published: With Ease series, which teach basic rules of grammar and a vocabulary of words; Perfectionnement 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;.
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Home Board index Language Programs and Resources Question on Assimil Italian All about language programs, courses, websites and other learning resources. If that is correct, does anyone have any experience with the newest Italian version, or its French-based version L'Italien? It seems this newest edition of languages simply the names of the language such as German or Spanish rather than X with Ease seem fairly well-regarded. Curious to know if that continues for the Italian version as well.
I have two editions of the of the Assimil Italian course. The information that I have provided below is drawn from my physical copies of the courses and what I have been able to glean from the Assimil and Amazon websites. Unfortunately, some of the information on Amazon. FR seems to be incorrect as to author, year of publication, and images, which does not help identify the different editions.
I do not have a copy of this edition. Mea culpa? Should any of the information that I have provided concerning the editions prove to be erroneous, out-of-date, or otherwise misleading, please be assured that it was not intentional, I offer my apologies, and I invite one-and-all to post corrected information.
Last edited by Speakeasy on Sat Feb 11, pm, edited 1 time in total. L'Italien sans peine, by A. First lesson: Parla italiano? Like all the old Assimil methods, it is thoroughly excellent and enjoyable, although obviously dated. Le nouvel italien sans peine, by Giovanna Galdo and Ena Marchi, First lesson: Al telefono Also excellent, but quite demanding.
The lessons start higher than at beginners' level. Good if you want to focus on grammar, which is presented in quite a systematic way.
The main lesson is divided into two parts, separated by an extra line: dialogue, followed by grammar example sentences. L'italien, by Anne-Marie Olivieri, a new edition, with only a different layout, has been recently published. First lesson: Benvenuto in Italia! This is a standard 21st century Assimil. Shorter lessons and slower progression, with less vocabulary repetition. Easy at the beginning, difficult to stick with at least for me.
Ideally, you could study the three books in parallel, or only 2 and 3. All depends on your needs and motivation. Con: Boring. You won't be excited for studying with it each day.
Your motivation to learn better be high to outweigh the general malaise this will make you feel in your heart. Also, while the grammar explained is not wrong, per se, it simply isn't thorough enough to tell you what you need.
So not really an all-in-one package. Buyer beware to future Italian students, I think Italian With Ease may be worth it more, even with outdated currency and technology reference. I have no idea how much Italian has changed since Without Toil, but it may be worth a look before this current version as well. It is a shame. A great method seemingly ruined by trying to fit it into the CEFR guidelines. Dumbed down and boring. Unfortunately, it is too useful to leave behind, I think.
The Multi-track Approach. Both have the same author Anne-Marie Olivieri , the same number of lessons and exercises Even the titles of the lessons are identical with exception of the 93rd and 94th lesson. But the version has more pages instead of pages, it has pages, using the same good old layout from before and also more content and audio. This is because the later lessons have been injected with additional sentences here and there.
For example, the last three lessons the 97th, 99th and th have 18, 16 and 15 sentences instead of 13, 11 and In my opinion, the version was evidently too lightweight it was one of the thinnest Assimil courses right beside "Le Malgache" and "L'Ukrainien" , so they did a face-lift. It's nothing more, because under the hood, there's essentially the same course same concept, same storys, same progression, etc. In respect to content, the version is perhaps equal to the third generation Assimil Spanish course which isn't very in-depth either.
Now, the interesting question would be: Which of two versions has been used for the adaption for English speakers? I honestly don't know. Jump to. Who is online Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest.
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Home Board index Language Programs and Resources Question on Assimil Italian All about language programs, courses, websites and other learning resources. If that is correct, does anyone have any experience with the newest Italian version, or its French-based version L'Italien? It seems this newest edition of languages simply the names of the language such as German or Spanish rather than X with Ease seem fairly well-regarded. Curious to know if that continues for the Italian version as well. I have two editions of the of the Assimil Italian course.
Assimil courses tend to be more popular in Europe since they are being released by French based company. If we would compare Assimil to other language learning courses, it can be said that its teaching approach is quite different. This way learners are able to notice patterns in a new language on their own. This approach is useful, because Italian words are not being taken out of context. Additionally learners are able to see how this language is being used in full conversations. Of course, this also means that it might take more time to learn essential Italian words and phrases.