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by Elexi
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6650

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

Maybe this thread could go back on topic - i.e. French in Action as a learning device?
by Elexi
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6650

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

My impression from articles like the link below was that during the period of intensive study (4+ months) at FSI candidates did 5 hours every day of classroom activity and then the rest of the day doing grammar and language lab studies:

https://www.fluentin3months.com/diplomat/
by Elexi
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

The Hypnoseries transcripts I have used usually do match - well worth a look.
by Elexi
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

I've done lots of intensive listening by ripping French Buffy, Dr Who and Game of Thrones episodes to audio and then breaking them down into scenes. With the Hynoseries transcripts, it is possible to do exactly what the author says. I find such short bursts of study without visual context to be very...
by Elexi
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6650

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

and in those FSI hours, one has to the add the effect of relentless intensity, day in day out - which is probably worth a good few hundred extra hours in itself.
by Elexi
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6650

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

A2 after 8 months is not to be sniffed at. Looking at these DELF exam videos - I would say that completing FIA could put a student well within B1 once it has had time to sink in. Obviously, DELF students work from a syllabus - so the exam is not entirely 'blind' - the general topics of the monologue...
by Elexi
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6650

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

I agree with Carmody - the grammar goes further than the Michael Thomas courses put together and the Dover book - but it doesn't delve in much depth into the more esoteric parts of French grammar - for example, it doesn't reach the level of Hawkins and Towell's French Grammar and Usage, which is oft...
by Elexi
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Are there lists of the most frequent sentence patterns?
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Are there lists of the most frequent sentence patterns?

Just to follow up on the Collins Easy Learning Conversation - there are audio downloads for the courses that can be got free here:

https://collins.co.uk/page/Easy+Learning+Resources?

Click on the book icons under 'Easy Learning Conversation Audio Downloads'
by Elexi
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Contest: The Worst Language Programmes Ever
Replies: 29
Views: 2093

Re: Contest: The Worst Language Programmes Ever

I second Speakeasy on Fokus Deutsch - I too bought the whole thing at great expense during a brief moment of wealth - it looked good until I watch the videos are realised that the story line went from the tristfully dull to something approaching the psychadelic without the fun. But I keep thinking t...
by Elexi
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Xenops Mostly Tackles French (and some other languages)
Replies: 127
Views: 4724

Re: Xenops Mostly Tackles French (and some other languages)

All Brits sound weird when they try to do American. :D I think that Brits sound better doing an American accent than Americans doing a British accent. I would love to find a course on how to do a British accent. To be specific, an Estuary or London accent. :) Really? I have spent most of my life tr...

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