I have been making reasonable progress this week.
As I mentioned before, I have been looking at Professor Arguelles' methods of using Assimil. A concern of mine cropped up: if I'm done with Pimsleur for the time being, how do I practice pronunciation? The answer: shadowing! I do
cheat, and look at the text first: I can't stand trying to repeat something when I don't know how it's spelled. So I'm going back over New French with Ease and shadowing until I can get the pronunciation and the timing the same as the actors. I also found the Assimil from 1940 with the audio, and while the dialogues aren't entertaining, I like the presentation of the verb conjugations better.
I started intensive reading of the 1910 Louis Segond translation of Psaumes, since this is a Biblical book that I'm very familiar with, and because it has mostly present tense, which is where I'm at right now.
For Anki, I've been doing about 7-11 new words each day, either from the Assimil courses, Psaumes, or previous French in Action chapters.
For exposure, I finished Wakfu's season two. It wasn't as good as the first season, but it was satisfying enough. This week I got into Les Revenants, and I confess I normally don't watch shows with so much adult content.
There's a reason I tend to stick to anime and cartoons.
Though for some reason this show bothers me less than Engrenages. I think because there is a sense of right and wrong in Revenants, and there are likable characters, both of which I found absent in Engrenages. The first season of Revenants I found very engaging, as there is a sense of mystery and foreboding that I loved. I read reviews that the second season isn't as good, and I can understand why: there is no sense of expediency like in the first season. It also strongly reminds me of one of my very favorite animes, Another:
I also started a practice which I did when learning Spanish in high school: writing stories in Spanglish or Frenglish. I write with the words that I already know, and try to limit how much I look up new words (it's hard to resist!). If I don't know a word, I write the English one. Later I can look up words, but not during the actual writing. I was surprised at how much I already knew:
I think that's all for now!