FSI French Basic adventure

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lusan
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FSI French Basic adventure

Postby lusan » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:50 pm

I start this journal to keep track of events on this FSI Journey. I will include materials that I will be using during the journey. I suspect that FSI will take 1 year or less to complete. I will used it as the base for my active language. I have no decided yet if Anki will play a role. I will reevaluate that decision after completion of 5 lessons.

Objectives
Reading: Any books
Listening: University lectures
Speaking: Casual conversations
Writing: Casual notes

Methods
Assimil with Ease - done
Hugo French in months - done
French Verbs & Essentials of Grammar
French Demystified - ongoing
Les 500 Exercices de Phonétique - Hachette -ongoing
FSI French Basic Course - started

Medias
YouTubes
--- TED talks
--- Le journal en français facile de RFI
Podcasts
--- Balades
--- InnerFrench

Vocabulary build up books
*Most unknown words will be made into Listening cards.
Un été à Paris - A2 - done
Le dernier verre - A2 - done
Le vin bleu de Monsieur Dupont - A2-B1 - 7/30/19 done
Colo en Auvergne - A2-B1
Danger à Lyon - B1
Cinq contes - B1
Le comte de Monte-cristo - B1
Les perles de Pyla - B1
Les Misérables , tome " - B1

Reading List
Le petit prince - done
Une Putain D'histoire - Bernard Minier
Harry Potter vol 1, 2 et "

Livres de Agatha Christie
Le Crime de l'orient-express
Dix Petits nègres
Le train Bleu
La maison du péril
Le couteau sur la nuque
Drame en trois actes

Anki Status of mature cards 7/26/2019
Passive Listening - 2201
Active - 446 Cards
Grammar - 276
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lusan
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Re: FSI French Basic adventure

Postby lusan » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:47 pm

Comments at mid course of volume ONE

Post completing the first 6 lessons of FSI...

1. I enjoyed them very much, though at times, I found the work very hard. After 2 hours of working everyday on the repetition. I was/am exhausted. I did 2 tapes every day. It took a little more than 2 hours. 21 days to complete 6 lessons. 2 lessons a week. Lesson 6 was very hard. I will take a week off before jumping back in for the second half of the first volume.

2. I would not recommend this course to those that has not reached at least A2 skills. So far it is very easy for me since I did not meet more than 10 words in 163 pages of materials. Not knowing the vocabulary would make this course a real pain.

3. The review lesson 6 would be ideal for Anki's card practice. It has great exercises; some similar to the active wave of Assimil but using useful sentences.

Books Read
1. Le dernier verre-A2
2. Colo en Auvergne -A2/B1
3.Danger à Lyon -B1
4. Un été à Paris - A2
5. Les perles de Pyla -B1

Films Watched - Episodes
Cosmos 1999 - 2
Buffy - Season one - 4

I target 1 episode/day. Buffy is Ok, but the idea of watching a vampire movie before bed is creepy. I ordered some SF serials. They will replace Buffy for late evening watching.

Podcasts Heard
Ballades - 17 Target: 50 episodes then replaced for more challenging podcasts.
Le petit Nicolas - 2 Target: full book.

What I stopped
RFI - I prefer watching a French serial instead.
'Les 500 exercises de phonetique'. Not enough time and exhausted after FSI work

Anki status 8/13
Mature Listening cards: 2503 - increased by 302
Matured Active cards : 561 - increased by 115

I like a 1/3 ratio of Active/Passive Listening vocabulary. Note that I do not acquire cognate words using Anki because Spanish is my native language. Reading is turning easier and faster.

In summary, my output and listening skills are rapidly improving as per my self assessment during weekly meetings at the French Group. The reps indeed help a lot with fluency. I am satisfied with FSI so far. However, I agree with those who say that the course is tough. It is.

On polish: FSI forced me to place the language in pure maintenance mode. Now I just do Anki and I watch an serial episode every day. Next month I will visit Poland. I wonder how I would be impact by all this frenchish work.
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Re: FSI French Basic adventure

Postby lavengro » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:55 pm

lusan wrote: FSI French Basic "adventure"

Honestly, based on my previous experience with FSI French Basic, there are a whole host of other, more accurate terms I might have used in place of "adventure" - "unrelenting hellish slog," for example. A personal rhetorical question: do you already drink very heavily? If not, you surely will be by the time you drag your broken carcass across the French Basic finish line.

I'll be following your log with interest, as I intend to give that hellish slog another try in the nearish future. But then again, I already drink heavily....
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Re: FSI French Basic adventure

Postby lusan » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:30 am

lavengro wrote:
lusan wrote: FSI French Basic "adventure"

Honestly, based on my previous experience with FSI French Basic, there are a whole host of other, more accurate terms I might have used in place of "adventure" - "unrelenting hellish slog," for example. A personal rhetorical question: do you already drink very heavily? If not, you surely will be by the time you drag your broken carcass across the French Basic finish line.

I'll be following your log with interest, as I intend to give that hellish slog another try in the nearish future. But then again, I already drink heavily....


Ja, ja, ja,.... I wonder how the soldiers did it. I should have been hell jumping cold turkey into this course... No drinking yet... but I look forward the do the whole course... I might have to slow down if it gets tougher, though!
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