I will add https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/932662308
. It sorted out some of my pronunciation/listening problems and you seem to like anki. And it’s not really a grind - it’s a bit each day, drawing your attention to issues and sorting them out.
This is exactly what I needed. I am downloading this now. Thank you very much for this.
You often mention that you find Assimil both great and a grind - I have the same feelings about it and about a linguaphone course I did for Indonesian.
I might have said this before - You don’t have to finish it! As long as you are disciplined about what you replace it with I don’t think it matters if you don’t actually finish things. I really admire your discipline and it will serve you well but I believe the benefit comes from putting in the time with appropriate materials each day rather than getting to the last page of every book/course you use. Doing 70% of a couple of courses will be great and then if you only watch 70% of Buffy or Star Trek or whatever you do next, that also will be great. If doing 100% of Assimil is going to kill your enthusiasm, change.
I think my biggest trouble is knowing what is the right resource for me?! I look at the Harry Potter book I have and know I am not ready for that. I am humbled quickly
Assimil definitely burns me out but I will finish it (even one day) or it will dry me crazy. I am okay with putting a pause on it to mix things up. I often hear people state to jump into native material after Assimil but feel my pronunciation needs some work and was thinking about pausing Assimil and going back to Pimsleur Level 2 - 1 Lesson every day and work through Glossika every day (10 new sentences Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking). They have a Spaced Repetition thing that prompts you to review previous sentences just like Assimil. It's a little different as everything is done on the PC and some phrases are just "Je dormais".
I would avoid doing reading to the exclusion of listening at this stage - that’s why the idea of podcasts with transcripts is such a good one. Heads up: it seems Balades podcasts will disappear end of this month - I would investigate and if you like them, download audio and scripts before that happens.
I will go ahead and download the Balades as I feel this will benefit me very soon. Thank you!