Ani wrote:PeterMollenburg wrote:I must apologise, as I definitely roped you into some of these courses, sorry I would advise you to go with FIA, since it appears to be the most versatile- audio, video, written exercises, readings, some drills. Best all round I think.
Haha no totally not your fault. FIA is definitely strongest in writing, which I keep saying is my goal for this year. BUT starting back with "Ce sont des animaux" seems kinda ridiculous. I don't have TONS of free time this year for seated book work... so I am still torn with "well then just get on with it" and "find a faster route" ... I can't think of any way to accelerate FIA. For example. I just flipped to Lesson 22 and I can fill in the writing exercises just straight off the top of my head, but I wouldn't get there until probably June if I do everything. On the other hand, there are at least some good things tucked inside that I missed elsewhere, and the practice of structured writing is something I really do need.
One rule I have for myself in wanting to complete material that seems a little too easy or that i've gone over before, is not to write anything that i've already answered previously and not to write answers to questions when I already am beyond that level of ability. Thus, skip writing things such as "ce sont des animaux", and it will speed up your progress. You could even skip audio an ANYTHING you already know in the workbooks and just read over them very briefly to make sure you do in fact already understand such concepts. Streamline the stuff you already know. You don't have to answer everything in writing, nor do you have to hear everything that has audio content available for it.
Spend more focused time on activities in FIA that introduce new concepts, vocab etc or push you more than that basic stuff.
I'm currently working through "DLI - Headstart for Belgium". It's so easy it's a joke, so I'm reading the conversations, doing only 1 in 20 activities if that, and even skipping the audio. As it is i'm wasting time, but i can't help myself. I want to tick it off my list, and I've been curious about the course for a while (i'm hoping the cultural notes will provide more useful or interesting content) but I'm absolutely not spending the rediculous amount of hours suggested to completed the course- "rediculous" because I'm well beyond it, otherwise the recommendation would make sense for an absolute beginner. Shhhh you didn't hear I'm once again falling into the 'easy language course trap'. In fact someone has stolen my username and password and this isn't even me, it's them!