SGP wrote: Glad to hear about the recovery.
SGP wrote:Skynet wrote:After much soul searching, I have agreed to reduce the number of non-native courses to just (gulp!!!) three:
Assimil: German Without Toil (1965): 126 lessons by A. Cherel
Assimil: German With Ease (2001): 100 lessons by H. Schneider
Assimil: German With Ease (2014): 100 lessons by M. Roemer
In case you already read another Assimil book before (any language), or even if you didn't:
do you intend to do the book's courses one time only without repetition, the "what sticks that sticks and what doesn't that doesn't" way, or do you intend to repeat?
I used both French Without Toil and New French With Ease. When I started with both French and German, I started writing and doing the active phase from the very beginning. My memory thrives on writing things down, and this has been an absolute boon for my language learning. I did do the official active wave too, but at lightning speed because it was not challenging at all. I completed 7 lessons of both FWOT and NFWE (14 in total) a day in less than 3 weeks. Basing on my experiences with French, I shall not be doing the official active wave for German.
My logic in using multiple courses simultaneously is this: if course A explains something that you don't comprehend, then courses B, C and D should explain the same thing, but in different ways. This should result in one completing courses at a much faster pace than normal because at some point, one will encounter concepts (with increasing frequency) with which one is familiar. This is how I was able to finish 28 courses in 6 weeks during summer.