Understanding the ASSIMIL method – Comprendre la méthode ASSIMIL

Did you know that the first ever ASSIMIL method was published in 1929, a mere 86 years ago?

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ASSIMIL is a French company that was founded by Alphonse Chérel in 1929. The company creates and published many language courses.
With its first “sans peine” collection, the ASSIMIL method became successful thanks to its funny everyday life type dialogues using intuitive learning.
First, the learner focuses on oral comprehension and listens to dialogues that are translated and repeated. This phase is known as the passive phase.
The active phase consists in intuitively reproducing what has been learnt “passively”. The key of its success being repetition and the use of authentic and quality humorous dialogues.
A good old teaching method that is working!

Since 1929, the company has expanded into numerous other languages and continues to publish today, including books and methods aimed at English speakers who are learning French:
– French phrasebook: http://fr.assimil.com/methodes/french


– Let’s Learn French calendar: http://fr.assimil.com/methodes/let-s-learn-french




– A French workbook: http://fr.assimil.com/methodes/french-false-beginners
French Workbook 2015




(All available from http://www.leforum.com.au/ in Australia)

Nicolas Ragonneau, Directeur du développement chez ASSIMIL (Head of Marketing and editorial Development at Editions ASSIMIL) explains the method:

One polyglot’s views on the ASSIMIL method:

So why not giving it a go?
And if you have, what did you think of it?

Published by Estelle Demontrond-Box

Language Teacher, CIoL-certified Translator, Published Writer, I am from Besançon, France and now live in Sydney, Australia. Enseignante de langues (CAPES d'anglais), Traductrice certifiée (CIoL) et Auteure publiée, originaire de Besançon, je vis désormais à Sydney, Australie.

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