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!

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WIN my latest ASSIMIL French workbook! [Competition inside]

I am very proud and excited to announce the publishing of my latest book!
Je suis fière de vous annoncer la publication de mon dernier ouvrage !

French Workbook 2015


French for false beginners

This easy-to-use workbook has been designed specifically for false beginners in French. It includes 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) which follow a logical progression. You will be able to self-assess your level at the end of each chapter. Every aspect of the language has been covered, including grammar, spelling, vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation and accentuation.

– 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) to learn French
– Tasks include: matching, fill the blanks, find the odd one, unscrambling exercises, crosswords, riddles and more.
– Grammar, conjugation, spelling, pronunciation and accentuation
– Test yourself with our self-assessment tasks

Cahier d’exercices de français pour anglophones   Niveau : faux débutants
Ce cahier d’exercices très pratique et ludique a été conçu spécialement pour les faux-débutants en français.
Plus de 200 exercices à la progression étudiée et sous forme de jeux sont proposés, accompagnés de leurs corrigés.
À la fin de chaque chapitre, vous pourrez également auto-évaluer votre niveau de langue.
Aucune dimension de la langue n’a été oubliée : la grammaire, l’orthographe, la syntaxe, la prononciation et même l’accentuation des mots !
  • Plus de 200 exercices de français
  • Jeux, QCM, exercices à trous, etc.
  • Conjugaison, syntaxe, grammaire
  • Tests d’auto-évaluation

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French Phrasebook, Assimil

My latest baby is out!


My latest book was published in February 2013 and is available on the Assimil website http://fr.assimil.com/methodes/3809#

I have had great fun working on this book with Assimil and I really hope that it will help people with their French needs when travelling to France or any other French-speaking country.

It is 160 pages and is divided in 4 sections.

The “Introduction”, which tells you how to use the book, gives you a few facts & figures about France as well as a bit of history, and explains a few aspects of the French language.

The “Getting started” section, with 21 lessons to read 21 days before you travel to France, 1 each day. Each lesson comprises of a dialogue, including translation and pronunciation; some easy-to-understand grammatical notes; and one exercise to practise what you have just learnt. The book comes with a free MP3 sample so that you can also listen to the dialogues.

A “Conversing” section, which covers all the vocabulary that you may need along with some interesting cultural facts.

And lastly, an “Index” to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

You will also find on the covers some handy tables for numbers, pronunciation, space and time, asking questions,  useful words and expressions.

It is small and light, and easy to carry around. And very affordable!

Please feel free to leave comments on the book below. I really hope that you enjoy the book and that you find it very helpful during your travels!!

Bon voyage!