The Audio quality is good, like most of the Assimil courses. Because it’s an older course I have only seen it in a super pack with 4 CD’s plus 1 CD mp3. The audio starts off quite slow in the beginning but then steadily speeds up to a more natural native pace.
I did also find the page to buy only the audio (download) via the Assimil website.
Pricing will also depend on where you live and whether you can find it, as Using French is an older course it is reasonably easy to find it second-hand. As I mentioned in the Audio section above, I have only seen Using French for sale as either the book by itself or in a Superpack that comes with 4 Cds + 1 Mp3 CD. Assimil no longer sells the Using French book or Superpack on their website, so the best place to look is online booksellers or places like Amazon. It’s still possible to buy the audio from Assimil (in downloadable format) but at €49,90 it’s a pretty hefty price and you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.
Book – Used ~ €10-24 (Amazon)
Super Pack – Book + USB stick + 4 CDs. ~€60-100 (Amazon)
Audio Only – Downloadable (via Assimil website) — €49,90
Assimil Using French is a language learning course that provides a comprehensive approach to learning French. Whilst the course was first published in 1985 and the language used may feel slightly dated, it still offers a solid foundation in the French language and is worth considering for anyone looking to improve their language skills. While it may not be the most up-to-date resource available, its affordable price point (if you can find it cheap new or used!) and valuable content make it a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to improve their French.
In addition to the above, it’s important to note that while Assimil Using French offers a comprehensive approach to language learning, the course’s claim to take learners to a C1 level in the French language may not be entirely accurate. While the course provides learners with a strong foundation in the language, achieving a C1 level of proficiency requires a significant amount of practice, exposure to the language, and immersion in the culture, which is impossible to fit in a small book of only 360 pages. While Assimil Using French may help learners achieve a solid intermediate level of proficiency in the language, additional resources and practice are necessary (in my opinion) to reach C1.
Overall, Assimil Using French can be a valuable resource for French learners, but it’s important to be aware of its limitations and to supplement your learning with additional resources to achieve a higher level of proficiency in the language. Whether you’re a low-intermediate or an upper-intermediate learner, Assimil Using French can help you develop your French language skills and achieve your language learning goals. Therefore, if you can find it cheap I still think it’s worth picking up.
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