- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: BN Publishing (May 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 956291450X
- ISBN-13: 978-9562914505
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,023,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found this book to be less helpful than Harrap's German Pocket Grammar, which I much prefer. Part of my preference is that more material is covered in more depth in Harrap's. One example: prepositions are covered in 3 pages in Essential German Grammar and while Harrap's devotes 21 pages even though Essential describes prepositions as "much more complex in their use than [...] English prepositions.
Harrap's also is a nice small size which is easier to carry.
I would recommend you to spend about four months with the Assimil book of you choice (apply Luca Lampariello's "full circle method"), do one lesson a day, six days a week. At the same time try to listen to radio, watch TV, and even read the news in that language. Soon your brain will start to adjust to your new language. It would be helpful to speak to natives of that language just to practice, although it also helps to speak to yourself, and even record and listen to yourself to correct your accent mistakes. Within a year to a year-and-a-half, you will have a great understanding of the language you started learning a while ago.
Of course you could use other courses, you just have to have to motivation to learn a language. Most people have to work or go to school, so they don't have a lot of time to spend on language learning. An hour a day would work perfectly. I wouldn't recommend Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur approach; I have tried them both; "you can't say something's not good only because is popular." You must realize that, say, Rosetta Stone is popular because of all the propaganda. You don't believe me? Go ahead and spend $400 on the course and come back within a year telling me how fluent you've become.
Too much talk. The "Essential Grammar" book arrive in a great condition.