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FounderAlphonse Chérel
Country of originFrance
Headquarters locationParis
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresforeign language courses

Assimil (often styled as ASSiMiL) is a French company, founded by Alphonse Chérel in 1929. It creates and publishes foreign language courses, which began with their first book Anglais Sans Peine ("English Without Toil"). Since then, the company has expanded into numerous other languages and continues to publish today.

Their method for teaching foreign languages is through the listening of records or tapes and the reading of a book with the text that you are listening to, one side native language, one side foreign language. This method is focused on learning whole sentences, for an organic learning of the grammar. It begins with a long passive phase of only reading and listening, and eventually adds active exercises. Most books contain around 100 lessons, with the active phase starting on Lesson 50. The word "Assimil" comes from assimilate "incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind".

The company publishes several different series:

  • "With Ease" series, which teach basic rules of grammar and a vocabulary of 2000-3000 words;
  • "Perfectionnement" series, which teaches more advanced idiosyncrasies and idioms of the target language;
  • Business series, which focuses on vocabulary related to international business;
  • Idioms series, which teaches common idioms;
  • "On the Road" series, which serves as a travel companion;
  • Slang series, for contemporary slang usage;
  • "For Kids" series, which is meant to introduce a language to 3-year olds.


English base[edit]

For the English reader, the following languages are available: (as of March 2015)

Language With Ease Advanced Business On the Road For Kids Dictionary
Arabic Yes No No No No No
Chinese Yes No No No No No
Dutch Yes No No No No No
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
German Yes No No Yes No No
Hebrew Yes No No No No No
Hungarian Yes No No No No No
Italian Yes No No Yes No No
Japanese Yes No No No No No
Russian Yes No No Yes No No
Spanish Yes No No Yes No No
Yiddish Yes No No No No No

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