I am interested in ordering a few French books, such as an atlas with a lot of pictures and a basic biography. I am in the 3rd unit of the first level of Rosetta Stone, so not to far along.
For those who are farther along than me, what was the progression of your reading and listening skills? About when could you read a book suited for a Middle or High School level in pure French, or listen to a podcast or nightly radio news?
Does the reading or speaking seem to progress more quickly? I am looking to find some engaging content in French that I will be able to attain in a reasonable period of time, but maybe slightly over my head so that I have something to work for.
The key with Rosetta Stone is keeping it interesting somehow :D
If you need more information, I have been studying about every other day for an hour over the last month or two, and have completed a year of High School French, but I will say that I did not learn much from the horrid High School platform. If I miss a word or phrase in Rosetta Stone more than once over the course of a lesson, I put it in a Spaced Repetition Flashcard program to make sure that I don't forget it for a long time xD
I would consider myself reasonably thorough. ;)
Thanks for the advice!