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I wonder what you think of old-style coursebooks versus modern-style? By "old style" I mean the books for language learning that were widespread in the past: no (or minimum) pictures, a lot of exercises (with big emphasis on translation to and from target language), a lot of grammar - grammar rules, grammar exceptions, pages and pages of grammar exercises. That's what foreign language textbooks in my school used to be like when I was in primary school. By "modern style" I mean the books that you are popular nowadays: a lot of images, more listening and less exercises, more speaking and less gr