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"The nearest thing to painless learning" The Times "A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" Stephen Fry "The most extraordinary experience of my life" Emma Thompson "Thomas makes it simple" Sunday Times "Works like a dream" Daily Telegraph "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" The Guardian "Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" Time Out "I've tried many courses including Rosetta Stone but I've finally found a language method that works. I'm doing the French course and I can now hold a decent conversation with my parents' neighbors in France!" Aubrey Parsons, Michel Thomas Method customer

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Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and was the world's most sought-after language teacher.

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HASH(0x98669108) von 5 Sternen A great course that accelerates learning 8. März 2013
Von Paul - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I`m from Canada and I studied French for 7 years in public school, but couldn`t speak French at all. Like most kids in Western Canada, I passed the French tests but never gained any real ability - and over the last 15 or so years I forgot most of what I knew.

After completing the Total French - even half of the total French course, I could use more French than I ever could in high school. After 7 years of public school French, I still didn`t know how to pronounce French words when I saw them written. But after a couple hours with Michel Thomas, I knew all the main sounds and their correlations to their spellings and now felt confident to read French aloud with mostly correct pronunciation. And I could actually make well-constructed sentences in French.

MT uses a really natural way of building up vocabulary and structures of the language, so that everything structurally relates to what you learned previously. This allows you to increase the speed of learning and keep piling on more and more structures and vocabulary even before you`ve fully mastered the earlier ones. Because of the new structures reinforce the previously learned ones while expanding them, you don`t need to spend as much time on each structure individually. So you learn to create relatively advanced sentences quite quickly. It`s a bit of an intense learning method, and I never feel like you can handle the new structures (so MT often steps in to help), but constantly having your comfort zone expanded like that gives you greater confidence with the simpler structures. MT will ask you to make these long 3 clauses sentences, but after you fight through those then a simpler 1 or 2 clause sentence will seem well within your ability.

The downside of this learning method is that it teaches you how to build sentences, but it doesn`t teach you how to use them in a specific context or to achieve a certain function. There is no conversational interaction in the course. It`s all about making sentences. So while I could translate my English thoughts into French piece by piece, I didn`t have much conversational confidence after finishing the course. It`s still a great course, because it quickly gives you a lot of ability that will help you in your further study. But I think that stories of Michel Thomas making people fluent in French in a couple of days are a bit exaggerated. Maybe they can construct sentences well, but the challenge after that is learning to interact and accomplish tasks in the language.

It`s an amazing method and course and great for what it does. It`s definitely got me fired up to keep studying French and achieve fluency.
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HASH(0x9869b354) von 5 Sternen The greatest language learning method ever devised 26. Juli 2014
Von Phantom-X - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Michel Thomas is a personal hero of mine. If you've never heard of him, I recommend reading up on his extraordinary life. In brief, he was fluent in around 11 languages, survived Nazi persecution in Germany, served in the French and American armies, and much more. He was an expert communicator and was often known to be able to extract sensitive information from individuals without resorting to violence. He was really quite a remarkable man and there are many interesting stories and accounts on his life that make for terrific reading.

Later on in his life, Michel became fascinated with the human learning process (with which I am also fascinated). He devoted his life to developing and perfecting his unique language learning method. If you've never tried it, the method is unlike anything you've ever experienced. From the first few moments, Michel gets you relaxed and tells you not to worry about remembering anything. He then starts introducing words and phrases to you bit by bit, and before you know it you are constructing lengthy sentences in your target language.

I found that I was completely absorbed in learning with Michel. I couldn't put the course down. I was captivated. It's like having a brilliant tutor who knows the language inside and out giving you private lessons. And each time he introduces a concept to you, he immediately lets you put it to use by having you use it in a sentence. Each concept introduced builds upon what you have learned previously. You feel a constant sense of progression and excitement. It's an immense form of pleasure that awakens your natural learning process. Before you know it, you are confident in your speaking ability and you are able to express yourself in another language. It's truly a fascinating and mesmerizing experience. I'll try to liken it to an analogy: Have you ever been at the cinema and become completely engrossed in a movie? Maybe your heart races and your curiosity grows with each next scene, and you can't wait to see what will happen next! This is how it is in learning with Michel. It was the most extraordinary, profound, and influential learning experience of my entire life.

Not only is the method brilliant, but Michel teaches you the most valuable skills in learning another language. You will know how to use the verbs of the language, which is the backbone of any language. Additionally, you learn how to use pronouns and you get access to a core vocabulary that you just have to know in order to communicate. Most importantly, the course is designed to turn you into a mini-translator. You are constantly in "translator" mode - meaning that Michel is constantly having you translate words and phrases into the new language. He always has you think things out and encourages you to "never rush".

Michel is also very charismatic and has lots of interesting anecdotes about the language you are learning. He will often explain "why" and "how" certain words or phrases came to be in the language, and he often has clever ways to relate it to English.

Overall, I cannot recommend Michel's courses enough. In particular, I'm recommending the courses actually taught by Michel himself (French, Spanish, Italian, and German). There are newer courses that use native speakers, but I'm not as familiar with them. The original courses are brilliant, and will give you the most solid foundation you could ever hope for in your new language. The courses are so good that I was actually sad when they ended. There are a handful of individuals that I would have given just about anything to meet and get to know throughout history, and Michel is one of those individuals.

If you want to reach fluency in a new language, my recommendation will always be to start with these courses. Afterward, I recommend reading in the target language, at least for a little bit each day if possible. Try to guess the meanings of words from the surrounding context. Avoid using the dictionary unless you absolutely have to. Additionally, listen to the radio a bit each day. When you listen, try not to make out individual words, but instead try to listen and detect every individual sound. Focusing on the sounds at first will allow you to start to pick out words automatically. You'll find that, if you know the word, your brain will automatically recognize it by just listening to all the individual sounds. Above all, try to find someone with which you can practice speaking the language.

Whatever you do, do not be under the assumption that you need to sit around learning huge amounts of vocabulary words before you can communicate in the language. The spoken vocabulary is extremely limited, and it's almost always a waste of time to sit around trying to memorize lots of vocabulary words. Instead, learn to say things in novel ways, and learn how to describe the items instead of learning the words themselves (e.g., instead of knowing how to say "lint roller", use what you know to say "the thing that collects the little things on your clothes" or whatever it may be). You need to learn the highest frequency words (e.g., the top 3000 words at the most) and that's about it. The rest you can learn from context and your daily reading. If you want to learn the highest frequency words, I recommend looking up those highest frequency words from movie subtitles. Movie subtitles will contain the highest words in the spoken language, which is what you want to learn. You can find this kind of information online for free and use whatever method you prefer to learn those words (I recommend simple flashcards or other mnemonics such as the "method of loci" to learn them). Whatever you do, space out your learning over time and test yourself often (i.e., quiz yourself once and then return several weeks or months later to re-test yourself).

Good luck on your language learning adventures and thank you Michel for releasing such terrific courses. Your influence is still widespread and you have ignited a passion in me to never stop learning. For that, I'm extremely grateful, and wish everyone the best of luck! If you have any questions, please leave them below and I'll do my best to answer them honestly and accurately.

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HASH(0x98789978) von 5 Sternen Total French withMichel Thomas 17. September 2012
Von Operamad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From a zero base of the language, within 20 hours , I have been able to have some simple conversations.
More work to be done using this method.
I have found this a logical approach, with explanaitions that dwell on making understanding rather than conjugating verbs, setting tenses etc.
I look forward to progressing with this language programme.
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HASH(0x9876639c) von 5 Sternen Best Language Learning Method 12. Februar 2013
Von K. Lourie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verifizierter Kauf
I have studied 9 languages in one way or another, and this is my method of choice. I am a visual/kinetic learner so I am pleasantly surprised that the strictly audio "class" is working wonders! Audio learning enables me to learn while driving, exercising, or in bed just before sleep. Mr Thomas' method is worth the money.
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HASH(0x9868af84) von 5 Sternen Learn from a great teacher. 29. Dezember 2012
Von Tobias Hardy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Within 8 hours, Michel Thomas gives us an introductory course of the French language. We listen as he teaches two students, and we engage as the third participant. He starts off with very simple words and phrases, then gradually introduces new vocab and sentence structures. Through repetition and utilising different situations, he makes it pretty hard for us to forget what we just learnt. He is pretty good at explaining the the grammar. I now understand the structure and what each fragment of a sentence means. I also find that I can build new sentences on my own. It's impressive how he associates French with the English language in a way that makes it easy for us to remember - after all, most of English was derived from French.

The great thing about this course is I can put it on my ipod and listen to it while I am travelling or just going for walks. Very efficient indeed. He adamantly believes that we should be comfortable while learning, and I found this to be very true. It was hot one night and I could barely focus. The next day, I absorbed nothing. I tried again when the weather was more comfortable, and I picked that section up in an instant.

I only had to listen to Total French twice to understand and remember its entire content.

The second part of the package, the vocabulary building section, is an extension produced by the Michel Thomas brand - not the man himself. I found its teaching style more difficult to absorb. They don't stay true to the MT method of explaining things. They also use local French speakers, and they are a little too fast for us non-French people. I had to play the segments over a few times to actually hear the syllables properly. But that's real French for you. The advantage is, hearing real spoken French can actually help our comprehension ability.

Overall, definitely a good introductory to French. You will learn so much in just under 8 hours.
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