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Michel Thomas Method™ Spanish For Beginners, 10-CD Program (Michel Thomas Series) Audio CD – April 27, 2009


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  • Series: Michel Thomas Series
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071600868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071600866
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michel Thomas taught languages for more than fifty years, developing a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world's leading language teacher. His method has been used to teach celebrities, diplomats, dignitaries, academics, and business executives.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Robinson on January 8, 2011
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I ordered these CDs here at Amazon and as usual the order arrived on time and in excellent condition. Although I was very pleased with the service from Amazon I did not like this course. It just wasn't what I had expected based on some of the reviews. It may work for some but not for me. I guess because the hardest part about learning Spanish for me is understanding Spanish speakers. I can express myself better than I can understand speakers when they talk. And this course will not help in the are of understanding Spanish speakers when they speak common everyday Spanish. Mainly because Michel Thomas does not speak Spanish well. Even though I am not a native speaker of the language I could easily tell from his pronunciation that he also was not a native Spanish speaker. I would imagine that his French course is excellent. (I believe French is his first language or one of his first languages). But speaking Spanish is certainly not his area of expertise.

The two students are also not native Spanish speakers and they speak Spanish very poorly so listening to them also did not help improve my listening comprehension. In fact, listening to them could actually hurt my pronunciation because my Spanish pronunciation is so much better than theirs. I finally decided to return these CDs to Amazon and get a full refund which they promptly issued to me.

This course may work for some people. But definitely not for me or anyone else who is concerned with developing an authentic sounding accent and definitely not anyone who wants to understand native Spanish speakers when they speak common everyday Spanish.

Some other products that I recommend for Spanish language learners are Rosetta Stone Spanish.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Williams on May 2, 2010
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This is James from James Spanish (the learning Spanish blog). Michel Thomas is renowned for being one of the most successful and influential language teachers in the world. His method has helped thousands of people master a new language, and his courses are known for their high quality and in depth coverage of a language.

Key to the Michel Thomas method is that learning should be natural and intuitive, and should not rely on artificial exercises such as drills in order for you to remember words. You do, however, have to repeat each word or phrase as it is presented, so while this audio course is excellent for while you are in your own car, you won't want to try to listen to it at work or in a public place where talking to yourself could draw some strange looks!

Designed for beginners, this course covers basic sentence structure and grammar as well as some essential vocabulary. It provides a good foundation of the Spanish language in just a few hours, and best of all the relaxed teaching method means that you will be speaking with confidence and in a relaxed manner, rather than feeling nervous as you fumble for words. This confidence is invaluable when it comes to practicing your Spanish and will help immensely when you move on to more advanced Spanish language learning.

As with most Michel Thomas courses, you are guided through the lesson along with two other students. Often, one student is heard to struggle with a particular word or phrase, while the other completes it easily. In this way you never feel as though you are alone or not keeping up. It also allows you to learn from their mistakes and not feel frustrating by your own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holistic Mom on October 16, 2009
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I took Spanish in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, but have never used it since. Junior high was many moons ago. Enter a daughter whom I wished to teach spanish to and I had to dust off my Spanish skills. And trust me, they were quite dusty and non-impressive. One of my problems was the intimidation of all those dang verb tenses. Then enter Michel Thomas and I am so much more confident. The verbs are presented in a manner that was easy to understand. And his "feminine river in the woods" tip for the "would" tense is a thing of beauty. And point of interest in case it has not been mentioned previously here, he is the one that taught Doris Day her famous Qué Será Será. The student he addressed the comment to had supposedly heard the song, but did not know the name Doris Day -- sad. Bottom line, this is a must-have. The only thing I don't understand is why the next level course is apparently no longer produced. You can only purchase it used. I would love to have it, but prefer to buy things new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Brown on January 8, 2012
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I really like the Michel Thomas method. He says there is no memorization needed, but that is not the case & never is the case in learning a new language. However, because he uses a lot of similar questions & phrases in his examples, there is a lot of repetition, which helps the learner to memorize the material without the process seeming like a chore. I just listen to the CDs while I'm driving. After only about 7 or 8 hours of total listening time some of my friends were pleasantly surprised at my progress. I think overall, "Speak Spanish" is well done & is very helpful.
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