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Michel Thomas Speak German Advanced: 5-CD Advanced Program (Michel Thomas Series) Audio CD – November 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0071480352 ISBN-10: 0071480358 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Michel Thomas Series
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071480358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071480352
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michel Thomas was head of the Michel Thomas Language Centers and taught languages for more than 50 years, primarily in New York, Beverly Hills, and London. Over a period of 25 years he developed a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world’s leading language teacher.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 8, 2008
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If you've read my other reviews, I've used both the Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur language programs (both of which I highly recommend) to learn Japanese, German, and Korean. After completing both of those, I stumbled on the Michel Thomas Programs.

If you've ever used the two aforementioned programs, the Michel Thomas system is both unique and refreshing. While the Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone teach by rote, in the Michel Thomas program it is a conversation between Michel Thomas and 2 students about the use of verbs-past, present,and future conjugation. In Thomas's view, this should be the crux of any language program-as he says, "everything else is just vocabulary."

If you are serious about learning German and will be self taught, I highly recommend this course. Of the three mentioned (Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Michel Thomas) Thomas probably comes the closest to being a stand alone program on learning conversational German-the focus almost exclusively on the proper use of verbs.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bill Ross on October 10, 2007
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Michel Thomas' style apparently turns some people off, so if you have the opportunity to try before you buy, then do so. Different strokes for different folks.

But for me and my family, he is an extremely *effective* teacher. He makes short work of making you an effective communicator. I used his method with good success for both French and Spanish. It is my son who has used his CDs to learn German. Working alone with nothing but these CDs he learned German and enjoyed every minute of it.

Some say there was nothing new on these CDs, but my son wound up repeating the first of these CDs a couple of times, so I think that there must have been some new stuff.

Anyway, I would go directly to Michel Thomas if I wanted to learn a new language. The other approaches I've tried are mostly rote, and poorly recorded examples.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trueheart on November 2, 2008
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We have many German materials in our home, from books to CDs, to wall charts. No one program has worked perfectly. Our family has found Mr. Thomas to be very helpful in learning to work the German language properly. (We were moved to Germany for my husband's job and needed to know how to get along with the locals.) We've wasted too much money on "conversational courses" that teach only how to order in a restaurant, or tourist-based topics. Michel Thomas really gives the learner a handle on how to speak German, not just regurgitate a few pat phrases. He has helped me to understand a little more about how a German thinks, which was a big help in deciphering sentence structures. This program has augmented what we are learning from the other programs that we have. Yes, he is very stern, but, hey, that's just who he is. We use these CDs WITH everything else that we have and are very, very pleased. I am glad we found this course. Happy learning!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlyn Sy on February 11, 2009
I have never learned a new language before and I thought now is the best time. I chose German. So, I went to the library and the Michel Thomas Speak German Beginner's series was recommended to me. I found out how effective Michel Thomas is so I decided to continue my learning by buying the advanced series from Amazon. Michel Thomas continues to be the number one teacher in those series because he never fails to explain how and why a sentence is structured. He also has a special way of making his listeners remember what's been taught without having to go through many exercises. His method has helped me a lot in building the foundation of learning the language enough to continue to pursue it by watching German movies or reading German. I just wish there is more scope in his series enough to even understand many other vocabulary. But then again this is where his Vocabulary CD series come in.
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