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Perfect French with the Michel Thomas Method Paperback – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1444133035 ISBN-10: 1444133039 Edition: Unabridged
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Description Learn 50 essential words and how to put them together with this amazing value, one hour introduction to the acclaimed Method. The classic Michel Thomas Method course, perfected over 25 years. Go from total beginner to speaking confidently in a matter of hours. Become a fluent speaker and understand in any situation with this follow-on course. Gain a natural grasp of the language and entire verb system. One for true language lovers, a unique series of one-to-one lectures on the Michel Thomas Method given by the master himself.
Who it's for: Those who want a quick trial of the Method People beginning to learn a language with the Method People who have completed the Total course People who have completed the Total and Perfect courses
What's in the course:
  • 1 hour of audio on CD--learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player
  • Up to 12 hours of audio on CD
  • Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac*
  • Over 2 hours of vocab help*
  • Up to 9 hours of audio on CD
  • Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac*
  • Over 3 hours of vocab help*
  • 2 hours of audio on CD--learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player
Available in: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese French, Spanish, Italian, German
*Not available for all languages.

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Michel Thomas
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers; Unabridged edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444133039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133035
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christie Hall on December 15, 2012
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I have purchased other Michel Thomas French CDs. His precise translations and ability to equate those to English were both charming and useful. Most CDs give the overall meaning of a phrase, without breaking it down. Michel Thomas, in breaking down the parts of a phrase, gives you the tools to use the words in other contexts. He draws connections to English that help in usage and memorization. Half of the CDs in this collection do not feature Mr. Thomas, however, instead, they revert to glossing-over translations so prevalent elsewhere. The woman recorded invokes his name often, but does not use his techniques. At $75, I was very disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wolgast on January 11, 2015
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The CD labeling is profoundly sloppy and problematic for customers who rip the files to play on a portable player.
- The naming is inconsistent making it difficult to identify the lessons and to make a play list.
- Some of the discs have the same names as discs from the Total French so that those files are over-written by Windows Media Player
Note the names stored on the disc titles:
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Perfect Franch [Disc 1] ... {“Franch”?! Perfect indeed!}
Unknown Album (23/07/2011 10:51) Disc 2 ... {Unknown to Hodder & Stotten?!}
Michel Thomas Disc 3
Michel Thomas Disc 4
Speak French Disc 1 ... {Vocabulary Disc 1; it will over-write Disc 1 from “Total French”}
Speak French Disc 2 ... {Vocabulary Disc 2; it will over-write Disc 2 from “Total French”}
French Vocabulary (Disc 3) ... {Vocabulary Disc 3}
Review ... {contains no review material, only setup utilities}
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I'm confident the training content is great, but it takes hours to get it all loaded onto a player due to the sloppy naming. The same sloppiness was evident with the Total French CD's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary1836 on April 9, 2014
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As a note, this is the second set in the study group. Don't start with this set. You need to start with Thomas French Total, then move to Thomas French Perfect, and then to Thomas French Masterclass.

After studying 5 languages - Latin, Spanish, German, Italian, and now French, I can definitely say that you should start with Michel Thomas to learn French. If had started out in a traditional class listening to someone reading French while looking at the words, I would probably have pulled my hair out! The spoken words in most cases look nothing like the written words, even after taking other languages. Except for the consonants, C,R,F, and L, most other final consonants in words are not pronounced. Then the French take a normally unpronounced final consonant and not only pronounce it, but stick it on the front of the next word if it starts with a vowel or an always unpronounced H. On top of that, they run words together and don't pronounce entire syllables and even words in some of the most common expressions. But with Michel, even though he tells you what it is, and explains it, what you learn is the way to speak like a Frenchman. He has a fairly strong accent, but it only takes a little while to get used to it, but it's a lot better to learn from someone who grew up speaking the language and knows all the tricks that to learn how to pronounce French from a non-native speaker who learned it from another non-native speaker.

Given that, it is obvious that Michel Thomas is excellent for learning conversational French and how to actually communicate well in a French speaking country. Even if you are wanting to learn French for some competency exam, I would still start with Michel and then add books, aides, and possibly classes after that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BR Customer on March 30, 2015
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I studied French at school, but Michel Thomas method is unbelievable! As someone put it, I learnt more for few months listening to CD's then for several years at school. But, having that base from school did help with understanding his method much better. I really love his approach. I bought his Total French method, this one and also Vocabulary one - Master Class. Will review the last one once I listen completely (got it few days ago).
I loved all CD's but the very last ones when people from company are doing vocabulary instead Michel Thomas. I know they meant well, but Thomas Michel would probably turn upside down for some of the practices they use in teaching us new words. I did not liked it. But, I am giving 5 stars because I believe it is well spent money, I really enjoyed and still go back to CD's with past tenses.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan R. on December 27, 2012
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This series is fabulous. It picks up where Total French ended and includes Future tense and simple Past tense.
I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By twinsmom on October 20, 2012
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It's difficult to find french language cds at an advanced level. I'm really enjoying these. I used the 'Behind the Wheel' series to get me to this level and now 'Perfect French' is taking me to the next level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jennifer f deegan on August 19, 2014
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Very little French is spoken on the advanced cds.
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