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Spanish With Michel Thomas (Deluxe Language Courses with Michel Thomas) Audio CD – Audiobook, July 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 063-9785401438 ISBN-10: 0071381643 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Deluxe Language Corses with Michel Thomas
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071381643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071381642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently." -- Sunday Business "A great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts". -- The Daily Telegraph "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed." -- The Guardian "Thomas makes it simple" -- Sunday Times "Michel's methods will teach you effectively and easily" -- Daily Star "Hugely inspiring" -- Red --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

No books. No writing. No drills. And nothing to memorize—ever! With his unique program, Michel Thomas has taught French, Italian, Spanish, and German to celebrities, corporate leaders, and school children—with immediate and amazing results. Now, the Language Teacher to the Stars invites you to join his class!

  • So effortless, natural, and stimulating is Michel's system for learning, once you get started you won't want to stop. You will learn in real time—fully understanding as you go along, turning words into short sentences, and then building them into longer, more complex sentences, until you are conversing in a foreign language.
  • Immediately, you will feel the excitement of understanding and expressing yourself in Spanish. Michel will have you formulating your own thoughts and sentences from the very beginning, even if you have never succeeded in learning a language before.
  • This Deluxe Edition contains eight hours of instruction on 8 CDs. Starting as a beginner, you can progress to a level of language proficiency that will enable you to converse naturally and communicate comfortably in a wide variety of situations.
  • Michel has used this very method to teach celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Emma Thompson, Warren Beatty, and Princess Grace of Monaco.

    At home or in the car—in any place and at any time—you can learn from a world-class language teacher and become one of Michel's star students today!

    "Michel Thomas has developed a truly revolutionary method of language instruction. All you have to do is follow his lead: no memorization, homework, or stress. I was amazed by my success using Michel's method." -- Warren Keegan, Professor of Business at Pace University in New York

Customer Reviews

This is by far the easiest method of learning the Spanish language I have ever tried.
Craig Lewis
In 8 hours, Michel Thomas gives an excellent overview of Spanish while Platiquemos is just getting started.
Richard Gary
To the contrary, I found the interaction between Thomas and his error, prone students very helpful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The language learning system that Michel Thomas has put together is perhaps one of the easiest methods to learn a foreign language. Not quite as easy as one would be lead to believe from the cover, it is still one of the easiest methods I have ever had the pleasure of using. And pleasure is the operative word, just listening to the CDs is all that is required. No note taking, no study of vocabulary lists, nothing in the mode of traditional language learning. Instead of going straight through the complete system I listened to each CD twice before going on to the next one. The end result was that I could watch the Spanish channels and understand what is going on. After finishing six of the eight CDs I was at a local tourist attraction with a friend who had just completed a thirteen week course at a local college. A Latin woman approached us seeking help and he was totally useless while I was able to work through her conversation and provide her the answers that she needed. How long did it take? I just listened to it in my car instead of the stereo for two weeks. Will you be totally conversant after completing the course? No. But you will have a good strong background in basic conversational Spanish and be able to carry on basic conversations with others. The best way to learn conversational Spanish on the market today.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Michel Thomas's, the Pimsleur series, and the Barron's version of the Foreign Service Institute course are the three top-selling courses on Spanish, and I did extensive research on the various high end courses before buying his. I don't have the Pimsleur one but I did buy the U.S. Foreign Service Insitute course in addition to Thomas's, and so I thought I'd make a few comments by way of comparing them in case you find them useful in choosing the right course for you.
I have to say Thomas is a gifted teacher and he has a very interesting approach requiring no notes or rote memorization. He also stresses the importance of a natural, stress-free learning environment. Thomas is a savvy guy here as this is probably one of the major stumbling blocks for the new language learner, and so he puts the student at ease right from the very beginning--a nice touch there and I give him points for that.
The second cornerstone to Thomas's method is the simulated classroom environment where you work along with two other people in the class, a man and a woman. The third, and perhaps most important aspect of Thomas's course is his memorization and note-free system of learning. Thomas starts with very simple sentences and builds up from there so the student acquires the syntax almost intuitively as he goes along. Thomas also discusses differences in pronunciation as he goes, too.
You build vocabulary as you go along also, with Thomas empasizing cognates or words that are almost identical in the two languages initially. Overall, Thomas has done a very nice job here and I can see why people like Woody Allen and others say that his course is the only one that's ever worked for them.
The Foreign Service Institute course is more traditional but also very good, and I like it, too.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By L. Curtis on December 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have been browsing all around Amazon.com for a spanish language course to brush up on my skills. After reviewing the several courses available, I stumbled upon the Michel Thomas language course. I was most impressed with the reviews and decided to buy the 8 CD set. It's true that once you listen to the lessons you're able to retain most of the information learned. I love the idea that Mr. Thomas stresses relaxation and non-memorization. It definitely takes away a lot of the pressures and anxieties off the student to make the learning experience more pleasurable and rewarding. I was not annoyed at all by the male student as in some of the previous reviews. He was very helpful to me because I could relate to some of his mistakes. I give Mr. Michel an A++ because I really enjoy studying with him and I can't wait to buy the french 8 Cd set.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "skak1" on October 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have mixed feelings with regard to this course. In some ways it is absolutely excellent. Where it is particularly good is on underlining the importance of the right stresses in the language and also in the use of pronouns. If you don't know where to place 'lo' at the end of this course then you are a moron. The course really does give you a strong sense of self-confidence in your ability to construct your own phrases in the language. The value of this cannot be over-estimated. Whilst I certainly would recommend it I would say that before buying it you should bear in mind the following. Firstly this course will NOT make you fluent in the language and will give you only a very limited vocabulary. Michel seems almost allergic to nouns and adjectives so you will not learn many of those. Little attention is paid to genders which are an area of difficulty for many English people trying to learn foreign languages. Not looking at genders means no attention was paid to adjective agreements- something which doesn't come naturally to Anglophones. He also choses to ignore two tenses which are used widely in Spanish: the past historic and the subjunctive. For this reason I would recommend that you use this course in conjunction with another language cassette couse - I would recommend the excellent Routledge 'Colloquial Spanish' cassette course as the ideal supplement. This brings me to my second criticism of this course. Cutting corners is all very well but this shouldn't be at the expense of accuracy. Michel is very scepticle of verb tables but if he looked more closely at them he would realise that in his course the endings he gives for the 'tu' form of the imperative are actually incorrect.Read more ›
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