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Total French with the Michel Thomas Method Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1444133028 ISBN-10: 1444133020 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
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers; Unabridged edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444133020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133028
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fun to do and easy to learn.
Peder Shea
I do think that ultimately I will need to be immersed in the language in order to become fluent, but this is a great start.
MilFam
Now i will be able to speak french.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul on March 7, 2013
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phantom-X on July 26, 2014
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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.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Operamad on September 17, 2012
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tobias Hardy on December 29, 2012
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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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