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Total Russian with the Michel Thomas Method Paperback – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1444138078 ISBN-10: 1444138073 Edition: Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Series: Michel Thomas
  • Paperback: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers; Unabridged edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444138073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444138078
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Review

"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

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Fetterman on February 9, 2012
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I began this course after completing Pimsleur Russian I & II. I knew that I would probably know much of the material, but I decided it would be a good review and I would probably learn some new things as well. As far as I can determine, other than an upgrade in the packaging design, it is just a bundling of MT's Beginner Russian and Vocab CD products at a slightly higher price. In advertising their new product line, MT says that interactive computer exercises have been added for "some languages." Russian is apparently not one of those languages.

The methodology is significantly different from Pimsleur. The instructor, who speaks English with a charming British accent, is teaching Russian to two adult students, a man and a woman. They make mistakes, and she corrects them. They make the same mistakes, and she corrects them again. Sometimes she just lets it slide. She is patient and good-humoured. If I were taking private Russian classes, I would consider myself very fortunate to have an instructor like Ms. Bershadski. However, I am not sure the methodology works for a self-paced CD course. I find myself annoyed by the repeated errors of her students. I appreciate that she identifies and corrects potential errors that a student might make; however, after the same error is corrected four or five times, I feel like my learning time is not being used efficiently.

The other major objection I have is that the students' pronunciation and accent is sorely deficient. Because I have listened to 30 hrs of Pimsleur CDs, I am able to ignore their mangling of the Russian language. However, if I were approaching Russian for the very first time, I think I would find it confusing to constantly hear Russian spoken incorrectly. Ms.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Taylor on December 29, 2012
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I bought Michel Thomas Total Russian and Pimsleur Russian I to use in tandem -- I used Pimsleur at home and left Michel Thomas in the car. I found them incredibly helpful with each other. Sometimes the Pimsleur audio is a little difficult to understand -- was that a V sound, or a B sound? Was it N or M? -- and often the Michel Thomas goes over the same material and I can hear the difference better. Or occasionally I'll be confused about why I'm hearing B Mockby in one sentence and B Mockbe in another, and the other audio will present that info in a way that will clear it up for me. Some people dislike the fact that the students on the Michel Thomas audio are too slow and make too many mistakes, and I do feel that sometimes, but other times their mistakes cause the teacher to correct them in a way that makes me realize I was making a similar mistake. I'm planning to buy the Perfect Russian next, and am also starting Pimsleur Russian II.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By noni52 on July 18, 2012
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In just a few weeks,I have learned so much!I am now able to understand the structure of the Russian language and how to form sentences.I am building my vocabulary and understanding how to use various words and to change word order.

TOTAL RUSSIAN..... YOU ROCK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia M. Churchill on March 24, 2013
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Natasha Bershadski has a pleasant voice and manner. She makes sure to give the full phrase or sentence at the conclusion of each exercise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dan on September 24, 2014
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I did the Two Michel Thomas Russian courses (Total and Perfect) after completing both Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur. Definitely an outstanding course and well worth it. I would say the primary strength of this course versus the other two is it clearly explains much of the Russian grammar. There were many things I was unclear about from the other courses that this course spelled out clearly which did a great job of reinforcing the ideas.
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