- Publisher: Hodder Arnold (2000)
- ASIN: B000OVCIJG
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,473,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French with Michel Thomas
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After eight hours with Michel Thomas you will have a fairly solid command of the present tense and personal pronouns. Possesive pronouns are briefly touched upon, with others receiving even less attention or none at all. You will be able to speak in the future tense using aller: to go. "I am GOING TO buy it tomorrow." He briefly touches upon the real future tense - "I WILL buy it tomorrow" - though the coverage is lacking. His coverage of the past tense is bad, at best. He very briefly discusees the imperfect, but not the passe compose. Without getting into grammar, lets just say you'll need the latter in every day speach, i.e., "I SAW him yesterday."
Michel Thomas likes to say "Don't say it, think it" which happens to be the exact opposite philosophy of the Pimsleur program. With Pimsleur you learn how to speak without having to think out sentence structure, which is exactly how we speak our native tounges. This course is perfect for what it is, however. No other program, Pimsleur included, will have a total beginer speaking so much in so little time. If you are starting with Pimsleur or another program this course is definitely worth buying. After all, we all want to be able to speak the language we're trying to learn, and this will get you off the ground in a short period of time.
I must complain that little emphasis is placed on pronounciation. In fact, no one on the CD is a native speaker.Read more ›
Overall, I believe his method is a good one. Michel Thomas focuses on teaching the "small" but extremely important words, and less focus on general vocabulary. After years of enduring high school French, I believe Michel Thomas' is the much better method for learning to get your point across in a foreign country.
Slight irritation with Mr. Thomas' crackly voice and idiosyncracies, strong irritation with one of the students towards the end of the tape. Overall, though, it gets the job done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the approach. The logistics have been cumbersome for me. When I stop in the middle of a lesson and then reinsert or even just restart the CD after an absence, it goes back... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ghostwriter
This is a great learning tool to add in your Language learning bag. The Teacher uses the familiar Pimsleur method of learning. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Josh
Came fast with only a few defects. Not the best learning program. Not going to be fluent with this program.Published 18 months ago by Karleen
After struggling for years to learn French, a friend suggested the Michel Thomas Course. It is all it was promised to be. Read morePublished 23 months ago by N.Burnett
The most annoying beep occurs during the tape,as if they are training you like a dog to a signal whistlePublished on March 16, 2014 by walter lee
My grandson was going to France with school choir and was going to be studying French. This book was well receivedPublished on June 23, 2013 by Marilyn Schanley
Michel Thomas' method for teaching works for me. Easy to use in the car. Excellent explanations as one goes along. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by E. Millar