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Michel Thomas Method™ Spanish For Beginners, 10-CD Program (Michel Thomas Series) Audio CD – April 27, 2009

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Michel Thomas taught languages for more than fifty years, developing a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world's leading language teacher. His method has been used to teach celebrities, diplomats, dignitaries, academics, and business executives.

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Product Details

  • Series: Michel Thomas Series
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071600868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071600866
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Robinson on January 8, 2011
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I ordered these CDs here at Amazon and as usual the order arrived on time and in excellent condition. Although I was very pleased with the service from Amazon I did not like this course. It just wasn't what I had expected based on some of the reviews. It may work for some but not for me. I guess because the hardest part about learning Spanish for me is understanding Spanish speakers. I can express myself better than I can understand speakers when they talk. And this course will not help in the are of understanding Spanish speakers when they speak common everyday Spanish. Mainly because Michel Thomas does not speak Spanish well. Even though I am not a native speaker of the language I could easily tell from his pronunciation that he also was not a native Spanish speaker. I would imagine that his French course is excellent. (I believe French is his first language or one of his first languages). But speaking Spanish is certainly not his area of expertise.

The two students are also not native Spanish speakers and they speak Spanish very poorly so listening to them also did not help improve my listening comprehension. In fact, listening to them could actually hurt my pronunciation because my Spanish pronunciation is so much better than theirs. I finally decided to return these CDs to Amazon and get a full refund which they promptly issued to me.

This course may work for some people. But definitely not for me or anyone else who is concerned with developing an authentic sounding accent and definitely not anyone who wants to understand native Spanish speakers when they speak common everyday Spanish.

Some other products that I recommend for Spanish language learners are Rosetta Stone Spanish.
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This is James from James Spanish (the learning Spanish blog). Michel Thomas is renowned for being one of the most successful and influential language teachers in the world. His method has helped thousands of people master a new language, and his courses are known for their high quality and in depth coverage of a language.

Key to the Michel Thomas method is that learning should be natural and intuitive, and should not rely on artificial exercises such as drills in order for you to remember words. You do, however, have to repeat each word or phrase as it is presented, so while this audio course is excellent for while you are in your own car, you won't want to try to listen to it at work or in a public place where talking to yourself could draw some strange looks!

Designed for beginners, this course covers basic sentence structure and grammar as well as some essential vocabulary. It provides a good foundation of the Spanish language in just a few hours, and best of all the relaxed teaching method means that you will be speaking with confidence and in a relaxed manner, rather than feeling nervous as you fumble for words. This confidence is invaluable when it comes to practicing your Spanish and will help immensely when you move on to more advanced Spanish language learning.

As with most Michel Thomas courses, you are guided through the lesson along with two other students. Often, one student is heard to struggle with a particular word or phrase, while the other completes it easily. In this way you never feel as though you are alone or not keeping up. It also allows you to learn from their mistakes and not feel frustrating by your own.
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I really like the Michel Thomas method. He says there is no memorization needed, but that is not the case & never is the case in learning a new language. However, because he uses a lot of similar questions & phrases in his examples, there is a lot of repetition, which helps the learner to memorize the material without the process seeming like a chore. I just listen to the CDs while I'm driving. After only about 7 or 8 hours of total listening time some of my friends were pleasantly surprised at my progress. I think overall, "Speak Spanish" is well done & is very helpful.
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I've read some of the negative reviews below and I must say, I'm absolutely surprised. Michel Thomas' Spanish For Beginners course has to be one of the best foundation language courses out there. His grasp of the language is absolutely wonderful, and through the course of these 10 CDs, he manages to cover a ridiculous amount of content - a great number of words, all the tenses, and enough vocabulary to sustain a conversation or read an intermediate Spanish text.

What's more, his method doesn't involve any sort of rote learning or note-taking. It's a recording set in a 'classroom' of sorts, and on this recording, along with Michel Thomas, are two other 'students' - a girl, who seems quite intelligent and grasps Michel's teaching quite easily, and a boy, who struggles to keep up with Michel, makes some horrendous errors quite frequently to the point that he often appears dyslexic, and is quite possibly my only gripe about this course, as he impedes my learning at times. Michel introduces a concept by giving a few examples, explaining the usage of the concept very clearly, and then repeatedly asks the students to translate some sentences. As I said before, the entire course gives a very 'classroom' feel that's very conducive to the whole learning process. People who complain that the course doesn't help you develop a native Spanish accent should remember whom the course is targeted at: absolute beginners to the language who don't live in a Spanish environment. It certainly isn't a tool for helping you develop a Spanish accent, and it isn't meant to be one either.

I liked this course so much so that I've started on the Spanish Advanced course as well! Me gustó esto mucho y va a estudiar más Español ahora! Le animo comprarlo! Gracias Michel Thomas!
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