- Series: The Michel Thomas Method
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Michel Thomas; 1 edition (May 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444790676
- ISBN-13: 978-1444790672
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Total French Foundation Course: Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method 1st Edition
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A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages―Stephen Fry
Works like a dream―Daily Telegraph
Thomas makes it simple―Sunday Times
The nearest thing to painless learning―The Times
The most extraordinary learning experience of my life―Emma Thompson
Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed―The Guardian
Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning―Time Out
About the Author
Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and was the world's most sought-after language teacher.
Top customer reviews
By drawing parallels to the English language and strategic structuring (or scaffolding), along with some cleaver word associations, he has you effectively producing advanced sentences. You'll learn a great deal of vocabulary and walk away with a systematic way of using it. Highly recommended.
Don't buy "Start French" if you are buying this package. The audio lessons from his "Start French" program are included in this "Total French" program. I bought both without realizing it.
So it's tedious, mystifying, maddening but since it's past the return date and I paid my good money I'll wade through more discs. It would be a very fine program if only the poor responder were reading the correct responses from the booklet provided...I sincerely would like to hear from Mr. Thomas himself as to the reason for such a zany format!
Terrible, sloppy execution on CD. The CD naming does not match the labeling. As a result, there are redundant CD names so that Windows Media Player will over-write disk one when you load disk three which has "Disk 1" in the file name. It took hours for me to get the complete set ripped so I could listen on a portable player. Don't install this until you have plenty of time and patience.
Michel Thomas is a true genius. How this is not the way everyone teaches, boggles my mind. It is so pure, simple, and organic. He sweeps away all the tedious mundane drudgery and goes right to the heart of the language itself. After only a 2 hours he has unveiled a vocabulary of a couple THOUSAND words in a very simple and clear ways, and how to use them so effortlessly; and all without any memorizing, taking notes, or boring assignments. It is the closest thing I have ever seen to true magic.
Not only was a language simpleton like myself in awe of these programs, but my wife who has been a High School English teacher and speaks five languages fluently already, absolutely amazed and... slightly ticked off; because of the years she spent learning those languages. Thanks to Michel Thomas she will be upping that 5 to 6 to 7 to 8 and more in a fraction of the time it took her to learn one.