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Foundation Russian New Edition: Learn Russian with the Michel Thomas Method Audio CD – Audiobook, May 19, 2020
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About the Author
Natasha Bershadski studied at Moscow State Linguistic University and has taught at King's College London, University College London, and in the FCO Diplomatic Service. She is the author of all Michel Thomas Russian courses and co-author of Colloquial Russian (Routledge)
- Publisher : Michel Thomas; Bilingual edition (May 19, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1529327288
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529327281
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This style of learning is more relaxed, not stressful. No-- listening to a conversation on the street, repeat. and hope that you get it. I like Pimsleur, I like Berlitz. Great programs, but I like the Michel Thomas when I need more easy-going lessons. There is repetition and explination; like being in a small classroom setting.
Speaking of vocabulary, I should make one point clear - this set comes with a vocabulary builder, but it starts on a level that is more advanced than you will be after you finish the main part of the course. It is also considerably more fast paced. The other thing that is frustrating is the students mistakes. Correcting the students mistakes is a part of the method, but it does seem frustrating that the same mistakes are made over and over, particularly by the male actor on the CD.
The other concern I have is that the bulk of disk 8 is devoted to the Cyrillic alphabet. This is an aural course, so why waste class time on the alphabet at the expense of additional conversational skill.
Still, these are minor faults, and I think this set is a great investment of time.
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Having said all that, I have found that these CDs make good traveling companions. I drive a lot and invariably listen to them when I'm on the road. My wife has noticed my progress!
However occasionally I find this Russian set of CDs goes too fast for me, but being CDs I can go back and revise.
My Dad also enjoyed the CDs, my Mum however found the teacher annoying; therefore I'd down load a sample from audible.co.uk before you buy!
Unfortunately I have had to give up my Russian for the time being as car thieves broke into my car and having failed to hot wire her headed off with the box set of CDs..
Great product - does what it says on the tin.
I bought a different course first and found that challenging and quite academic and technical. With the Michel Thomas method you have a conversational process which makes learning easier.
This course brought me to an effective standard for visiting Russia on my own, with just a couple of hours a week for 6 weeks.