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Michel Thomas Speak Italian for Beginners: 10-CD Beginner's Program Audio CD – Abridged, Nov 20 2006


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071480072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071480079
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #970,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michel Thomas was head of the Michel Thomas Language Centers and taught languages for more than 50 years, primarily in New York, Beverly Hills, and London. Over a period of 25 years he developed a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world’s leading language teacher.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank B. Richardson on April 9 2009
Format: Audio CD
I started to learn Italian with this super course about three months before leaving for a two week tour of Italy. I was hailed as a linguistic genius by others in the group as well as the locals all over the country, and was able to make myself understood perfectly. As a language nut, I can`t recommend this course too highly - it hands Italian to you on a plate, with very little effort on your part. I plan to study Spanish with Michel Thomas next, and can`t wait to get started.
Brian Richardson,
Sidney, B.C.,
Canada.
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I started with the 2 CD kit and was hungry for more. He is an amazing teacher. I have never encountered such a good language teacher. He makes it effortless.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Very different approach Feb. 3 2007
By T. Ames - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this course in Jan. 2007 and have completed the first CD and now on to the second. I must say that Michel's approach is quite different from other courses I have tried on Italian. Most courses start out with the traditional greeting between two people. Ciao! Come sta, etc. The first thing Michel talks about is "there are a few thousand words that are similar in English and Italian". The first Italian word you learn is "possibile" or "possible" in English. Then "è" for "it is", then "per me" for "for me" Put together "è possibile per me". You have your first phrase "it is possible for me." I am on the second CD and have not hear "Ciao" yet! Right away you start learning the spoken structure of a sentence by learning several verbs and how to use them in a sentence.

You are learning with two other people. They are struggling to say it just like you are. Make sure your CD player has a pause button. You will need it and have to press it very quickly. When Michel says "How do you say...." listen quickly and press pause. Try it yourself in Italian, then press play. The other students on the CD will try to say it. You learn much better if you try it first before listening to the other students.

I gave this four stars , since on occasion, there are some phrases that have a word that Michel has not mentioned yet. The students seem to know it somehow. So far this has happened with "con me" and "con Lei" (with me, with you) and "La vede domani" (I will see you tomorrow). Michel says the word "La", but does not say why it is in the sentence. Also, with the first CD, I think Michel is teaching in the "formal" context, using Lei for "you" instead of "tu". However, he does not mention that fact. Even though Michel says not to review, I found myself needing to do that, and would recommend it before moving on with lessons.

Overall I think it is a great way to learn. You find yourself looking around you and thinking how that would be said in Italian.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
OK, but not MT's best effort Nov. 19 2008
By newman - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the MT 10 cd set for beginning French and thought it was great. In preparing for a trip to Italy, I got the Italian version. It isn't as good, primarily because MT seems a bit lost at times. He doesn't control the two students who sometimes seem to be in charge of the lesson. There are long exasperating stretches when the instruction is practically non-existent while we listen to the students grope for what to say and how to say it in Italian. It still gets three stars because MT's method gives a lot in a short period of time, even with his shortcomings here.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ottimo! July 1 2008
By louienapoli - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up a lot of Italian when I was a teenager, although a lot of it was dialect. When I wanted to get a good understanding of the language I bought the Pimsleur courses, which are excellent but molto caro. My significant other, though, dislikes the Pimsleur approach and so, on a whim, i bought her the Michel Thomas Beginners' Program. We started listening to it together, and it's superb. His approach requires that you relax and make no effort to remember. Gradually, painlessly, he imparts grammar (which he calls "structure" to avoid stressing you out with a word that causes many reflexively to clench mentally). Now I have his advanced cds as well and I'm learning things I never knew or never understood properly. It's wonderful how he imparts understanding. So gradual and so effortless. It's fun. I highly recommend his cds. And they're much less expensive than Pimsleur and, in my view, as good or better.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
E Fantastico! March 16 2008
By A. Marks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I used Michel Thomas' Spanish lessons to prepare for a trip to Argentina and it was very helpful. I already knew I liked his intuitive, practical method of teaching, but I had no idea the Italian CDs would be so much more comprehensive than the Spanish ones.

He covers far more verb tenses than on the Spanish one (present, simple past, imperfect, conditional, and future).

He's a terrific teacher - I recommend these tapes to ANYONE. It's so much more useful and practical than the classic "listen/repeat" ("Where is the train station") kind of language lessons.

My only complaint is that he teaches "you" completely in the formal 3rd person tense, never in the informal "tu" form, and I've already been busted for that in practice conversations with an Italian friend. So I'd recommend looking up some of those verbs/rules and just making the adjustment yourself when you're doing the exercises.

Am ready to move on to "advanced" and I can't wait.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
aka: Italian on the iPod Oct. 1 2007
By A. Maistrova - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since I spend a lot of time driving, this has been a wonderful way to learn for me. I have no other time, and now my otherwise 'wasted' time is useful. Also, the way he teaches is great because you learn useful phrases you can use right away, so you pick it up really quick. Oh and you can put it on your iPod and listen to it pretty much anywhere.


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