Michel Thomas Speak French For Beginners: 10-CD Beginner's Program Audio CD – Nov 20 2006
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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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He explains the language so logically that it makes sense. He helps you to remember. He gives clues and shortcuts and teaches you to do educated guesses.
My 12 year old daughter did not like French in school, so I also persuaded her to work through these cds and suddenly, she understands the language and has confidence! Her marks have improved too, she had climbed from a B symbol to 90% for her French in a couple of months!
Michel Thomas is an excellent teacher. I also read French now, even though reading is not specifically covered in these cds, they put you on track to go further.
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However, there are a few qualifications. First, the course is a little light on vocabulary. It does give you the tools to enlarge your vocabulary considerably, but this expansion consists largely of learning words such as "condition" and "politique" - no great feat. Lacking is any introduction to numbers, colors, days of the week, body parts, and other words which are both essential and completely unpredictable based on their counterparts in English. Second, if you are complete beginner, you may wish for more discussion of pronunciation. The students' pronunciation is hit or miss, and the course would never end if Michel Thomas always stopped to correct them. Thus you must have a good ear to tell, for example, that the letters such as "r" and "u" are pronounced differently in French than in English. Third, even after faithfully soaking up every point of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation offered in this course, you will still have a rather limited knowledge of French. Most likely, you will not be able to follow a conversation or a television or radio program, and reading the most elementary French books will require a dictionary. Thus "Speak French for Beginners" truly represents a beginning in learning this beautiful and fascinating language.
So why the five stars? For the price, there is nothing more effective. The method of instruction literally speaks for itself. Also, the course is efficient in that a great deal is taught in a relatively short time. Finally, in addition to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, this course offers something much more lasting: the confidence to keep learning. So try "Speak French for Beginners" and get inspired!
It had been 9 years since I was inside a French classroom. I took 3 years in high school, tested out of 101 and 102 in college, and completed 201 and 202 my freshman year.
Needless to say, my French was rusty. However, I was leaving on a 10 day trip to France on April 1st.
After reading the reviews, I bought Michel's CDs in late February. Wow! What a great refresher and I learned more useful expressions (and correct pronounciation) in 10 hours than I did in all the French classes I took. With the method Michel uses, you really feel like you're learning and are driven to stick with it.
I got by in Paris, Alsace-Lorraine and the Rivera with little problem.
If you're looking to brush up on your French or just want to learn it for the first time, buy this set!
On the downside, I feel if you don't have a basic foundation of the French language before listening to the CDs, you might be lost on the spelling of the words. I recommend buying a dictionary or grammar book as a printed reference.
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