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Michel Thomas Speak French For Beginners: 10-CD Beginner's Program Audio CD – Nov 20 2006

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071479821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071479820
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #958,801 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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I play the cds in my car while I drive, over and over again. With no other exposure to French, only these cds, I was able to navigate my way through Paris & France, doing relatively complicated negotiations like returning a soiled item at a tourist store and asking someone to try on a jacket for size, so I can see if it would fit my husband!

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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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Course June 16 2007
By Paul Jacks - Published on Amazon.com
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This course is truly extraordinary. I have been a student of French for many years and while possessing decent reading and vocabulary skills, I have always felt uncomfortable when speaking French. I have purchased many study aids over the years and none have really helped much. I have generally despaired that I would never attain my desired level of fluency. That was until I ran across an advertisement for Michel Thomas's course. Although I have some knowledge of the French language, I decided to start at the beginning, in order to progress through the entire course. Although skeptical at first, I really enjoyed each CD. Michel Thomas's teaching style is truly incredible. He breaks down pronunciation and elements of grammar in ways that I never learned before. His pacing is just about right (much quicker than Primsleur, but not too fast), especially for someone with a background in the language. The CDs already have me more comfortable constructing sentences than any of the collegiate or other coursework that I have undertaken previously. I look forward to each CD and the beginner course has proven to be very useful for both review and enrichment. I cannot wait to start the next series and I feel that by completing the full course and supplementary CDs, I will definitely attain my desired level of fluency. I strongly recommend this course for absolute beginners or for those students, like myself, who want to improve their skills in French.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good course... Sept. 12 2007
By B. Keilani - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the 10 CDs (beginner set) and the 5 advanced CDs. I did finish all 10 CDs. I definitely like this course. I am not saying it is the best, but it is good. I would recommend listening to each CD several times. I do this even though I studied French for years. It works for me, at least, as he breaks things down for you, he is very knowledgeable about languges and linguistics, you feel like you are one of his students. He is talking to two students, and you have time to think and answer too. Thus, you feel like you are his third student. I do know French, so I disagree with the poster who said it is not real French. Anyway, this is a beginner's set. It is not going to focus on slang, all the common speech out there, it focuses on the basics. It doesn't focus on every way to say something in French and tries to connect similar things said in English to what is said in French. I am satisfied with the course. I recommend French CDs even for those who know French and studied it, because you can't really know a language until you hear it so much. Michel Thomas passed away two years ago. He was a special man who gave so much, and we are lucky he did not perish long ago in World War II, some of his family members were not so lucky. Merci mille fois. I definitely recommend this program. Michel was very much an intellectual, polyglot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed at how well I could communicate and understand just ... Nov. 18 2015
By LSmith - Published on Amazon.com
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Recently used what I had learned during trip to Normandy and Paris. Amazed at how well I could communicate and understand just from these cd's. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. Bonne chance!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it promises to do July 13 2008
By Haruspex vivorum - Published on Amazon.com
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This product lives up to its title - you will be speaking French by the time you finish listening to the CDs. And listening has never come so easily (outside a real classroom, at least). The recording features Michel Thomas working with two students - one with a little more experience in French than the other - but neither with much more than yourself. While listening, you not only pick up the information imparted by Michel Thomas, but you also have a chance to learn from the mistakes of the other two students. By the end of the course, you will a basic vocabulary and a grasp on the fundaments of French grammar. And all this without the intimidation of being face to face with an instructor!

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!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! It worked for me! July 14 2007
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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I was skeptical of buying any language CD program.

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.