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