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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340789735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340789735
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michel Thomas was a gifted linguist who mastered more than ten languages in his life-time and became famous for teaching much of Hollywood's 'A' list how to speak a foreign language. Film stars such as Woody Allen, Emma Thompson and Barbra Streisand paid thousands of dollars each for face-to-face lessons.

Michel Thomas was born Moniek Kroskof, the only son of a Jewish family who owned a textile factory in Poland in 1914. As a young boy, Michel was sent to live in Germany to escape the anti-Semitism directed at his family. Living in Vienna in 1938, when the Nazis annexed Austria, Michel was rendered stateless as a Jew.

He fled the country for France, and when the Germans invaded he joined the French Resistance.

He spent two brutal years in French concentration and slave labour camps, and narrowly avoiding being sent to Auschwitz. He escaped, surviving capture, interrogation by Klaus Barbie and torture by the Gestapo.

His mastery of languages enabled him to adopt many identities. At the end of the war, he masterminded operations to uncover war criminals and infiltrate underground Nazi groups.

It was during Michel's wartime experiences that he discovered his ability to block out pain and unearth the untapped potential of the human mind. The only way he survived this period of his life, particularly his capture by the Gestapo, was by concentrating and placing his mind beyond the physical.

Fascinated by this experience, he was determined that, after the war, he would devote himself to exploring further the power of the human mind, and so dedicated his life to education.

In 1947, he moved to Los Angeles and set up the Michel Thomas Language Centres, from where he taught languages for over fifty years in New York, Beverly Hills and London.

Michel Thomas died of heart failure at his home in New York City on Saturday 8th January 2005. He was 90 years old.

The unique all-audio Michel Thomas Method of language learning has been used by over a million people. It requires no reading, no writing and no homework, so that you can learn painlessly and effectively. Choose from 12 exciting languages - start with the beginner's Foundation courses in French (9780340938911); German (9780340938928), Italian (9780340938942) and Spanish (9780340938935). Then expand your knowledge with the Advanced French (9780340938980); German
(9780340939130); Italian (9780340939000) and Spanish (9780340938997) courses and take your learning even further with a range of Language Builders and Vocabulary courses.

The Michel Thomas Method has now been applied to new languages including Greek (9780340983935); Portuguese (9780340971673); Russian (9780340948415); Mandarin Chinese (9780340957264); Polish (9780340975176) and Japanese (9780340974575).

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Review

Ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently. (Sunday Business)

"A great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts". (The Daily Telegraph)

Five minutes into the first CD, you already feel like you're winning. (Time Out)

Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed. (The Guardian)

Thomas makes it simple (Sunday Times)

Michel's methods will teach you effectively and easily (Daily Star)

Hugely inspiring (Red)

"Excellent for learning ... This entirely audio course is easy to use and quickly results in some useful ability in the new language. Great for the car." (Adventure Travel)

"Moving along at a relaxed, slow pace, punctuated by amusing anecdotes and jokes from the teacher, the new words, phrases and language rules are gently introduced and reinforced through subtle repetition without ever being tedious. In fact, despite a distinct emphasis on non-work, the course proves very effective and enjoyable, and its format is ideal for learning anywhere you like. So, if you only want to learn to speak the language, this course is highly recommended." (Top Real Travel Product, Real Travel)

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Following the huge success of German with Michel Thomas, this course is suitable for anyone who has a basic knowledge of German and wants to brush up their language skills. This stress-free, all-audio method is a genuinely new way of learning a language.

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By David Rawson on 5 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This addition to the standard 8 hour course is excellent. It covers alot of vocabulary and grammar. I live in Switzerland and speak a little german everyday - this language builder has helped me to speak a little more each day. It is not easy tho' and one must repeat the course to get maximum retention & understanding. I reckon it takes around 3hrs to complete, and needs repeating at least once - but what you get for 6hours study if well worth the effort. I would suggest that on the next addition, the publishers put in at least a small 'pause' time tho', sometimes the CD pause misses out some important intonation that Michel speaks. Anyone who has covered the 8 hour course, the various 'Teach Yourself' or Pimsleur courses will benefit from this. The little booklet is useful too and can be used as learning tool in it's own right, and aids recall of the German you have learned.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By yosato@cableinet.co.uk on 2 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Very good self-teaching material to build your confidence, particularly in speaking. Its audio-centered method is very effective and what you learn is stuck in your memory. I can now deal much more fluently with the notorious German word order. Recommended for all the intermediate German learners who feel they are stuck in some sort of impasse.
Wish it was little longer, though. Hope a more advanced course will appear.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Fabio Moioli on 3 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought several AudioBooks to practice my German and I must admit I found all of them quite useful. What I appreciated most of "Michel Thomas German Language Builder (Michel Thomas Series)" was however the learning approach upon which this Audio-CD course is based. The sentences are carefully chosen to consolidate what you listened previously and somehow you get to learn how to correctly build a sentence in German although you are never explicitly taught about it. This course is probably not the best if you are an absolute beginner, neither if you are already proficient in German. It is anyway really good if you have already a basic knowledge of German and needs to consolidate your knowledge of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Gledhill on 23 Mar. 2008
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As another reviewer has said, Michel Thomas IS the language God. I'm doing a Berlitz German course here in Zurich, and it amazes me how much of what he (very clealy) taught me crops up in my advanced (Level 4 out of 7) course.

One tip though: do the 8-hour foundation course BEFORE doing this vocab course. This language builder course covers a LOT of vocab, thick and fast, and you may well find it overwhelming without doing the calmer-paced foundation course first.

Having said that, they are excellent courses, and THE best way to start learning a language.

Oh, and one other tip - amazon also sells a 5-CD language course "using the Michel Thomas" method. This claims to teach you 1,000 words. The problem is, it completely goes against his teaching principle, and is more of a "hit and run" approach to learning a language. Michel Thomas would be appalled. In a nutshell, if it hasn't got his face on the box, avoid it !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Gledhill on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a great review of Michel Thomas' Foundation and Advanced German course. But if you haven't done both of these courses, then don't bother buying this one, as you'll be lost !

Note that this is a "Language" builder, rather than "Vocab" builder.

Like the other Michel products, this won't teach you the word for dog, green, tomato, etc. It's a review of plenty of German Language rules, and you'll end up learning lots of fairly complex "it" sentences:

"I want to do it, but I don't know if I can't do it today."

Bad points: again, Michel completely avoids mentioning accusative, nominative, genative tenses... so he'll use the words (the relevant way of saying "the") but never mention *why* he's used a particular tense.

Good points: it's still the best course to use to learn German.

Just avoid the "German Vocabulary Course" which isn't Michel Thomas, and despite it's name, doesn't use his learn & repetition approach. It's more like a bad "Learn German in your car" course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rooke on 15 Feb. 2010
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In my opinion there is no magic bullet when it comes to learning a language. You need to acquire knowledge of the grammar and an extensive vocabulary. I have worked for years on my german but speak it very very badly. My problem has always been the word order of german sentences. Whilst I am attempting to speak in german I become self consciously aware that my words (from a german perpective) are horribly mixed up. This destroys any semblance of fluency and causes much frustration for all (particularly me). Michel Thomas' Language Builder has proved to be the greatest tool for overcoming my difficulties and I heartily recommend it to all - beginners and struggling veterans alike. It must be an essential CD in the Tool Kit for anyone studying this language.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Mathieson on 13 Mar. 2004
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I was doing German for thicko's in my first year at uni and was struggling to put a sentence together. I bought this CD not knowing what to expect but found out that Michel Thomas is the language god!
I haven't studied german or listened to the CD in ages but i still manage to astound myself by waffling away bits of ze Deutsch which have been glued into my goldfish like mind!
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