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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034097169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340971697
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 6.4 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Els Van Geyte (1969-) was born in Belgium but lives in the UK. She loves teaching, languages, writing, learning and her family (not necessarily in that order). She works in the English for International Students Unit at the University of Birmingham. Her long-term projects include working towards a PhD in English and a tidier house.

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"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)

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

"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)

"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)

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Learn another language the way you learnt your own.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on 18 Oct 2008
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I'm a bit of a fan of the Michel Thomas method and have done his excellent audio courses in German and Italian. This is the first one I've tried which used a different teacher - she's actually better, the real Michel Thomas was often quite grumpy! -, but the method is the same. Each of the eight one-hour lessons comprises a teacher and two students. The teacher introduces phrases and the student repeats them. The difference with normal audio courses, though is that the focus is not just on memorising holiday phrases and lists of words but on practicing simple grammatical `units' that can re-used to build quite sophisticated conversational constructions. To me this mimics how people 'naturally' speak second (and probably first) languages. This I think is why people have a feeling of breakthrough and confidence after a MT course. In this case I had studied Dutch for a year but felt I couldn't speak it. After doing this course I feel I can, at least to some extent. The MT claim that the student doesn't have to work to learn the language is of course total nonsense though. There is just not enough vocabulary in a MT foundation course to survive, and I really have to listen to each course three or four times before it sticks. That said, if you do a MT alongside a conventional course to pick up more conventional vocabulary and phrases, they work brilliantly. As a pretty experienced language learner, I'd say if you want to learn to speak Dutch and don't have a native Nederlander to hand, do this course. Then do the Advanced one when it comes out!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Languagelover on 23 Dec 2008
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I had no intention of learning Dutch when I began listening to this course but as I have completed many of the Michel Thomas programmes I thought that it would be a shame not to give the Dutch course a try. I'm glad I did as I love almost everything about it.

The teacher, Cobie, is calm and clear in her explanations to the two students and also has a wonderful speaking voice, which I greatly enjoyed listening to . The course moves at a nice pace, not too fast or too slow. I do know a little German and sometimes this crept into my answers (and, occasionally, into those of both the students on the CD). Later on though I found myself doing this less and less and so did the other students.

The course seems to have used Michel Thomas' German programme as a template but I believe that the co-authors have done something that many would not consider possible, they have improved on that template to write a course which is in many ways better than that recorded by Michel Thomas himself. I know that some people will consider me saying this as almost sacriledge but I believe it to be true.

I would recommend this course to any beginner interested in learning Dutch or who wishes to have a better awareness of the Teutonic languages in general. The CD's would also be useful to non-beginners who might have a great deal of Dutch vocabulary but who aren't so strong on Dutch grammar.This Foundation course teaches the grammar (structure- to use the term preferred by MT) of Dutch in a very relaxed way. Relatively little vocabulary is taught, probably only around 200 words but this is its strength as one is concentrating on learning how Dutch works rather than repeating lots of words which are soon be forgotten, as happens with most language courses.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Natty on 27 Feb 2009
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I've never travelled that much, mainly because I hate the feeling that I'm 'insulting' people by not learning their languages. So when I booked a weekend break in the Netherlands with just a couple of weeks to go I bought this so that I didn't experience the normal embarrassment - and I feel it has completely transformed my travelling experience! I now have a good grounding in the language and it's set off a new interest in learning languages. I'm going to buy the advanced Dutch course when it's released tomorrow. I'm amazed by how quickly it works.

I find that if I listen to it on the Tube or as I'm falling asleep I absorb so much without trying. In contrast with other ways of learning, you are taught in a way that makes you 'think' in the language you're learning. The Michel Thomas is much easier than any other method I've tried so far - I now intend to follow several of the courses. (Already started on Japanese!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. McManus VINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2008
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This course is a solid introduction to the Dutch language, and covers the bases well. The user is also introduced to short cuts, and words which help you to memorise important items of Dutch vocabulary. The teacher has a friendly, relaxed tone and this significantly helps the learning process.

I have lived and worked in a Dutch speaking country before, so the course was more of a "catch up", but I still found it very useful for anchoring useful phrases and concepts in my memory, as well as touching on simple but effective introductions to tidying up my Dutch grammar. I eagerly await the advanced course being released.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S Smyth on 16 Jun 2009
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The Michel Thomas method lives on in this Dutch course. The product is improved from what it was, in that a more balanced pair of capable students are employed, instead of there being one reasonable student and one less able student, for the purposes of demonstrating that even the least able student can succeed. This is not to be disputed, per se, but it can quickly become tiresome for those who may be no better than the least able, but are keen to not be distracted in the latter part of the course, which requires a fair degree of concentration, after disc 3.

Learners of Dutch will soon discover that Dutch has many similarities to German in its grammatical paradigms, so may wish to consider the German course, in the future. The Dutch course does cover a lot of ground from the essential handling of verbs and a basic vocabulary, etc., but those wishing to be moderately proficient, must also be prepared to assemble a good set of vocabulary lists arranged in categories for convenience (colours, days of the week and such like), and Dutch specific phrases.

Learners can find some useful resources on the Internet, for this activity. Learners should also consider spending time in the Netherlands, which incorporates north and south Holland :-)
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