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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340939737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340939734
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 4.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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The long-awaited follow-on vocabulary course to the phenomenally successful Michel Thomas Method Foundation and Advanced Courses is here!

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By johnny t99 on 23 Sept. 2008
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I've been a huge fan of Michel Thomas for years and would recommend any of his CD audio courses to anyone wanting to learn Spanish, Italian, French or German.
Were Michel alive today however, I wonder what he would make of this latest batch of language products - I mean the Vocabulary Courses - which bear his name.
Take the Spanish for example. With regard to the content I find little with which to quibble - although the endless repetition (like a mantra) of Michel's name becomes increasingly annoying as the course progresses. Indeed the inclusion in the course of two native speakers (one Castillian, the other Latin American) is a welcome and wholly positive aspect.
The problem is Rose Lee Hayden who presents the whole thing. On the box she is quoted as being Michel's 'most trusted teacher'. If this 'trust' - as one assumes - is based on her apparent linguistic ability, then such a claim is extraordinary because frankly, in my opinion her Spanish pronunciation is absolutely appalling. The impression given is that she had half an hour's crash course on the language before recording began - she seems to keep forgetting and remembering the pronunciation rules of Spanish (which are not particulary difficult, incidentally) arbitrarily, as one would expect from a child after a couple of lessons.
I would imagine that Ms Hayden was in charge of this project herself because otherwise I cannot imagine how anyone in his right mind would let her loose on it!
In conclusion, my advice to anyone considering buying this product would be 'approach with caution'. Yes, it will improve the breadth of your Spanish but tackle the course in small bites - else the sound of Rose Lee Hayden drawling along interminably in broad New-Yorkese while pausing only to massacre the beautiful sounds of the target language, might send you over the edge!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Davies on 19 Aug. 2010
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First and foremost, this vocabulary course is a highly useful addition to the Michel Thomas series. The course teaches vocabulary by applying the words to useful sentences that the listener is invited to repeat. For instance, for the adjective 'drinkable/bebible', you are asked to formulate 'el vino no es muy bueno pero es bebible/ the wine is not very good but it is drinkable'. With this basis of structure you can come up your own sentences, so the framework of the course serves as a springboard for your own personal study.

I thought a real strength of the CD was the inclusion of a Latin American speaker (male) and Spanish speaker (female). Their inclusion and repetition of the words and sentences gives the course a real authenticity which is especially vital as the presenter has an at times, in my opinion, shaky command of spanish. For instance, her pronunciation of spanish vowels is awkward.

But the worst aspect of Hayden's presentation is that she comes across as this devoted follower of all things Michel Thomas - any opportunity to reference the man or the method is seized upon with relish. It doesn't take long before it becomes annoying and spread as it is over six chunky CDs you have to inure yourself somewhat.

However due to the all-round usefulness of the CD and the inclusion of the native speakers, I found it helpful but I would imagine for others it would be a turn-off. To give Hayden some credit the recordings are thoughtfully put together, well-structured and rich in learning, and she is excellent at getting you to construct adjectives from the verbs. You'll probably just have to swallow your pride a little bit in order to take full advantage of this worthy course.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Rhythmvox on 31 July 2007
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The classic format of the Michel Thomas Spanish series, as represented by the Foundation and Advanced courses, is `live' lessons given to real students. This works for as long as the students' abilities exceed or match your own. Repeated plays of someone else's mistakes will eventually wear anyone down. This does not detract from the quality of the courses: proper use of the CDs will ensure a sound and solid grounding in the language.

The series also includes 'Review' and 'Language Builder' editions. The Review courses are edited versions of the relevant original course, while Language Builder expands on vocabulary and colloquial knowledge. The common factor in these deviations is they feature Michel Thomas alone, talking directly to you, the only student. One-on-one is generally deemed the most effective way of teaching and these courses are no exception: the lack of distraction is a welcome contrast to the Foundation and Advanced courses.

The format in this latest edition is different again: two native speakers replace the students - a great improvement on a good idea - while Rose Lee Hayden takes the role of the great man. One strives to be objective, but from a personal angle, this is where it all starts to come apart.

Even with the conversational possibilities inherent with two students live in a studio, Michel Thomas very rarely strayed from the business of teaching the language and certainly never descended into small talk, all the time keeping a coherent path and displaying impeccable manners, even when his patience was being tested. Rose Lee however, despite only having the microphone for company, takes every opportunity to inject a 'personality' into proceedings, which as the template demonstrates, is utterly unnecessary.
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