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Total Dutch (Learn Dutch with the Michel Thomas Method) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Els Van Geyte , Cobie Adkins-De Jong
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27 May 2011 144413809X 978-1444138092 Unabridged

Learn Dutch - Instantly.

No books. No writing. No memorizing.

Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.

"The nearest thing to painless learning" - The Times

- Guaranteed success. Speak and understand Dutch perfectly

- Incredible progress. Learn Dutch effortlessly

- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying

The Method:

Stress-free audio learning

Michel Thomas teaches you Dutch through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. He builds it up, step by step, and you don't move on until you've absorbed and understood the previous point. And, as Michel Thomas said, 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' With parallels to the way you learned your own language, you'll learn Dutch in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization.

Why it Works:

Learn the Dutch language the way you learned your own

You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Dutch in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas.

This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your Dutch in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably.

Learn Anywhere

Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

What's in the Course?

- 12 hours of audio on CD

- NEW: visual learning review for PC or Mac

- NEW: over 2 hours of extra vocab help

- NEW: interactive exercises to check your progress

How Does it Work?

- Listen: collect words effortlessly by listening

- Connect: create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together

- Speak: put the words back together to build sentences, naturally

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Understand the various Michel Thomas levels [PDF]
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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144413809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444138092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 17 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The nearest thing to painless learning" (The Times)

"A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" (Stephen Fry)

"The most extraordinary experience of my life" (Emma Thompson)

"Thomas makes it simple" (Sunday Times)

"Works like a dream" (Daily Telegraph)

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

"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" (Time Out)

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Guaranteed success, incredible progress and absolute confidence in Dutch.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not quite as described on Amazon 20 July 2011
By Chris G
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a re-packaged edition of the original Foundation Course, I expect, and as good as the reviews for that product (now too expensive to bother with). What is misleading, however, is that Amazon quote the generic description:
"What's in the Course?

- 12 hours of audio on CD
- NEW: visual learning review for PC or Mac
- NEW: over 2 hours of extra vocab help
- NEW: interactive exercises to check your progress"

which only applies to the "most popular" languages - and Dutch isn't one of them, so it does not include the 2-CD vocabulary section or the review CD-ROM. It only has the original 8-hours of audio lessons, in a new, blue, box. This may be reflected in the low price on Amazon, of course, although the French, German, Spanish, etc., courses are currently only 48 and they DO include the vocab and review CD sets.

It's still a brilliant way to start learning Dutch, but it's slightly disappointing when you open the box to find less than the description promised.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent 22 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Does what it says on the tin. Teaches you to speak Dutch, without any books, through a series of drills. The tutor is very clear, adding words and concepts as she goes until the point that you think you can't remember any more, then she backs off and goes back to a simple exercise, then builds you up again... Also uses the similarities between English and Dutch to get to going, rather than ignoring them. Excellent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 6 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
I am a massive fan of the Michel Thomas method. I did French up to GCSE level at school, but other than that I have no language learning experience. I didn't enjoy learning French at school at all, but this method makes language learning enjoyable and exciting. This won't provide you with vast amounts of vocabulary, but it will give you the basic foundations of the language, which can easily be built upon. The time and hours just fly by when you do this course, it's just so enjoyable. I accept that other people may prefer other language learning tool, but for me, this is brilliant and can be used in conjunction with any other course. Even though Michel Thomas doesn't actually teach this course, it is still the same method, and the teachers are very good. In summary; for the money, this is a terrific course, and I would highly recommend everyone to try it!

I was already fluent in Dutch, prior to taking this course, as I'm half Dutch. But, my younger brother and girlfriend have completed this course. When they were doing so I did it with them, and found it to be very good and I was surprised at how fast they were speaking to me competently in Dutch! A friend had the old version of this course and it was pretty much the same! They may have added a little, but there is not much of the extra material which has been added to the main courses. Overall a great product though, slightly disappointed they didn't add more extra material!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent course and an enjoyable experience 25 April 2013
By tombola
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this having previously purchased the Start Dutch CD as a taster which was my first experience of the Michel Thomas method. I was delighted to have at last found a method that made language learning enjoyable, and which turned what had previously been difficult to remember into sentences which seemed to come naturally. The teacher is superb, gently nudging your fellow classmates (and you, because you'll make similar mistakes) towards the right responses, and the excellent structure and writing of the course means that each item builds on what has gone before in a natural way.

The Total course takes you from being a complete novice up to a level of increasing confidence. It is important to note that this course won't make you fluent, and you will still be a fair way from being able to fully understand written and especially spoken Dutch - you won't have fully covered the language, you'll have too small a vocabulary, and you won't be at the level where your brain works quickly enough in the new language. However after completing this course I was able to pick up a 500-word magazine article at random and work out what most of it was about, and when watching Dutch TV I could recognise occasional sentences, phrases or expressions: in particular you can start to hear the building blocks. For a complete beginner who has previously failed to get to any sort of level in Spanish, French and German to now get to that point in a little over 5 weeks shows how massively impressive this method is.

The other strength is its price: in terms of per amount of progress, this course represents excellent value.

I have now bought the "Pefect Dutch" course so will review that when I have completed it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
In just two weeks my Dutch was catapulted from almost zero to a level that would certainly take a much longer period to achieve. Everyone was really impressed, and to be honest I was impressed that they were impressed. And that is because you don't realise how much and how fast you are learning. So much so, that previously, job agencies insisted in me learning at least some basic Dutch. Two weeks later they were so surprised that they did whatever they could to find me a job... and they did... the next day!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow even when using in the
Comprehensive language CDs featuring native speaker and non Dutch speaking students. Easy to follow even when using in the car
Published 25 days ago by Ari
2.0 out of 5 stars Dificult to fo follow
Everibody knows that Dutch is not an easy language, but this mhetod is not esy to follow. Uselees for my needs.
Published 9 months ago by Viriato Paramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Michel Thomas method is streets ahead of the alternatives
Although you cant learn a language with only Michel Thomas, it is by far the best way to start learning a language.
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Scooter Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Dutch
I am really enjoying these CD's, it is a listen & repeat method which I am finding to my surprise really works!!
Published 15 months ago by maureen clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars MICHEL THOMAS versus PIMSLEUR ... BOTH are very good!
I purchased the MICHEL THOMAS Total Dutch course shortly after having completed the PIMSLEUR Comprehensive Dutch course. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jamais sans mon minou
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I have used Michel Thomas Method before for French, and am now needing to learn Dutch before a move over there. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jilly greig
5.0 out of 5 stars Michel Thomas
It's a series to give you confidence in several languages. From a beginner in September, I spoke Dutch to an audience in Maastricht Castle last week. Now that's progress. Read more
Published 19 months ago by miller caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch any time
I bought this course as I had already tried classes and books and was after something a bit different. I also spend a lot of time driving so this seemed like the ideal choice. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zebbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent language course
This course follows the original Michel Thomas formula of "3 people in a class of which you are one", which I personally find much easier to stick with than the scenario teaching... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Ginny May
5.0 out of 5 stars het is heel goed
I've been attempting to learn Dutch for years. In the past I had simply used books. I had two beginner books and a grammer book. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Aapje
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