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

Michel Thomas
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29 April 2011 1444133020 978-1444133028 Unabridged

Learn French - 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 French perfectly

- Incredible progress. Learn French effortlessly

- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying

The Method:

Stress-free audio learning

Michel Thomas teaches you French 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 French in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization.

Why it Works:

Learn the French language the way you learned your own

You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French 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 French 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]
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (29 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444133020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 17 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

"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)

"I've tried many courses including Rosetta Stone but I've finally found a language method that works. I'm doing the French course and I can now hold a decent conversation with my parents' neighbors in France!" (Aubrey Parsons, Michel Thomas Method customer)

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Guaranteed success, incredible progress and absolute confidence in French.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michel Thomas V Paul Noble? 13 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Michel Thomas and Paul Noble use similar methods to teach French and they are both very effective. They both have benefits and disadvantages.

I found Paul's CD easier to follow. Paul speaks and explains the French language very clearly and he uses a native French speaker to make sure the pronounciation is correct. It is very systematic and straight-forward and by the end of the course I felt I had a decent understanding of basic French.

On the negative side, it did at times feel a little slow-paced and Paul sometimes repeats explanations which are unnecessary and become a little annoying near the end of the course. I also found that while I could remember the language the way that he taught it, I struggled when hearing the language elsewhere.

Michel Thomas is less systematic but feels more organic. His phraseology is more gritty and down-to-earth. For example, where Paul teaches 'it is not' as 'Ce n-est pas', Michel tells you to pronounce it as 'snay pas' because that is the way it is spoken in France most of the time. Probably the biggest advantage of Michel's course is that once you've finished the basic course, you can continue with more advanced French and then even more advanced French (on more of his CDs). Having said that, there is a free internet course called 'Duolingo' which is better than any of the CDs as it builds up a broader vocabulary and keeps going until you're fluent.

I found that the CDs taught me the basics well but Duolingo has been much more effective. Using both have the advantage of hearing the language spoken by different people and taught in slightly different ways.

I've found learning the French hugely beneficial, opening up an understanding of a part of the world that is limited without knowing the language. Really enjoying it.
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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Here's a tip if you're thinking of buying this. Listen to a bit of Michel Thomas first - you've probably got a friend who owns one of his CD sets. Why am I advising this? Because people seem to either love him or hate him. Some learners just don't seem to be able to get along with his voice; no matter how brilliant the teaching method (and it is), it won't help someone who can't bring themselves to listen to it.

I am strongly motivated to learn French; I moved to France a few months ago and don't want to feel like an idiot every time a French person talks to me. The Michel Thomas method is great for getting you to realise how many French words you already know (as thousands of words are the same as in English, just pronounced differently) and for being able to string simple sentences together and make yourself understood.

Where they're not much help, in my experience, is in understanding what French people say back to you, as inevitably they'll be talking fast and there'll be at least one word in there that you haven't come across.

So, assuming you have heard a bit of Michel and get on with his voice, you can buy with confidence - but it won't get you confident in French on your own (and any learning method short of total immersion is going to take more than the 'hours' claimed to reach a level of proficiency). You will also need some other input, ideally lots of conversation with native French speakers, to help you to understand what people say to you.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Really works!!!! 24 May 2011
By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE
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I speak French moderately well and as my husband and I are considering spending some time in France in the future, I wanted to introduce my husband (who had no French language skills) to the use of basic French to improve his experience in-country. This proved an excellent beginners course, after just a few days, my husband took to it like the proverbial "canard a l'eau!". With 60% of English words having a French stem, the course starts very sensibly with words that have an English stem and the logical progression or similarity of those into French (i.e possible =possible (pron differently), comfortable = confortable etc.) Placing these into extended sentences makes the transition into social conversation remarkably easy. Using a simple combination "L'impression de la situation politique et economique en France a present,....(minus the accents), sentence construction becomes familiar. Verbs are introduced and the process evolves into a really good course. My other half is gradually building up his new found vocabulary and realy enjoying how much he was able to understand from the beginning! I can honestly recommend this course to anyone wanting to be able to converse easily. The introduction and explanation of pronouciation is also very good. This is a course I would recommend to anyone wanting to acquire the basics in French.Total French with the Michel Thomas Method (Michel Thomas Series)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective way to get to grips with the language 16 Jun 2011
By A John TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Michel Thomas course comprises 7 Audio CD's of lessons with Michel Thomas, and a further 2 audio discs to go over other easy transformation vocabulary from English to French, then a review disc. There is no homework, no learning. The course just requires you to listen, and pause the play to respond to the activities. There are two students with Michel Thomas, and it is gratifying to hear them making mistakes! On the two vocabulary discs, there are French speakers to listen to.

It's very listenable. C'est tres listenable. It's easy to listen to - you don't feel as if you are rushing through, trying to learn. In fact, Michel Thomas insists that you don't try to learn, you simply absorb what you hear and repeat. This is the ideal method for those who learn best through listening.

The down side is that this doesn't really cover the written language, but concentrates on the spoken. But it is the spoken language which most people find the hardest, and this is ideal to boost confidence and have people trying to use the language. I'd recommend this for people going to France, as a great way to tune their ear and boost confidence.

I have learnt French before, so this was a revision for me, although a very useful one. By disc 4 I felt confident enough to start reading through French Magazines and newspapers online. I also tried this with my 11 year old, who is learning French in High School. Pronunciation had been a problem area for him, but this has considerably improved, and he quickly picked up how to put a sentence together in sections, and how to use Voulez vous, or Je voudrais with confidence. He has now finished the first two discs, and I think this has definitely improved his understanding of the language.

Would I recommend this? Yes. It was easy to do, and quite fun. I'd rate this as the best French learning package for home learning that I've come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I listen in my car- lovely and clear.
Published 2 days ago by chloe edmonds
2.0 out of 5 stars Starter Pack!
This was very basic and I should have purchased the Intermediate.
You do end up being able to make some sense of the language and construct some sentences, but it was not... Read more
Published 6 days ago by christopher mclean may
1.0 out of 5 stars truly a waste of audio time
This set of audio books would be much easier to absorb if narrated by someone other than Michel Thomas. Read more
Published 28 days ago by elli downer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to use and a bonus that there is no ...
Very easy to use and a bonus that there is no 'homework'; great way to make use of those driving hours. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martina
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the first review I have ever written for a product on Amazon and I have chosen to do so simply because of this product. Read more
Published 2 months ago by riaz zaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent!
So simple yet so brilliant ! Can't recommend enough ! Like being in a laid back class with a couple of others!
Published 4 months ago by grangelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful legacy of Michel Thomas
The item is parfait!!Michel Thomas is an eye opener for those people who wants to learn languages..I have it and I will continue to unlock all languages of the world... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robinson Aguro
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed genius
It is such a good idea. You listen into, and can join in with, many hours of language lessons between Michel and two students. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. CUTLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Total french
One of the best ways to learn a language, if only they had taught it like this in school. Very pleased
Published 5 months ago by Anna Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb french audio learning boxed set! Ces't formidable...
This french learning audio set is just fantsatic!
I listen to it every time I get in the car and blow me, if it isn't sinking in! Brilliant! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anthony De Wynter
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