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Total German (Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [CD-ROM]

Michel Thomas
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Book Description

29 April 2011 144413308X 978-1444133080 Unabridged

Learn German - 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 German perfectly

- Incredible progress. Learn German effortlessly

- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying

The Method:

Stress-free audio learning

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

Why it Works:

Learn the German language the way you learned your own

You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn German 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 German 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]
  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (29 April 2011)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 144413308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133080
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Book Description

Guaranteed success, incredible progress and absolute confidence in German.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michel Thomas Total German 22 Jun 2011
Format:CD-ROM
As an avid Michel Thomas fan, I was very pleased to obtain a copy of the new look Total German course that replaces the older German Foundation Course. Basically, it's the original 8-hour Foundation Course plus the first two hours of the German Vocabulary Course, also from the older range. The second half of the Vocab Course I presume is part of the new "Perfect" set, which replaces the old "Advanced" Course.

When I learned about the rebranding of the series, I have to admit I was rather sceptical, especially concerning the addition of the new CD-Rom visual content. I think the method works so well because it is all audio but at the same time I was willing to give the new interactive content a fighting chance, especially as I sometimes cheat when using the Method by writing my own notes as I go along (something the Method forbids but it helps me remember better). So what can I say about the new content? Well, for a start, I notice a couple of other reviewers have complained about how difficult it was to load the content onto their computers. I don't know if they have PCs or Macs but I have a MacBook and I also experienced some problems getting the software to work but when the MacBook did finally agree to run it, I found it enjoyable and actually helped reinforce what I had learnt during Michel's 8-hour course. Thus I found the CD-Rom content to be incredibly useful - especially for German, which is the hardest language I've ever tried to learn and the one I've had to concentrate on the most.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was so looking forward to this, but... 26 May 2011
By M. Lea
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Normally Michel Thomas' material is of a very high standard indeed, and honestly, the audio part of this set is up to his usual stellar standards. I'm using it to help my son get through his GCSE's, and he's loving it.

But the interactive CD rom is an absolute nightmare. I tried installing it, using all the advice given to me on the website, and all that happened was that my computer crashed... And I do mean crashed, I couldn't even turn the screen on.

I thought perhaps it was my particular computer, so I tried loading it onto other computers, with similar problems. I've managed to get them up and running again, but this took HOURS of my time, and a lot stress.

The CD rom is disappointing in the extreme, and while I'm sure it's a valuable resource if you can get it to run, as it stands it's a little bomb waiting to go off in your computer.

I REALLY hope that there is some better version of the software coming out soon. I was really disappointed, because I expect only the best from the Michel Thomas franchise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language teaching at its most effective 11 Feb 2012
By Mag
Format:CD-ROM
Michel Thomas's method is quite amazingly effective, the nearest thing to the way a child learns its own language: listen, copy, repeat, get feedback, extend from what has been assimilated, don't write anything down, don't consciously try to remember, just listen, copy, repeat etc... all delivered in that gentle calm encouraging voice, and responded to by his two students so that you feel you're not a lone learner. Brilliant.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "So, so..." 19 Mar 2013
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Having purchased "Total Arabic with the Michel Thomas Method" and made tremendous gains with furthering my knowledge in both speaking and understanding the language, I was hoping that "Total German" would produce the same results.

Whilst on the one hand there is no doubt that you can learn to speak the German language using this course, I must admit that I find Michel Thomas himself very grating and his students in this edition lacking the enthusiasm of those in that of "Total Arabic". Had I of known that the course is delivered by Thomas himself as opposed to a different tutor as is the case with "Total Arabic", I certainly wouldn't have purchased this item, for, as stated, I just find Thomas himself more of a hindrance in my learning than a benefit!

Having said that however, different things work for different people and you may well form a very different opinion in regards to the aforementioned issue I find with the product.

To conclude, I would say the following: The Michel Thomas Method to learn a new language in my opinion is superb; teaches you to speak and understand vocabulary as you do as a child. Ironically however, where it fails is when the course itself is delivered by its creator!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars German lessons 3 Oct 2011
Format:CD-ROM
Excellent material to supplement formal German tuition. It is well presented and suitable for most students of the German language. I use it in the car where it plays in the background, just like the radio. It does not demand highly focused attention ; you do not need to make notes. Listenting to this programme three or four times through has significantly improved my capacity to join in a German conversation and boosted my confidence to apply the learning from my formal tuition programme. On its own however, it would not be enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but was a facelift necessary? 6 Jun 2011
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I'm a huge fan of the Michel Thomas method, I have worked through a fair few of his courses and I'm convinced with the method. I'd give the method alone five stars; it is the best way to learn, without a doubt. However, the new change in presentation and content puzzles me somewhat. I have always been good at learning just by listening, but I do understand the importance for some, more visual learners to get some computer based exercises. It wasn't that the visual content was bad, it was in fact relatively good, but there was a great deal of hassle loading the software, by the end of it, it had taken about an hour and a half of turning my computer off and on again whilst it failed to load! DO NOT be put off by this though, it is a minor glitch, but the content is good at the end of it! My main issue with this course is that, other than the computer software it isn't much different at all, basically the content has been shuffled around and they put a bigger price tag on it.

In conclusion, the content is great, as usual, but the computer software installation process did irritate me somewhat. The visual exercises are good, they do give in another dimension, it does cater for another learning style, and although I was satisfied with just listening, I can see the value of the new material.

For people who are new to the Michel Thomas method, it's wonderful, I'm sure you've read many success stories and read the reviews online, so I don't need to reiterate that. In my opinion it is the best learning experience and really does work, but it does require some effort on your part, you can't just listen and leave it at that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want to use on an MP3 player, don't bother..
Can't comment on the contents yet because I've spent hours trying to RIP the CDs onto a PC - unfortunately the 7 CDs are inconsistently digitally labelled - so there are 2... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Graeme Egan
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal choice in learning
I find the approach helps me to think when learning. It has encouraged me to come back to learning german having given up a few times before.
Published 1 month ago by Siobhan O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya
Bought for my son who is keen to learn German. I asked if it was OK and he replied 'Ya das ist gut'.
Works for me.
Published 2 months ago by Harry Hornet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great language learning, this set INCLUDES "Start German" CD tracks.
Michel Thomas is a master. As a psychologist myself I totally appreciate his approach and how his technique helps you transfer what you are learning from 'remembering' to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HeyTony
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning German
So far I am carefully starting to learn German, and am enjoying the process! Not sure what I will achieve in the real world though!
Published 7 months ago by Trish Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good method
Find it quite useful as I'm combining it with private tuition.
Now have the total series which will come into effect when I'm minus techer.
Published 8 months ago by dianne
2.0 out of 5 stars It felt like "water-boarding" !
Given the popularity of the Michel Thomas Method, I'll probably make very few friends with this review. Nonetheless, here goes! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jamais sans mon minou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Easy to understand and makes learning German fun. I listen to it in the car and it is amazing how quickly you can understand.
Published 13 months ago by maureen webb
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
I love learning using these CDs... very useful for a beginner. I use it in my car daily andam picking up the language fast... it might be just me though!! lol
Published 13 months ago by Pac man
4.0 out of 5 stars Natural approach to build useful sentences
Timothy Ferriss, in one of his lectures, recommended the Michel Thomas Method and I didn't know what to expect. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ruanoj
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