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Total Italian (Learn Italian with the Michel Thomas Method) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Paperback]

Michel Thomas
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Book Description

27 May 2011 144413311X 978-1444133110 Unabridged

A new edition is now available, ISBN: 9781444790702

Learn Italian - 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 Italian perfectly

- Incredible progress. Learn Italian effortlessly

- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying

The Method:

Stress-free audio learning

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

Why it Works:

Learn the Italian language the way you learned your own

You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Italian 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 Italian 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]
  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144413311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133110
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"For the first time, trying to speak Italian was fun, not frustrating" (TES)

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

"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)

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Guaranteed success, incredible progress and absolute confidence in Italian.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Total 14 Nov 2011
By Bunny
This is a good course if you want to learn how to speak italian and actually have the confidence to try and speak it afterwards. However, the title is completely misleading as it's far from total. The familiar form is not covered at all, nor is 2nd and 3rd person plural (they and you plural). This is a huge part of the language completely omitted.

If you're not familiar with the method, it consists of two students being taught by the teacher in real time. They seem to have no knowledge of italian to start with so it does seem real. One problem with this, however, is that one of the students is quite slow both in speech and thought and after playing the CDs a few times it becomes very annoying. The student frequently doesn't understand, misunderstands or forgets things and when making a mistake halfway through a sentence goes back to the beginning and starts again, makes a different mistake and starts the sentence again. Both students have great difficulty with a couple of basic principles and repeatedly make the same mistakes over and over which really starts to grate. Michel Thomas has the patience of a saint but even he starts to get annoyed on the last 2 CDs. This is quite amusing the first time you hear it but ends up with him going into long rambling monologues that take up a lot of time in some places. A little bit of editing to remove some of the repetitive errors and long speeches would have made a big difference without ruining the real time effect.

The fact this is sold as a recorded medium that can be replayed is not utilised at all and a couple of principles are covered repeatedly when it would have been better to take advantage of our opportunity to replay things and cover a wider vocabulary instead or the forms that weren't covered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but pricier than Paul Noble 29 Jan 2013
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What other people have said is pretty much spot on, particularly the review by 'bunny'. I would like to clarify a few things.

The CDs cover fairly thoroughly 'basic' italian for a few verbs. Some might say a bit too thoroughly and repetitive. He covers dovere, mangiare, stare, essere, fare, potere, andare etc. Imho it's a what I would call longish 'basic' course. The method is teaching two people Italian. Now supposedly these people don't know anything about Italian, but I'm not completely convinced. I think that they have hired out an actor and actress with very clear speech and particular accents and been told a bit about pronouncing and basics (otherwise there would be way more mistakes). No matter it works, the desired effect is there (or perhaps they had a huge amount of editing and I'm wrong). The young woman has a very clear heading in the neutral direction American accent and the man received pronunciation (oh what coincidence). The reason I mention this is I think it is a minor shortcoming. These are not native speakers so although they have gone to great effort to get people with very clear diction, it's not necessarily how a native speaker would speak. The clear diction from the two students and Michel Thomas exaggerating his pronunciation (which may annoy people or sound absurd to others) does get you to pay attention and to think how you pronounce bits of words, but it is not like listening to Italian. It's more speaking.

I have Paul Noble Italian and I would say this contrasts. In that the pace is slow, there are natural breaks. The speaker is a native from the south. Paul Noble is better for listening to in the car or doing things.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 7 May 2012
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I like Michel Thomas' approach, it's one of the few ways to learn a language while driving or doing housework and not having to worry about books and writing. Also he is entertaining and having the other 2 students make it more interesting. However I would say that calling it "total italian" is a misnomer. It is a good start to learning the the language but by no means is it total. He really only covers the "I" form and "you" in the polite form, he touches on "we" but never on "you" familiar or "you" plural. There is a lot left out for a "total" italian course but if he renamed it "beginners" italian I would have no complaints. It's still good
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and Intermediates alike 20 Aug 2012
By flowerg
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Brought this to bring my Italian up to a usable level in time for my holiday. I wasn't a complete beginner but I believe this would be suitable for a person even if they've never spoken Italian in their life. The CDs are really good at helping you to create "links" between English and Italian words and Michel Thomas is genius at making the language seem really easy. Only downside is you do have to spend a lot of time listening through all the CDs but think this will always be true however you're learning a language and it is possible to get a working knowledge of the language just by listening to a few of the CDs.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 6 Jan 2012
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. I would encourage everyone to learn using the Michel Thomas method, especially as they have now added the visual aspect to the course, to benefit all types of learners. In summary; for the money, this is a terrific course, and I would highly recommend everyone to try it!

This is almost identical to the original version, other than a few visual things added, so nothing new for people who have already used a previous version!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoying it but didn't realise it includes the start Italian disc
Published 1 month ago by Val OReilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive method, flawed recordings
A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN LEARNING SENTENCE FORMATION

I find the Thomas method a great way to get going with a language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Caplan
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to learn Italian!
Well, the process is easy- all that is required is to listen to the CDs ( which download nicely on iTunes) but the pace is fast so you will need to go over it repeatedly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lindsay Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever! Tried 9 different methods, this one is best!
I recommended this to all my friends and this method was the best!
I just listen on the way to work, no talking, no writing, no reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kanrepatrizia
5.0 out of 5 stars Parliamo Italian
Parliamo Italian ye canny whack it! This scot is a fan. Michel Thomas is the best. This was a gift
Published 7 months ago by Janermm
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets inside your head
Just as promised, the Michel Thomas method feeds the language into your head so you remember it. Hoping to get a good way through the course before visiting relatives in Italy ...
Published 8 months ago by WSK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Course of CD's
his is a good product and I am working my way through it... its easy to understand but I am having problems finding the time to use it...
Published 9 months ago by E. Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Italian
I have had Michel Thomas's French language courses before. I found them very helpful and easy to follow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Italian
I'm a native speaker and this course is terrible. Italian language doesn't sound like this at all.
Maybe the method is good, but you have better buying a course recorded by a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yi Qing
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I thought
This system suits me very well. I listen to the CDs in the car and on my Ipod in the rain and if I have any spare " hanging around time".
I really like it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Robbie Fenlon
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