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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 June 2011
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I did an "O" grade in French around thirty years ago but beyond the ability to recognise some words I usually end up playing the stupid foreigner whenever I'm in France....relying on the natives to translate for me. Anyway I thought I'd give this a go and see if it might improve my chances of successfully ordering a pain au chocolat next time I find myself in the boulangerie. While it was remarkably effortless I've come to the end now and don't find myself feverishly reaching for the passport to put my new skills to the test. Certainly I know a lot more than I did at the start but I couldn't help but feel that the course was cherry-picking the easy stuff (it kicks off on all those words that are virtually identical to the English). Still....as long as you don't go into it expecting to be exchanging bon mots like a born and bred Breton it's a pretty reasonable return on the investment of 12 hours of your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
Michele Thomas is an excellent teacher who can lead anyone who wants to learn French into being able to speak fluently and confidently, how fast you learn is up to you.
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on 19 May 2014
It is such a good idea. You listen into, and can join in with, many hours of language lessons between Michel and two students. He talks through his method of acquiring French by assimilation; similarities with English, amusing aids to remembering and so on as he helps you to build vocabularly and grammar for conversational French without needing to know the names of parts of speech and all that gruesome stuff. The problem is, for those of us who need to hear it several times, the male student is very good but the female student is poor and tries to compensate for her many mistakes by overdoing her part with too much emphasis and 'Allo 'Allo accents. I wanted to hear it correctly more than I needed to hear it being corrected. Another thing that bothered me a little bit is that Michel isn't French and there were times when I - without any evidence whatsoever! - questioned his accent. He is multi-lingual and astonishly good at what he does ut he's not French. It is very good but I think should be done again with different students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
I think Michel's teaching style is very effective and I would recommend this product because of this. It's a shame though, that the woman student on the CD has what appears to be, a quite severe learning disability. She is incredibly distracting, making it hard work to focus on what one is supposed to be saying, and I found this to get a bit annoying after a while. Without her in it, I would give it four or five stars, but with her in it, it gets two stars at best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2012
... improve your French and actually gets you started talking.
I don't understand why so many reviewers had such high expectations when they bought this product??!! French, as any other language, cannot be taught in 20 lessons to perfection. And it also cannot be learned using only one method (again, not to perfection). One has to carefully chose the right method for the right purpose. This particular method introduces (or reintroduces) you to the language in a natural way. What do I mean by this? Say you are in France (Belgium, Switzerland, Canada...) on holiday, or you actually moved there recently. What would be the first words you would understand? Of course, those that are very close to the English. And that would encourage you to listen to whomever is communicating something to you (shop keeper, person on TV, neighbour) more carefully. And maybe even to try answering. The second point is that in real life you don't only get to go to the shop and ask for bread. You get to hear many and very diverse pieces of information. Whatever is of interest to you, or what you actually pick up, is a different story. Plus, when learning more difficult structures and more diverse contexts, the part of your brain that is responsible for languages gets ACTIVATED. You are forced to be active, and not just learn words passively.
Therefore, 4 stars. -1 star because NO method is perfect, as I said in the beginning!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
One of the best ways to learn a language, if only they had taught it like this in school. Very pleased
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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For a long time I have felt very disillusioned by traditional language teaching methods. At school I remembered learning lists of irregular verbs totally out of context. I always found it so difficult and as a teacher I was sure there must be a better and more accessible way as nearly all kids/people learn to speak their native tongue fluently. The Michel Thomas Method is the way! Quite simply, it is nothing short of brilliant! You learn French in the same way you learned to speak English by building on the vocubulary and parts of speech to construct more and more complex sentences. The results I have had with this course are exceptional; I have a better grasp of sentence structure, grammar, vocab and pronounciation in a few weeks than in years of traditional book learning. A friend who is a French teacher is very impressed but she wonders if I will retain the information as successfully as the rote learning method. Only time will tell but, in my case, I didn't retain much before anyway! Obviously practising is the key to this.This course still requires hard work and thinking but I really can't recommend this course highly enough. It is far far more effective than any other method I have tried. You will be amazed at the results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
We think this collection is great - so subliminal you hardly notice you are learning!! We play it in the car and it really explains why words sound the way they do and the relationship to English... This will help conversation French learning - not school or written French.
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on 11 March 2015
I have not received my order as yet but already have CD1 and have been using this on my MP3 while walking our dog. I think it is certainly the best language course I have ever listened too. I have been repeating it over and over which seems to be working well. I can't wait for the order to arrive so as I can move forward. I tried another course while I was using the Michel Thomas but it was way too fast and not in the same format at all....most courses cover personal introductions etc first but how often are these needed?
A superb course which just needs a few listens of the first chapters including the all important build up as this is just as important as the actual French.
Highly recommended.
I think some of the reviews on here have rather missed the point! The introduction by Michel is important as it reflects practises used in Hypnotherapy in to not 'worrying about' or 'trying' to learn as it only then that we can truly digest something...so do not bypass the build up by Michel and listen to it a few times...it is just as important as the actual learning...and in relation to a comment on here about 'listening to the poor lady student getting it wrong' it is all part of the process as we as students will get things wrong and it points out the common errors we make and is again teaching us without us really being aware. It is different to most courses (some say it is no different) as other courses do not use the 'relaxing about learning' ethic and most don't simply tell you that there are about 1200 nouns the same as English but pronounced differently...that's a flying start in to French...he just teaches you the exceptions to the rule of which there are very few!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2014
brilliant, really pleased, Michel Thomas makes learning French much easier although I am still slow at learning and have to keep going back over what I have already done, but that is me and not the learning method!
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