4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great as a starting point,
This review is from: Total Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method (Michel Thomas Method Series) (Audio CD)
After studying German and French at school for 5 years and using very little of it I decided I was going to set out with the aim of eventually becoming as close to fluent in Spanish as possible! There are allot of products/resources available (both free and not). I would say I know allot of words in Spanish but not how to string together sentences to that end this course proved very useful.
Negative points for me were, adjusting to MT's accent and the fact especially in the early CD's it sounds like he's sucking on a sweet or lozenge of some kind?! The guy with the British accent really got on my nerves at times, call me cynical but I reckon he was probably a competent Spanish speaker and allot of this was staged? MT also stressing the pronunciation, telling the student their pronunciation was wrong and getting them to repeat it over and over again only for them to not really change the pronunciation got tiresome. This seemed to come in blocks where at times it seemed 50% of the content was taken up by the village idiot or the constant repetition of one word.
I also have Paul Nobles CD's which in comparison use a similar technique but with a Latin American speaker and a Spanish speaker so you get a feel for the difference with non-of the monotony that comes with these CD's. For anyone thinking of getting the Paul Noble guide that is also not without its draw backs, he speaks very slooooooooooooooowly at times and is a little less effective than MT in my opinion. Having both is great but they do contradict each other also. If these were to be revised (although PN's CD's are basically this without accrediting MT's technique) I'd do away with the two students and use native speakers far too much time is taken by them fudging thing sup and being corrected.
In summary the late MT was a very interesting and talented linguist. Allot of his material has stuck with me but the annoyances mentioned above means that re-listening as a recap is pretty painful. It's a good starting point and ahs motivated me to join a class as there is no substitute to speaking with native speakers IMO.