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5.0 out of 5 stars Something truly amazing even if you've heard it all before!, 10 Sept. 2000
This review is from: French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD (Audio CD)
I really wanted to learn French but I just can't abide swatting. When I first read the usual "fantastic new method" nonsense on the box of Michel Thomas's course I thought, yeah right, I've heard that before but, I suppose because I had a holiday in France looming and the box did say no swatting, I gave it a go.
From the very first CD, I was completely captivated. This was learning with logic. A way to work out what you wanted to say for yourself, without having to listen to endless repetitions of foreign phrases, which to my mind can only ever result in me becoming a walking phrase book with no real prospect of ever holding a conversation in a foreign language. I learned in the car and found the learning so stimulating that I would arrive at my destination and not want to get out of the car because it meant that I'd have to turn the CD off.
Since listening to Michel's CDs I have increased my vocabulary by listening to stories in French and now French radio. Whilst I would not say that I am yet completely fluent, I speak French to a standard that I would have previously thought only possible after years of practice, not a few months. When I got to France my family and friends were truly gob-smacked by how well I could both speak and understand French. I am now just desperate for him to bring out some more advanced CDs.
I can tell you quite honestly that this is the first time I have been moved to write anything in this way but these CDs are the most enjoyable way you could possible learn a language.
J'espere vraiment que vous alliez avoir la meme experience que j'avais.
Bon Chance!
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2015 16:13:18 GMT
LotusBud says:
Are you now fluent in French? :)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2015 16:48:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2015 16:55:16 GMT
Wow I'd forgotten about this review. The answer is yes! I actually run motorcycle tours to France now and act as the French speaking tour-guide :)

Tried his German disks and got on with them pretty well, but still only have a "tourist level" of proficiency. Also had a go at Italian and struggled with it as I just couldn't find the parallels in the language that I did with French. Still a great system though, I wish they'd taught it in schools.
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