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OK for Emma Thompson 1:1 with MT but on CD with El Dimmo?...,
This review is from: Spanish with Michel Thomas--Complete Course 8 CD Set (Audio CD)La Thompson was up in front of the Spanish media for a press conference on some movie she'd been in with Antonio Banderas. Banderas and the Spanish media assumed he'd have to be Thompson's interpreter. But no: our Emma spoke for herself. When a journo asked how she'd got so good at Spanish all of a sudden she said, "Oh, I learned it over a weekend". She's a bright woman and Michel Thomas was her tutor. That's how she gets to endorse this course. So we know Thomas can cut it with a ready pupil, live and one-to-one.
These cds feature two "live" pupils. You are the third. One, a woman, is quick, receptive and most probably has some command of Italian or French. She needs enough correction from time to time to be interesting and illustrate a point. The tutoring proceeds at a sensible and satisfying rate when she is involved.
BUT - and despite the numerous times this has been mentioned before, it HAS to be repeated - the other pupil is a fellow of scream-inducing dimness. Well into cd3 he still can't get his mouth round the word "puedo". Listening to this guy struggling to say "muy" will have you clawing the walls. The tutorial frequently grinds to a halt for minutes on end whilst MT persists in his efforts to get this man to say "lo" rather than "low". At one point he even says "KIORA" rather than "A que hora?". It completely disrupts the flow and impedes the progress of the course.
I have just listened to cds 1-4 straight through - 5 hrs-worth, with repetitions where I was distracted enough [driving] to need to recap. The problem looms large that, however much one might progress oneself - and you definitely will - this chump is embalmed in digital dumbness. So repeated listening and speaking, as necessary with these cds as with a real live person, will have the effect of compounding your sense of frustration at the way the male student progresses at the rate of oozing concrete.
As for MT's method being revolutionary, unique, groundbreaking and so-forth: not so. I found his diversionary side-swipe at the standard definition of nouns, adjectives and verbs, in favour of his own [reasonable as it is], totally irrelevant and a waste of time. It adds precisely nothing to the course whilst grinding one of MT's ancient educational axes. [I have also read his biography]. I would expect any good language teacher in a conversation-based course to follow just the same format. I'd prefer them to be a native Spanish speaker, too. MT has the grammar off OK - after all it's very basic stuff, but hearing Spanish spoken as a mother tongue is ALBSOLUTELY irreplaceable. The principle of the course is sound: words build to phrases, phases to sentences, principles are introduced and developed through speaking, exactly as you learned your mother tongue.
I find it hard to recommend. If you went for a bottle of wine and a pizza twice a week with a Spaniard and swapped an hour's conversation in each other's language, you'd be far better off. Get "Talk To Me" [Auralog], which is lots of fun and brilliant for improving one's pronunciation and enunciation. Then try to get a listen to some of MT's course before you spend money on it.