German With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 May 2000
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"Ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently." (Sunday Business)
"Five minutes into the first CD, you already feel like you're winning." (Time Out)
"Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed." (The Guardian)
"Thomas makes it simple" (Sunday Times)
"Hugely inspiring" (Red)
"Michel's methods will teach you effectively and easily" (Daily Star)
About the Author
Michel Thomas has had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he has taught languages to the rich and famous and has become the world's most sought-after language teacher.
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I listened to this CD in the car, travelling to and from work. This was after moving to Germany, not being able to speak a single word. Within weeks I was able to start asking for things and holding very basic conversations in German. More surprisingly, I was also able to read a lot of German (surprising because there are no reading or writing exercises in the course). Better still, once you have started you will find it easier to pick up new words and sometimes to work out what words mean (Michel teaches you that many English words come from German origins).
I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wishes to speak German, for whatever reason. This is even if you have never spoken the language before.
The best part has to be the fact that there is so little theory involved - if you are like me and prefer to just get stuck in, then this is perfect for your needs. Also, the fact that Michel does not start with the usual phrases such as 'What is your name?' and 'How old are you?' is a big bonus. He starts straight away with questions that you will actually need in every day situations...
Seriously, buy it - you won't be disappointed!
HOWEVER, one of the big problems with German, at least for an English-speaker, are the word order rules that result in sentences that literally translate as "Can you to me tell how I to the station go?" English may be a Germanic language but word order in it has been heavily modified by French - blame the Norman Conquest for that - and the big plus of this course for me is the concentrated drilling in forming sentences. The most oft-heard phrase on the CDs is "How would you say...?Read more ›
The reason I've been slow to learn is that I don't find the time to use all these learning aids - I buy them and put them in the cupboard to gather dust. There are two things about the Michel Thomas CD course that make it work for me: First, I can put the CD on in my car whilst I'm driving around and all I have to do is listen. Secondly everything is repeated ten thousand times and if there's one thing I seem to need to learn language it's repetition. By the time I'd driven to work and back half a dozen times I knew a CD backwards and could move onto the next one.
Michel Thomas rambles on a bit (especially at the beginning of the first CD) and frequently gets annoyed at his inept students but if you can cope with this it will teach you a little bit of German very thoroughly.
True it's expensive but so were all the books I bought and didn't read - at least I got something out of this course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The booklet is missing, however the cd's are in perfect condition. I am pleased with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by naomi o connor
This is one of the best buys ... I listen in the car and it has brought on my German abilities no end! (Especially correct pronunciation).... Read morePublished 4 months ago by coco_x
It is a great way to learn a new language. It is slow and demands a lot of concentration as students are used to deliver the tuition. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christiane Bradley
Thomas's German course is excellent! He concentrates on pronounciation, basic grammar and word order... and the rest is just a matter of adding vocabulary. First class.Published 13 months ago by Colette Barnham
Purchased for a friend. They were really pleased with the CD's found them very helpful.Published 17 months ago by Taylor Walton
It is excellent. I have used Michel Thomas' Spanish and French learning courses with excellent results. He makes language learning easy.Published 20 months ago by Mr D Johnson
I have searched for a while for a way to improve my German without the tedious exercises and boring lessons. This was course was recommended to me by a friend. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jake duncan
Seems to start slowly but before you realise it you can construct German sentences. I have tried a basic German course with a major UK language provider and the Michel Thomas was... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nigel Thompson