- File Size: 739763 KB
- Print Length: 435 pages
- Publisher: Michel Thomas (22 Mar. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076ZSX9WC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer reviews: 15 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Insider's German Intermediate Conversation Course (Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method): Enhanced Ebook Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
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I tackled it as someone who never learned a word of German from a textbook, but learned it from watching TV programmes, speaking to my German friends and interacting with members of the local communities I lived amongst during my time in Germany.
I lived in Westfalen and Niedersachsen, where the German was clear and easily understood, but I also lived in Nordrhein, where the speech patterns tended to be quite slurred with some Dutch influence, maybe. The German used here is very standard, like that I used in Westfalen's Sauerland.
For those who want to refresh skills learned amongst natives, this course is ideal as it teaches and refreshes colloquial language and idiom.
For those who never gained idiomatic skills and have only learned their German in textbooks and language labs this book is also ideal as it has the content to change competence in grammar into true fluency.
The natural conversations that take place within the book and on the accompanying mp3 brought so much back to me, words I had quite forgotten I knew popped back in to memory right from the first conversation - 'strahlend' from weather forecasts on the TV for example, meaning glorious and bright. The voices are very clear but the dialogue still sounds reasonably natural too with appropriate inflexions.
The 'tutor' on the audio CDs gives you questions beforehand that make you listen to the content to check your own understanding, which is very helpful. This is a very natural way to learn, having the text to read through and the translations on the CD content really reinforces the learning for those who learn from reading as well as speaking and listening.
Installation of the files from the two CDs in the pack is relatively straightforward if you have a Windows CD. It all takes about 20 minutes on a basic PC or laptop - mine runs Windows 10. Just follow the on screen prompts and you should have no issues.
Summary: Not for beginners but a great way of bringing good GCSE German up to the level of a reasonably competent natural speaker.
I found this really quite good, it does take a few rounds to get the best of it and this level does assume a reasonable amount of prior understanding, of which I don't have quite enough of, so I'll be trying one of the lower end ones next. Then coming back to this one to pick up the bits I missed.
There are 10 half-hour lessons, provided as MP3 audio on a data CD (I had to burn them to audio CD in order to listen easily in my car). Each lesson focuses on a different topic and works through two conversations, provides (rather quickly) some key vocabulary, and does a little teaching in the style of earlier Michel Thomas courses. Some of the topics are, well, topical - giving the necessary vocabulary to discuss items of current interest.
An installable CD-ROM provides digital text of the whole course as well as some text-based interactive activities, and is a useful addition (though I'd have preferred a more smartphone friendly format, it worked fine on Windows 10).
I haven't found the overall usefulness of this as high as with the other Michel Thomas courses, but it is a useful addition to bridge the gap in confidence between introductory courses and 'real' conversations.
I'm not convinced that beyond hard work and practice there's any "method" that's superior to any other (excepting rubbish ones of course) but the Michael Thomas one has got reputation. I'm more impressed by the content, probably around A2 level "learnt a bit, now want to go on and be able to use it"