Michel Thomas Advanced French: Booklet
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'a great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts' -- Daily Telegraph
the nearest thing to painless learning' -- Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The follow-on to the highly acclaimed Michel Thomas Foundation (8-hour) course --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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I'm not sure that the word 'advanced' is really justified, but the course is certainly very good at teaching the tenses of French verbs and their use. Nor do I agree with what the adverts say about it being 'painless' - it's certainly hard work, and I found that after 20 minutes I was ready for a break.
I'm fascinated by the way in which M. Thomas teaches the spoken language first, and the written language second; when I learnt French, it was the other way around.
Given the teaching method and the fact that there are students in the recording, who, of course, make mistakes, there's the question of how many times you'd want to listen to the CDs. On the other hand, if you listen to them a few times, doing what is recommended and answering all the questions, you get, in effect, at least 10-20 hours of one-on-one tuition - much more intense tuition than you'd ever get by enrolling for 10-20 hours of classes. This seems to me to make it remarkably good value.
So, I agree with the other reviewers, and strongly recommend this course. It's odd how what is, basically, a very old fashioned teaching method should work so brilliantly. There's a message here for our educators, possibly.......?
The two students are far better than on those on the first course, so things move along at the right pace. This is helpful when working through the course a second or third time.
Having gone through the course a few times, I now feel confident that I have a good understanding of the tenses. In fact the verb tables in the more traditional course books finally make sense!
Do bear in mind that the Michel Thomas courses do not cover a large vocabulary. So, for example, if you are looking to learn lots of nouns and adjectives the course will be of limted value.
However if you are looking to develop your understanding of structure and tenses, this course is a great way to do so.
It moves at quite a fast pace so you have to concentrate and will find it harder than the earlier courses. I found I had to work through some CD's twice and make some notes before I was able to tackle the next CD. There is a lot to learn.
I stongly recommend that unless you have a good previous grasp of French, you work through Michel Thomas' 8 CD complete French course, and his 2 CD French language builder course before attempting this course.
However this is definitely the quickest and easiest way to learn French grammar that I have come across and I strongly recommend it.
There is little vocabulary; but that's no bad thing. The words you might need are likely to be very different from the words I need.
However, on the structure of the language, this course is nothing short of perfect. It will teach you more about French grammar than you could imagine.
It's is a very exciting method, which I can see from other reviews, others find as addictive as I do.
He does have a trace of a German accent, which others noticed before me.
At the end of the course, you will no longer have to phrase everything in the present tense. After listening to the CDs a couple of time, you will be amazed at what you know.
I really do suggest you buy this CD (having bought the foundation course first!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a bit harder than his previous lessons. To be honest I struggle to get into it but I 'm sure someone with plenty of commitment will find it very rewardingPublished 8 months ago by Clive G
A great addition to the initial 8 CD set. Worth every penny.Published 17 months ago by anglaispierre