Michel Thomas Advanced German (CD) Audio CD – Audiobook, 24 Sep 2004
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I would recommend tackling the 8-CD foundation course, then this course, and *then* the 2-CD vocabulary course.
The vocab course is the only one without Michel teaching students, and goes at a much faster pace. You'll need the Advanced course before diving into it.
Also, have a look at the Rocket German courses. One issue I have with Michel Thomas is the lack of "real" vocab. It goes into lots of details about using the main verbs and sentence structure, but at the end of it, you have very little "meat" to hold it all together.
"The sky is blue."
Nope, can't say that.
"The dog is sitting."
Absolutely no idea.
"I don't know if I want to do it, but I will do it tomorrow."
Yup, no problems there.
Michel concentrates a lot on "it" sentences, focusing more on verb useage rather than vocab. But he does it so incredibly well, and makes the knowledge sink in, that this is still one of the best courses to go through.
Oh, and he never mentions (although does USE) anything about accusative, nominative or dative forms.
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Thomas socratic method of engaging the students and those listening is enjoyable, particularly when you begin to get the rhythm of the language and the answers begin to become natural. Though German is closely related to English, my own difficulty has always been the word order and sentence structure, and on this one aspect, Thomas was able to at least point me in the right direction.
Verbs and verb tenses are the most important structure of a language, and the true value of the course is giving you a sense of familiarity with the topic, that one can use to look up specific topics in a grammar book or related resource.
Before I took this course, I was struggling to make a proper sentence in German and I rarely succeeded. After a while, my confidence was so low, that I even stopped trying. I understood German pretty much, but I could not express myself. It was all too complicated and I often ended up stuck and confused (anyone who's studied German and got to know the complexities of the language - especially sentence constuction - knows what I am talking about).
Well, Michel Thomas made the whole experience of adopting and SPEAKING OUT complicated phrases and sentences in German quite easy for me. I mean, this course is like having a private tutor, only so affordable. The man understands what you are thinking at the moment, what you might be asking yourself, and clarifies it for you before you know it.
I feel so sad that he died, and that there actually won't be any sequels to this course. Like I said, I could go on forever listening to him...Thank you Mr.Thomas for your brilliance.
books before discovering Michele Thomas's courses. I could never put together my own sentences until after I studied under the Thomas method. After listening to his basic course I was conversational in German.
After the next two courses, including the advanced, I was able to carry on conversations with Germans without hesitation.
If you're serious aboutlearning German, I highly recommend the
Michele Thomas courses.