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Michel Thomas Advanced German (CD) Audio CD – Audiobook, 24 Sep 2004

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034088701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340887011
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts' -- Daily Telegraph

‘the nearest thing to painless learning' -- Times


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As with the original 8-CD set, this new, 4-CD, 5-hour course is an astonishingly rapid and easy route to confidence in German. As before, there is no textbook or writing, just listening and repeating. Superficially, Michel seems more schoolmasterly and demanding than the teachers I remember from my schooldays but his method is so imaginative and fluid that I was able to easily and confidently construct sentences with several verbs in all sorts of tenses without ever having to realise what "imperfect subjunctive" and "future indicative" mean. German can be a challenging language to learn, but this course gives an instinctive, natural grasp of language without the formality of grammatical rules but with all the linguistic skill you will need. As with the original course, you will get a natural grasp of the structures of German, to a level beyond two years of evening classes. Of course, there is much more to learn in terms of vocabulary and verbs not covered in the course, but once you have the instinctive grasp of structure that Michel gives, it's easy to add new words onto the framework you have learnt. I have several German books and CDs, but the Michel Thomas courses are outstanding in giving speedy confidence whilst feeling natural and easy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his courses to anyone learning German.
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Michel continues on from the first course and it's pretty seamless -no sudden jump. He moves onto the subjunctive which is advanced stuff and towards the end he counts up the tenses he has covered and it is around 15. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that it doesn't do much grammar - you would never know that there was life beyond der (ie den,des,dem). I've been using Lisa Kahlen's German Grammar Made Easy for that. I'd love to know how this course compares with Linguaphone Advanced German and Hugo's Advanced German.
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The best German course out there.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent review of verbs and verb tenses 1 Oct. 2005
By Herminator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This five hour course is a continuation of the original Michel Thomas 8 hour introductory course, with this one focused on establishing a groundwork on verbs and verb tenses.

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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That awful German language is not awful anymore! 25 Mar. 2006
By Max - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Michel Thomas is simply brilliant. I feel I could go and study forever under his method and not get tired or bored.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover the Best Method for Learning a Foreign Language 24 Feb. 2006
By B. LENNARD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had bought hundreds of dollars worth of German CDs, tapes and

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.
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