Michel Thomas Method: Spanish Vocabulary Course (Michel Thomas Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently. (Sunday Business)
"A great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts". (The Daily Telegraph)
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)
Michel's methods will teach you effectively and easily (Daily Star)
Hugely inspiring (Red)
"Excellent for learning ... This entirely audio course is easy to use and quickly results in some useful ability in the new language. Great for the car." (Adventure Travel)
"Moving along at a relaxed, slow pace, punctuated by amusing anecdotes and jokes from the teacher, the new words, phrases and language rules are gently introduced and reinforced through subtle repetition without ever being tedious. In fact, despite a distinct emphasis on non-work, the course proves very effective and enjoyable, and its format is ideal for learning anywhere you like. So, if you only want to learn to speak the language, this course is highly recommended." (Top Real Travel Product, Real Travel)
The long-awaited follow-on vocabulary course to the phenomenally successful Michel Thomas Method Foundation and Advanced Courses is here!See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Were Michel alive today however, I wonder what he would make of this latest batch of language products - I mean the Vocabulary Courses - which bear his name.
Take the Spanish for example. With regard to the content I find little with which to quibble - although the endless repetition (like a mantra) of Michel's name becomes increasingly annoying as the course progresses. Indeed the inclusion in the course of two native speakers (one Castillian, the other Latin American) is a welcome and wholly positive aspect.
The problem is Rose Lee Hayden who presents the whole thing. On the box she is quoted as being Michel's 'most trusted teacher'. If this 'trust' - as one assumes - is based on her apparent linguistic ability, then such a claim is extraordinary because frankly, in my opinion her Spanish pronunciation is absolutely appalling. The impression given is that she had half an hour's crash course on the language before recording began - she seems to keep forgetting and remembering the pronunciation rules of Spanish (which are not particulary difficult, incidentally) arbitrarily, as one would expect from a child after a couple of lessons.
I would imagine that Ms Hayden was in charge of this project herself because otherwise I cannot imagine how anyone in his right mind would let her loose on it!
In conclusion, my advice to anyone considering buying this product would be 'approach with caution'. Yes, it will improve the breadth of your Spanish but tackle the course in small bites - else the sound of Rose Lee Hayden drawling along interminably in broad New-Yorkese while pausing only to massacre the beautiful sounds of the target language, might send you over the edge!
I thought a real strength of the CD was the inclusion of a Latin American speaker (male) and Spanish speaker (female). Their inclusion and repetition of the words and sentences gives the course a real authenticity which is especially vital as the presenter has an at times, in my opinion, shaky command of spanish. For instance, her pronunciation of spanish vowels is awkward.
But the worst aspect of Hayden's presentation is that she comes across as this devoted follower of all things Michel Thomas - any opportunity to reference the man or the method is seized upon with relish. It doesn't take long before it becomes annoying and spread as it is over six chunky CDs you have to inure yourself somewhat.
However due to the all-round usefulness of the CD and the inclusion of the native speakers, I found it helpful but I would imagine for others it would be a turn-off. To give Hayden some credit the recordings are thoughtfully put together, well-structured and rich in learning, and she is excellent at getting you to construct adjectives from the verbs. You'll probably just have to swallow your pride a little bit in order to take full advantage of this worthy course.
The series also includes 'Review' and 'Language Builder' editions. The Review courses are edited versions of the relevant original course, while Language Builder expands on vocabulary and colloquial knowledge. The common factor in these deviations is they feature Michel Thomas alone, talking directly to you, the only student. One-on-one is generally deemed the most effective way of teaching and these courses are no exception: the lack of distraction is a welcome contrast to the Foundation and Advanced courses.
The format in this latest edition is different again: two native speakers replace the students - a great improvement on a good idea - while Rose Lee Hayden takes the role of the great man. One strives to be objective, but from a personal angle, this is where it all starts to come apart.
Even with the conversational possibilities inherent with two students live in a studio, Michel Thomas very rarely strayed from the business of teaching the language and certainly never descended into small talk, all the time keeping a coherent path and displaying impeccable manners, even when his patience was being tested. Rose Lee however, despite only having the microphone for company, takes every opportunity to inject a 'personality' into proceedings, which as the template demonstrates, is utterly unnecessary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good way to 'ampliar tu vocabulario' but take it in chunks. The presenter's pronunciation of the Spanish vowels is incorrect, cringe worthy, and a little embarrassing. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2015 by Jon L
Michel Thomas is brilliant although he doesn't appear on this course it's based on his teaching methods. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2014 by Mr. J. Evans
These CDs are really easy to follow as she explains Spanish so well. I learnt a lot from these and Michael Thomas CDs alsoPublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Keepfitsandy
Absolutely fabulous, as a languages teacher I would recommend it to anyone I used it to learn Spanish quickly but good for French, German......Published on 6 July 2013 by Mrs S A Hughes-Gabri
Having read a lot of the reviews of this course I was expecting the worst but I was pleasantly surprised. The addition of the two Spanish speakers was a good addition. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by jeanjeanie
I have never heard such a patronising voice used in language teaching, the content is great but the teacher seems to view the students as retards, it was so bad I couldn't finish... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2013 by barrybaker
great way of learning to speak Spanish. I recommend highly easy to grasp and can sit with headphones and listenPublished on 19 Dec. 2012 by TROY OLLERHEAD