Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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I listen to it every time I get in the car and blow me, if it isn't sinking in! Brilliant! I was pretty good at O level french and could remember loads of words, but struggled with sentences and structure!
Michel just makes it all so much easier, I even wake up still putting sentences together after dreaming them in French! Every time I hear a word in English that I now know in french, I hear myself repeating in my head in a french accent!
I've just ordered the master class advanced set though I've still loads to learn yet! This is how pleased I am with it.
I have also discovered that the best thing to do (for me at least) is to listen to each CD over and over again in succession! As it's easy to miss important snippets of info and then this way it really sinks in!
I've wanted to learn French for years and nearly gave up after repeated attempts with other audio sets and occasional evening classes.
There no substitute for living in a country to learn it's language, but this CD set goes some way close.
I also like the way michael is quite gruff yet charming and he tells you to say things in a certain way as that's how the French do it. It makes one more understood! And when you realise that french words are so numerous in English, but just pronounced differently; it makes learning seem so much more manageable somehow. It's also very interesting to learn that french is constructed or based around old English, this one fact has had such an impact on me that I feel I will be able to master it after all.
Michels also had the most interesting life bless him! Including surviving concentration camps etc.
Honestly if you're serious about wanting to learn french you can't go wrong with this box set! And at around 40 quid it's a bargain. Ces't formidable!!!
Michel explains the different chunks of the sentences so they can be interchanged once you have learnt some basic words to say several different phrases. He still spells out some words so you are able to visualise them as you form the sentences.
Personally I like the interaction between him and the two students as its provides some light relief from listening to dry vocabulary and helps you remember some words due to associating them with parts of the conversation. The fact he has to explain and repeat things they are struggling with (especially the girl who is a bit useless) helps it stick in your own mind.