Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"The nearest thing to painless learning" (The Times)
"A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" (Stephen Fry)
"The most extraordinary experience of my life" (Emma Thompson)
"Thomas makes it simple" (Sunday Times)
"Works like a dream" (Daily Telegraph)
"Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" (The Guardian)
"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" (Time Out)
"I've tried many courses including Rosetta Stone but I've finally found a language method that works. I'm doing the French course and I can now hold a decent conversation with my parents' neighbors in France!" (Aubrey Parsons, Michel Thomas Method customer)
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I found Paul's CD easier to follow. Paul speaks and explains the French language very clearly and he uses a native French speaker to make sure the pronounciation is correct. It is very systematic and straight-forward and by the end of the course I felt I had a decent understanding of basic French.
On the negative side, it did at times feel a little slow-paced and Paul sometimes repeats explanations which are unnecessary and become a little annoying near the end of the course. I also found that while I could remember the language the way that he taught it, I struggled when hearing the language elsewhere.
Michel Thomas is less systematic but feels more organic. His phraseology is more gritty and down-to-earth. For example, where Paul teaches 'it is not' as 'Ce n-est pas', Michel tells you to pronounce it as 'snay pas' because that is the way it is spoken in France most of the time. Probably the biggest advantage of Michel's course is that once you've finished the basic course, you can continue with more advanced French and then even more advanced French (on more of his CDs). Having said that, there is a free internet course called 'Duolingo' which is better than any of the CDs as it builds up a broader vocabulary and keeps going until you're fluent.
I found that the CDs taught me the basics well but Duolingo has been much more effective. Using both have the advantage of hearing the language spoken by different people and taught in slightly different ways.
I've found learning the French hugely beneficial, opening up an understanding of a part of the world that is limited without knowing the language. Really enjoying it.
I am strongly motivated to learn French; I moved to France a few months ago and don't want to feel like an idiot every time a French person talks to me. The Michel Thomas method is great for getting you to realise how many French words you already know (as thousands of words are the same as in English, just pronounced differently) and for being able to string simple sentences together and make yourself understood.
Where they're not much help, in my experience, is in understanding what French people say back to you, as inevitably they'll be talking fast and there'll be at least one word in there that you haven't come across.
So, assuming you have heard a bit of Michel and get on with his voice, you can buy with confidence - but it won't get you confident in French on your own (and any learning method short of total immersion is going to take more than the 'hours' claimed to reach a level of proficiency). You will also need some other input, ideally lots of conversation with native French speakers, to help you to understand what people say to you.
It's very listenable. C'est tres listenable. It's easy to listen to - you don't feel as if you are rushing through, trying to learn. In fact, Michel Thomas insists that you don't try to learn, you simply absorb what you hear and repeat. This is the ideal method for those who learn best through listening.
The down side is that this doesn't really cover the written language, but concentrates on the spoken. But it is the spoken language which most people find the hardest, and this is ideal to boost confidence and have people trying to use the language. I'd recommend this for people going to France, as a great way to tune their ear and boost confidence.
I have learnt French before, so this was a revision for me, although a very useful one. By disc 4 I felt confident enough to start reading through French Magazines and newspapers online. I also tried this with my 11 year old, who is learning French in High School. Pronunciation had been a problem area for him, but this has considerably improved, and he quickly picked up how to put a sentence together in sections, and how to use Voulez vous, or Je voudrais with confidence. He has now finished the first two discs, and I think this has definitely improved his understanding of the language.
Would I recommend this? Yes. It was easy to do, and quite fun. I'd rate this as the best French learning package for home learning that I've come across.
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So disappointed. I purchases the intermediate to advanced level to revise and perfect my accent. I'm listening to English speakers... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Prompt Delivery. Item as described. Good Communications. A+++++Published 6 months ago by Carl-Darren Marx
This has been an excellent learning experience, it has really made the French language so much more accessible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Warff
You have to make sure you buy the CDs which have Michel Thomas speaking. Some CDs come in the same box which do not have him speaking and they are not nearly as good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chicklee
if your looking to learn a language Michel Thomas knows his onionsPublished 13 months ago by Fat Tony
Took a bit of getting used to, and a while to tune in to Michel Thomas's voice, but it's proving a useful extra learning input.Published 16 months ago by Craybut