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Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method) (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)
Michel Thomas's approach to language learning aims to provide in a few hours a functional working knowledge of a language without books, note-taking or conscious memorizing. This CD pack provides an eight-hour course in Spanish plus a 2-hour review course.See all Product description
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Yes, Michel is more effective in his native German and in French, but still this is exceptional for the time and money invested. Obviously you will not be an effective Spanish speaker but importantly after just 10 HOURS you will have a good understanding of the language fundamentals to take into a more comprehensive training programme.
Bad points - The description of this course as a 'complete course' can be misleading. The course itself makes no such claim. Michel Thomas himself refers to the course as 'an introductory course to the language'. Don't expect to cover everything in 8 hours, e.g., the subjunctive, compound tenses (apart from the perfect tense), active and passive voice, and comparatives are not covered. However, this 8 hour course does pack in a great deal and hopefully a further course covering the above will be available in the future.
Good points - Michel Thomas focuses on the importance of structure, phonetics and stress in communicating in the Spanish language.
Learning by this method is relaxing and enjoyable. It's true - no notes, memorising or homework are necessary. His method pursues learning through understanding and Michael Thomas is excellent at conveying understanding. Patient yet persistent, he conveys his knowledge, stimulating memory through a series of word chains that structure the language, and memory hooks, which make retrieval easy for those of us with even the most fog bound of memories.
I have learned a great deal more in 8 hours, than in almost a year's study in various language schools. This course is able to convey learning without pain. If you have ever been intimidated by the large number of seemingly irregular Spanish verbs try this course. Michel explains the reasons for the irregular verbs; be it their roots or simple phonetics, once you understand they no longer seem so irregular.
If you are about to embark on a Spanish course this is a very good foundation to build on. It will prevent you from picking up bad habits!
If you are at an intermediate level this course will provide good revision, deeper understanding and make you aware of the bad habits you have picked up!
This course was enjoyable, I covered the 8 hour course within 4 days. I have studied French for years but have ordered the 8 hour French course too (it's sold out at the the moment - a good sign).
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