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on 20 April 2004
This course covers much more ground than the Michel Thomas course. After completing the MT 8-Hour and Language Builder, I found I was learning new material even in the introductory level of the "in your car" course. The package also includes intermediate and advanced levels, so if you complete the whole lot you will have learned probably ten times as much vocabulary as in the whole of MT.
How do they do it? Simply by cutting all the waffle. The CDs contain nothing but listening and speaking exercises. They soon get quite hard,and you will have to work through each one several times (unlike the MT course, which you would only want to use once). Complete transcripts and explanations of the grammar are in the accompanying booklets.
Unlike Michel Thomas's approach, you are not expected to use the pause button. The CDs have pauses for your responses, and these are deliberately quite short. You have to learn to respond quickly without stopping to think. Personally I approve of this, although I can understand those who say that this is mere "rote learning".
By the way, ignore the manufacturer's description of "leather CD wallet". It's plastic, obviously. Oh, and you may want to transcribe the CDs onto MP3 tracks for listening on the move, in which case you can convert to mono and avoid the irritation of "English in the left ear, Italian in the right".
Even at the new higher price, this is still good value, and will take your skills further than Michel Thomas at less cost. (MT is still a good introduction, though, and it's not a bad idea to use both courses: MT first, then this.)