MostUsedWords.com

Frequency Dictionaries.

 Start: box artTotal: box artOur best selling coursePerfect: box artMasterclass: box art
 Learn 50 essential words and how to put them together with this amazing value, 1- hour introduction to the acclaimed Method.The classic Michel Thomas Method course, perfected over 25 years. Go from total beginner to speaking confidently in a matter of hours.Become a fluent speaker and understand in any situation with this follow-on course. Gain a natural grasp of the language and entire verb system.One for true language lovers, a unique series of one-to-one lectures on the Michel Thomas Method given by the master himself.
Available in:French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin ChineseFrench, Spanish, Italian, German
Replaces (from past ranges)Introductory CourseFoundation Course, Vocabulary Builder (first half) and Foundation ReviewAdvanced Course, Vocabuary Builder (second half) and Advanced ReviewLanguage Builder
Who's it for?Those who want a quick trial of the MethodPeople beginning to learn a language with the MethodPeople who have completed the Total coursePeople who have completed the Total and Perfect courses
What's in the course?
  • One hour of audio on CD - learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player
  • Up to 12 hours of audio on CD
  • Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac*
  • Over 2 hours of vocab help*
  • Up to 9 hours of audio on CD
  • Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac*
  • Over 3 hours of vocab help*
  • 2 hours of audio on CD - learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player
UK RRPbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now
US RRP$14.95$120 - $135$120 - $135$75

Michel Thomas Review

Course Overview

  • Audio-only program with a full transcription
  • Available for: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Russian

Michel Thomas. My personal favorite. A very interesting audio course on the foreign language learning market today.

"You learn a language effortlessly. It is amazing. Michel had me speaking French and I learned it in a way I've never forgotten, and it was painless. A tremendous experience." -Woody Allen

This program is the closest thing to learning a language, without actively studying it.

You will learn your chosen language through a series of audio CDs. You will become part of a virtual classroom with two other students and your teacher.

The teacher is either Michel Thomas or a native speaker, depending on the course.

Your fellow students speak through the program. along with the tutor, giving you a potentially fuller sense of genuine immersion. They make mistakes too, and you learn from theirs as well as yours.

 

What is included in the course?

The program consists of audio CDs – usually ten in a bundle – and a booklet with a full transcript. There are no textbooks or workbooks because you won´t be needing any.

Michel Thomas´ audio courses are designed in such a way, that you do not need to actively study. Just listening to the tapes is enough.

The audio CDs are of great quality, and for most packages, you’ll find that they come in a handy little black case.

The transcript booklet is a written report of the audio course, which makes it incredibly easy to follow exactly what everyone is saying, not just the tutor. It is a handy tool if you need to look something up that was discussed before. It can also help clarify certain grammar points and/or vocabulary.

(In reality, I barely look at the transcript booklet. Listening to the audio course works perfectly fine for me.)

There are no pen and paper exercises to perform. This makes Michel Thomas better for rapidly speaking a language, but if you're looking for a way to become better at writing, this might not be the (only) course for you.

The basic course is relatively short. The foundation course consists of about eight hours of audio. The advanced course consists of around two.

This does not include the "pause" time. The course is designed that you need to actively form sentences every time the tutor tells you to do so at the next beep.

You pause the course and for example, the teacher asks you to pose the following question in "target language"

"I would like to book a room for tonight."
-Vorrei fare una prenozione per la camera per sta stessa

Adding 50% time to the courses will give you a good estimate on how fast you can complete the course, including pauses and re-listening to tapes. (infrequently, I reckon 10%)

You can study at your own tempo. The lessons can be followed up as fast or moderate as you like.

It is advised to follow the course chronologically. Almost each and every one of the lessons connect in some way, usually through the grammar or through vocabulary.

This basically means that you might start off slowly, but you will certainly pick up the pace of lessons as you progress through the course.

You don’t need a computer to learn this course, which might be a definite positive for some people. I know that when I am trying to sit down and learn something as complex as an entirely new language when sitting at my computer desk, there are just so many distractions.

 

Usability

You take your virtual lessons along with a British male and an American female, who you can also hear on the audio. The other students learn simultaneously with you. You learn from their mistakes as well, as the teacher gives feedback on their endeavors.

Sometimes, the other students can feel like they're holding you up. A lot of students seem to have a concern with the slower British guy. Sometimes he can hold up the class, for lack of a better phrase.

Still, as the lessons progress, he doesn’t feature in them quite so much, and personally, I think the fact that the other students make errors is beneficial for your language learning progress. You'll find yourself correcting the mistakes your co-students make.

Maybe you progress at the same rate as the man or woman, or find yourself doing better than either of them. Either way, it’s very helpful in making you feel like you’re in a real learning environment, instead of a virtual classroom.

The results are the same, or maybe even better as you don't feel any pressure/stress to get it right, like people usually feel when they are in a "live" classroom.

This audio method is of teaching does have its drawbacks. For the method to work, you need to be relaxed and you need to be able to pause the disc and say your sentence out loud.

The ideal environment for me was my bed. At night, I'd lie down and listen to a disc or two. Depending on your personal preferences, I do feel like it is best to learn this at home by yourself, instead of a public place. A quiet workspace with little interruptions is perfect.

The Michel Thomas program insists on the fact that you don’t need to take notes, write in a workbook, and if possible, try to keep yourself from memorizing as opposed to learning the language.

It is certainly a pleasant method to learn a language. It comes down to is that you just have to be relaxed, and focus on the words and phrases that are being spoken by Michel and his two other students.

The words and phrases really stick in your memory. And you won't feel lost for words when you need to use them in actual conversation (stress, anyone?). You really internalize the grammar and vocabulary, without even having studied a grammar book or vocabulary word list.

You learn the language naturally, like a child being immersed. Only instead of a parent, you have a psychologist/linguist teaching you the language of your choice in an extremely effective manner.

 

Note:
If this is the sort of thing that might bother you, is that Michel himself is for the most part not a native speaker for the courses that he is teaching. (Other courses have native speakers using Michel Thomas' system for language teaching. )Still, his accents are excellent, and he always stresses the correct syllable, etc. It really isn’t something that should worry you, but it might come a little out of the blue if you aren’t expecting it.

There is a strong focus on “doing” words, or verbs, and here is where the program really shines. It is thoroughly spot-on with the grammar aspect of learning languages. Some other programs skip these vitally important parts of a language, when you really will need them if you ever want to become fluent. Or they explain grammar in an unnecessary difficult manner.

Michel Thomas does not use words like adjective or subject, but you will learn their usage and correct order. Just like a child that is learning a language; naturally!

This course teaches you to break down sentences and language into core segments. What needs to be said, how do you say it, and how do you put it all together, in a way that every student can understand. This is best explained by listening to a free trial sample. Michel Thomas developed a method that inspires the student to keep on learning. You really feel like you're progressing, and making the language your own. This course gives you real confidence in your oral abilities and more than enough knowledge to really start understanding the language.

 

Cost

Michel Thomas is incredibly good value for what you will learn. A solid proven method to get you speaking ASAP, that will pay itself back in no-time.

Admittedly, it isn’t as flashy as some that you might encounter, and it certainly doesn’t have that multimedia aspect that is so popular nowadays, but it is an excellent learning tool.

With the focus being solely on speaking and listening, instead of trying to do too much with the budget, Michel Thomas has opted to really give this aspect of learning their full attention.

This is clear from the quality of the lessons. you can see that the majority of the content comes from experience in teaching languages.

 

Who was Michel Thomas?

Michel Thomas was a gifted linguist and language teacher who mastered ten languages in his lifetime. He also became famous for teaching many celebrities how to speak a foreign language.

Film stars such as Mel Gibson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson and Barbara Streisand paid up to £18,000 each for face-to-face lessons.

He even taught Doris Day Spanish to enable her to sing the hit song, "Que Sera Sera", with confidence!

Michel Thomas taught many famous students over his 50-year career, including Sofia Loren

Michel Thomas' remarkable life experiences fuelled his passion for teaching languages.

Michel Thomas was born Moniek Kroskof, the only son of a family who owned a textile factory in Poland in 1914. WWII made him move across Europe and gave him the experience that inspired him to develop a system to effectively and quickly teach languages.

In 1947, he moved to Los Angeles and set up the Michel Thomas Language Centers and taught languages for over fifty years in New York, Beverly Hills, and London.

Michel Thomas died of heart failure at his home in New York City on Saturday 8th January 2005. He was 90 years old.

Michel remains the world's greatest language teacher and an inspiration and mentor to learners everywhere.

 

Summary

Michel Thomas is a solid, proven method that I recommend as a starting point for anyone beginning to study a language.

It will no doubt, 100% get you speaking a language within the shortest timeframe possible.

If you're more advanced and have achieved a decent level of fluency, Michel Thomas is probably not for you.

Michel Thomas courses clearly explain basic grammar and teach you essential vocabulary, without the studying ever feeling tedious or like a chore.

You won't improve your writing skills, and after all the courses, you will have a base vocabulary of around 500-1000 words. The lack of vocabulary is another drawback, but that is where our frequency dictionaries come in handy.

There might be other programs that offer you a wide range of skills (speaking, writing, listening), but the Michel Thomas package is by far the best audio-only on the market.

Michel Thomas is available in the following languages.