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Michel Thomas Advanced Spanish: Bk. 1 (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, CD


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Revue de presse

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) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

Biographie de l'auteur

Michel Thomas had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and became the world's most sought-after language teacher. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.



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18 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellant follow up to the original course 6 mars 2006
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I am only half way through this, but I can tell that this is another masterpiece by Michel Thomas (may he rest in peace).

With his warm, rich and rasping voice, it's like you are a child again, listening to your grandfather regaling you with stories from long ago. A joy to listen to! As Michel Thomas says himself at the beginning of the recording, "I'm happy to be here, I'm happy to be back with you" - yes, we are happy to be back too!

The pace of this 4 CD pack is much faster than the original 8 CD set, but this is to be expected as the listener is at a more advanced stage. One feature that improves on the first set is that the structure of the lessons are listed for each track on each CD.

Here's an overview of the lessons:

CD 1: overview of present, subjunctive, imperative

CD 2: future, conditional, simple past, "The diving past" - (I have spoken)

CD 3: "would haves", more simple past, "was-ings" - (I was going)

CD 4: past subjunctive, "would haves"

The reason why I don't use all the right gramatical names is that that's not the way MT works. He tells you how to say the things with his own unique style.

Remember to "change tracks" and that the "go-gos" become "ga-gas" in the imperative!

Just as awesome as the 8 CD set for MT fans who want to go (a good few steps) further. 5 stars.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Superb Addition to the First Course 13 février 2006
Par Nabil Hijazi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I could not disagree with the one other review more. One track on this CD set makes the purchase price well worth it. Specifically Track 8, on CD 2: past tense - the past tense Cha Cha (é and ó, í and ío). If that doesn't teach you the past tense in Spanish, nothing will!

Michel Thomas is absolutely delightful in this recording, just as much as he was in the first set. His method is absolutely brilliant. I listen to him in my car, since I am trapped for at least an hour a day, and I have a great time practicing and learning with the other two students.

The only reason I don't give him five stars, is that there is no book that accompanies the CDs. I would love to see his method written down so I can enjoy reading and reviewing it, after I've listended in my car. I am even toying with the idea of doing that myself (write a book to accompany his CDs). It would be a simple transcription in PDF downloadable format. If the publisher does that (hint, hint), I would definitely pay for it.

What anyone studying Spanish, or any other language, needs to realize is that there are fundamentally two ways to learn the language:

1) Learn by imitiation and example, as you learned your native language, and like children learn a new language from their parents, playmates, and surroundings: You see, and hear, hundreds, perhaps thousands of examples, and you figure out, and internalize without conscious thought, the patterns. Rosetta Stone follows this method. Their online Spanish course has 8400 sentences! (two units, 19 lessons, 2100 slides, 4 sentences per slide). A great approach, if you have the time, the patience, and the inclination to learn that way. I don't. That's for children and I don't have years to devote to learning a new language. I want to be speaking and understanding in about 10 hours.

2) Learn as an adult learns, by studing language structure "template sentences", and "formulas" - in other words, grammar (Michel doesn't like to say grammar, he prefers structure, but grammar and usage patterns are essentially what he teaches). This vastly reduces the learning load, but requires an adult mind that can handle the abstractions of grammar and sentence structure. It also requires him to use English to teach Spanish, or French, or Italian. Something that Rosetta Stone does not want to do. It reduces the size of their market (teaching French to the Italians and Spanish to the Chinese). Instead of seeing 8000 example sentences, you just need 100 template sentences. You fill in the blanks by learning vocabulary for "things". This is Michel's method.

You will need to get both versions. The first set has very little coverage of the past tenses. I find that you must know the past tenses to communicate: I forgot to call you, why didn't you call me, how did you sleep last night? how was your trip, did you enjoy the music, what did you think of the movie, etc. It is amazing how often we need to use the past tense!

BTW, I had to order from the UK Amazon web site, because Amazon US said it takes 3 to 5 weeks. I paid a little extra to get my hands on the advanced version. I love it!

Get it, you won't regret it!
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excelente 22 juin 2006
Par M. Ng - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
This is a very good follow-up to the 8-hour course. I don't understand why the first reviewer said what he said and gave this advanced course only 1 star.

There is a booklet with the CD's. So I would say this follow-up course is even better than the original one.
9 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Avoid this one 2 août 2006
Par Marty Gulaian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
An audio-only course is OK if want to learn a few tourist-type phrases in a language, but to really learn a language you need a decent textbook to give you a grammar and structure reference, and lots of audio with native speakers to learn the pronunciation and to train your ear to understand. This course fails on every level.

First and fatal flaw - you'll never hear anything remotely resembling a native speaker. Michel Thomas has a very strong, and bad, accent. He can't pronounce a rolled r sound, and doesn't understand that d and b/v each have two different sounds - that the d's in "dado" don't sound the same, that the b's in "bebo" are different. He also doesn't seem to understand how stress works, forcing the students to lengthen stressed syllables interminably - "haaaaaaaaaaablo" and "hablaaaaaaaaado" - it's painful to listen to, and they probably would have got it right by following normal English pronunciation.

Second, any attempt to teach all the Spanish verb tenses in four cd's worth of audio is going to be hopelessly superficial. This is the sort of thing you need to study and review, and for that you need a written reference, so you have something to look at and go back to when you can't remember, say, the conditional of "haber". He flies over everything far too quickly, and gives you no easy way to concentrate on something until you get it.

Third, there isn't any time for anything but verbs, so you don't learn to say much of anything - just the same few sentences with the verbs changed - "I told you because you asked" and "I will tell you when you ask" and "If you asked, I would tell you". There's a lot more to advanced Spanish than a few verb tenses in simple sentences.

Fourth, Thomas's attempts at helpful memory tricks, all his "wings" and "cha-chas" and "diving boards", his "rivers" and "friends", were more distracting than useful. Maybe they would work better sprinkled into a year long classroom course, but jammed into four hours they just become one more thing to learn, that crowds out the more useful things.

And finally, there isn't much structure or production effort put into this course. It's just Michel Thomas talking to a couple of students for four hours. It's almost insulting to be asked to pay that much $$ for sitting in on somebody ELSE's lesson.

Recommended all-audio alternatives: If you refuse to use a book, Linguaphone all Talk is the best all-audio that I've heard. Pimsleur is OK, painfully repetitive, but a lot better thought out than this course.

Or, far better choice, use a text+audio course; the Living Language Ultimate is the best I've tried.
Michel Thomas - Advanced 1 février 2012
Par Keppie2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
Great service and product. I really enjoyed Michel Thomas' introduction to Spanish and hoped to get more CD's. Our local bookstore said they were unable to get the Advanced version, and suggested I look on the internet. Am I every glad I did! There is so much more to learn, and it's wonderful to hear him teaching to two more (mature) students. This is the first time I've ordered anything through the internet, but a friend assured us that Amazon was a realiable source. Thanks.
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