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Michel Thomas Method Speak French for Beginners [Livre audio] [Anglais] [CD]

Michel Thomas

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50 internautes sur 53 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good aside from grammatical errors and Michel's German-Polish accent 3 janvier 2011
Par Clayton B. Thomas III - Publié sur Amazon.com
First, a little background: I've done the Pimsleur French course (all 3 levels), as well as numerous other materials, audio, text, and software. So this is not my first course of this type.

On the whole, this proved to be excellent for speaking practice, with the following caveats:

1. Michel Thomas' approach is to teach two new students, and you listen and imitate. But the inclusion of new students in the audio program means that the listener hears not only Michel's French, but also the mistakes of the students. For me, this was not a big deal, but had this been my first experience with the French language, it probably would have been.

2. Michel is not a native French speaker. He was born in Poland and lived most of his early life in Germany, and his accent is obvious in both English and French. Again, if you have some prior French language experience, this may not be a big deal, but I would certainly not advise anyone to imitate Michel's accent.

3. In addition to the students' mistakes, Michel himself makes numerous grammatical and pronunciation errors (aside from his accent) over the course of the program. For example, he repeatedly states, "Personne est..." where the correct form would be "Personne n'est..." he even states explicitly that the "ne" is not used if "personne" begins the sentence, which is simply not true. He also states that "un" and "une" are pronounced the same in rapid dialogue, which he describes as a "brief touching of the n," but the "n" in "un" is never pronounced unless the following word begins with a vowel. He also states that French words are accented on the last syllable, but this is also technically incorrect - officially there is no stress accent in French, and what stress does appear in actual dialogue is very loose. Once again, if you are at least somewhat experienced with French, these issues may not matter particularly, but if you are new to the language, there are a lot of bad habits that you could pick up from this course.

Aside from all of these problems, this course does provide quite a lot of conversational practice, and the vocabulary is markedly different from that of the Pimsleur course, which for me meant a lot of opportunities to learn new words and refresh vocabulary that I'm not used to using very often. Michel does go through a lot of vocabulary very quickly, though, and he definitely does not review to the extent that the Pimsleur courses do, so if you are starting out in French I would recommend beginning with the Pimsleur course if it's available to you (check with your local library - they frequently carry them, or can order them at least). Then, once you've got the basics down, you might give this course a try.
31 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I am living proof that this method works 21 juillet 2010
Par Jay Vee - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have been living in Luxembourg, where the main language is French, for the past five years. Two years ago I bought Michel Thomas's French course, because I was tired of not being able to communicate while taking care of daily tasks. Within a few days I was having a go at the language. No books, no writing, just listening to the course on my half hour commute to work and back.

After completing the course I immediately bought the advanced course which I also strongly recommend. I now converse daily in French and have no problems taking care of day to day task in French.

The measure of language learning is if you can be understood. This is what you will achieve with this course. There has been a lot of criticism from people regarding the lack of vocabulary in this course. This is not a problem. The most important thing is that you understand how sentences are formed and how to use the verbs. Vocabulary will come all by itself (just start reading Tintin commics after you've completed this course like I did.)

Do I make mistakes? All the time. Am I useless at French prepositions? Absolutely. Am I understood by the natives. Perfectly. Tell me. What more can you ask for from a language course?

You learn to speak French and have a learning curve that is very steep indeed. This will get you there, all my English colleagues are still in awe of me. In my mid thirties and I have learnt to speak a new language, you can do it too, it's a fabulous journey. Good luck
21 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 You won't be disappointed. 11 octobre 2010
Par J. B. Gonzalez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD|Achat vérifié
I have tried Berlitz & Pimsleur, Pimsleur being far superior to Berlitz, but I have to say that this is by far the best teaching tool out there. I read all of the reviews prior to purchasing and was a little hesitant because some said that the instructor had a thick accent and the students were distracting. Others thought that the last two Cd's were identical to the first 8 without the students. First let me say that while the instructor does have a bit of an accent, he is very easy to understand and his teaching technique is superb. Secondly, I found that the students made the learning easier. It really feels like you are sitting in a room with a French tutor and two other people. It was very good and helped in the learning process. Lastly, you can not just skip to the last 2 CDs. They are a review and a chance to practice what you learned, but they are not instructional in nature. I just finished the entire series and am ready for the next level, which I am about to purchase when I finish this review. You should also know that you can get then lessons on your iPhone and iPad and I think that Itunes sells them as well. I bought the cd set and then downloaded them into my iTunes so that I could listen to them in my car and on my iPhone. The cost is about the same. Buy this if you really want to learn French quickly.
11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 EXCELLENT 30 décembre 2010
Par PookieThePirate - Publié sur Amazon.com
I just love that Michel Thomas beats out Rosetta Stone and any other over priced software. He doesn't have you repeating like a parrot, and you actually remember what you say. Maybe because it's really fun.

You actually form sentences right away, which is what you need to learn and speak a language. Yes you need phrases and words, but in the end you have to make up your own phrases and sentences, not just repeat what you hear. It all has to come naturally.

Michel Thomas does just this. What also impressed me is that he didn't start off with what everyone else starts off with. The greetings, hello my name is... etc etc. Just goes straight into "what do you want to eat for dinner tonight", and you will be amazed at how you will say that phrase, in french.

What goes on in the Audio CD :

You are pretending to be the 3rd student in his class. There's one male and one female. This can be a little annoying, but again it's like a classroom where you are subjected to anothers mistakes or mishaps, which is fine. You see they are struggling too if you are struggling. But if you get everything right away, this can be a bit troublesome. Luckily their mistakes and mishaps don't lasts TOO long.

He tells you the phonetics and words and grammar. He has a language builder which I highly suggest. You would know how to make sentences. Now you just need more words! Get that and a dictionary, and you're set.

Now, this is why I knocked off 1 star, his accent. It can be hard to understand what he's saying. 90% I do understand, but I hate having to rewind a little just to hear what he had to say.

In all : His method is effective. He came up with this, and it's more effective than most programs out there. The only other program is probably Pimsleur. To me though, Pimsleur has you repeating a lot, which can get boring. With Michel Thomas it doesn't get boring at all!

Highly recommended.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 MICHEL Thomas Speak Frefch for beginners 19 août 2011
Par Sam Neil - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD|Achat vérifié
This was good and bad, It covered a lot of material and explained basic rules and word usage in a learnable way. The main reason I wanted a disc was for the native speaker. Mr Thomas is very good, but he isnt a first language English or French speaker. Some of his English sentences were poorly constructed. No native speaker would construct a sentence that way, but he was not teaching English, he was teaching French. He missed entirely the familiar form in French. What if we need to speak to children or were in less formal situations? Also he had 2 "students" on the tape and spent far too much time having them speak and figure out the words. I can pronounce French badly all by myself. I don't want to listen to students struggling. The female student was especially annoying,The sentences were long and complex and I wonder if his French sentences were as poor as his English ones. Overall, he did impart a lot of basic info, the CD was inexpensive, but I think a good class would be needed to build on this. A native speaker is a must.
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