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Publisher's Summary

What is the Michel Thomas Method?

The Michel Thomas Method teaches everyday conversational language that will allow you to communicate in a wide variety of situations, empowered by the ability to create your own sentences and use the language instinctively, having absorbed the vocabulary and grammatical structures. These all audio courses were perfected over 25 years by gifted linguist and teacher Michel Thomas, and provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary.

Lessons 1 7, the Beginner course: This course makes no assumption of knowledge of any language other than English and gives the beginner practical and functional use of the spoken language. It is also appropriate for anyone who has studied French before, but has forgotten much of it or does not have confidence in speaking. The Beginner course is designed to take you from complete beginner to intermediate level.

Lessons 8 11, the Intermediate course: This course is for those with an intermediate level foundation in French, or those who have completed lessons 1 7 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak French proficiently and easily.

How does it work?

Unlike most language courses that focus around topics or grammar forms, the Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts, enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want. Within the first 10 minutes of the course, you will be generating complete sentences on your own. It is important that you complete the lessons in order. The Method is successful because it builds on the language you learn in each lesson and 'recycles' language taught in earlier lessons, allowing you to build ever more complicated sentences. Because the Method is based on understanding, not memorisation, there is no set limit to the length of time that you should study each lesson. Once you feel you have a good grasp of the language taught in one lesson, you can move on to the next.

In lesson 1 of the French Beginner course, you'll learn how to make simple statements and ask questions with…- similarities between French and English; words ending in ible and able: 'possible', 'probable', etc.- 'it is' and 'that is': 'that's life'; 'it is good'; 'it is very comfortable'- 'for' and 'with': 'for me'; 'with you'- 'not': 'it is not…'- 'like this, like that'; 'I'm sorry, but…'- words ending in ant, ent, ary, ance, ence, ion, ical: 'important', 'different', 'necessary', 'difference', 'importance', 'condition', 'practical', etc.- pronunciation and word stress- 'I would like (to)…'; 'will you…?/do you want (to)…?'- 'to speak'; 'to come'; 'to eat'; 'to go'; 'to know'; 'to do'; 'to give'; 'to spend (time/money)'; 'to dine'- question words: 'where?', 'how much?', 'what?', 'which?', 'what sort of?'- time expressions: 'this evening/tonight', 'at the present time'- 'thing', 'something', 'the same thing'- polite expression: 'please'- 'the'; 'a'- 'do you have…?'- 'of': 'what sort of…?'- 'in'; 'to'In the next lesson you'll learn about word order and pronunciation, and how to say what you must and can do.

©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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Great lessons but too expensive

This is a great method for learning a language but you’re cut off at the end of each “book” very abruptly! Each “book” is less than an hour long which makes this quite a pricey course!

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Great Lessons but too expensive for only 55 minute

The lessons taught in this French series are excellent but having to buy 7 separate lessons which are only 55 minutes / 1 hour long is too expensive for the content provided - all 7 lessons (sold as 7 separate audiobooks) should be included into one 7 hour audiobook - not sold as 7 separate audiobooks which are each only approximately 55 minutes long. It is obvious when you listen to the lessens that they stop abruptly mid-sentence at the end of 1 hour of listening and if you wish to continue listening to what is currently being taught you have to purchase the next audiobook to continue the lesson. So you are effectively buying 7 separate "chapters" which are sold as 7 separate audiobooks. If it were sold as a single 7 hour audiobook which contained all 7 chapters - then yes it would be a very good purchase and value for money. The lessons are great - I give 5 stars for the actual French lesson being taught - but I give ZERO stars for the value for money.

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Too short for the cost. Not good value at all.

This is a great way to learn French. But Lesson One is very short and just not worth the money.

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Good start

The audio is clear, the narrator is easy to understand and the repetition is good to get your head around phrases.
I also like that other students in the class make mistakes too 😊

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It’s possible to learn French

You really have to try it to believe how easy it is to speak french, best investment I made in language learning. I imagine Jason Bourne used Michel Thomas lessons lol

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  • Olivia Baudais
  • 01-02-2015

Great learning tool

Amazing way to learn any language. Wish that you didn't have to buy each section/hour separately (which is why I give it one star off).

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  • Mcoakelin
  • 04-01-2015

enjoying getting a sense of achievement

I took French lessons at school but it never seemed to make sense. After this first book I believe that I am speaking better French than after 3 years at school

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2022

He’s so sassy

I’m such a a fan of Michel Thomas’ teaching, it’s really easy to follow and if you follow his rules you’re sure to pick it up. I usually split each “lesson” into 3-4 smaller stints, rewinding a bit to get the context from where I left off last.

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  • Jessica Aune
  • 13-11-2021

Easy

This is the best way to learn a new language! No homework! No notes! Just enjoy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-03-2021

An engaging review of my basic French

This Michel Thomas Beginner French is the most effective review of my long-lost college French. I’m looking forward to moving on to the next level.

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  • Edmond Louis Dzimah
  • 05-07-2020

French 1

Great lesson for me. Learning my French language steadily. Will continue with lesson two. Great.

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  • Mohammed
  • 15-01-2020

Best audio learning about French

Great way of learning French and proncontion the ward.also knowing the samilarty between English and French

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  • Deborah M. Visco
  • 18-02-2019

Helpful and different

I found this approach to language learning easy to follow along with. It feels like it's helping my brain build the connections organically. I do wish that you would get more than one lesson per credit.

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  • Matthew B
  • 05-02-2019

easy ro learn

this has made learning french so easy.. I am feeling confident with my start of learning it so I can go on vacation to France.

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  • Mary & Scott
  • 08-09-2018

Amazing

I always wanted to learn French since I was a little girl, even before Kindergarten, but never did because I lost hope before I nearly began. This audio book is AMAZING! I never knew more than half of English is actually French, and this book gives you the tools to start transforming your vocabulary into French and even to start speaking in full complex sentences! I have never been so optimistic and am finally proceeding to fulfill my dreams with learning French!!! Thank you so much Michel Thomas <3 <3 <3

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  • T. G. Wells
  • 22-01-2018

Too short for the money

It’s a good audiobook overall. I just feel that it has been divided up into too many individual books, not very cost effective for the consumer. Good for Amazon though

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  • rachael
  • 13-03-2015

Easy to follow

I Felt like I really took all the information in, I just wish each book was a slightly longer lesson

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  • 08-09-2018

Very easy, but will need to repeat

I was enjoying this very much up until the point where book ends. It is part way through a lesson and has been chopped with no consideration for the content. The very least that could be done is to come to a natural break then end. Bad production. Otherwise wonderful and I would recommend it language phobics like myself. You’ll be hooked and want them all.

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  • 07-09-2017

This is a repeat of the introductory course.

Waste if you have the introductory course.
Waste if you have the introductory course.
Waste if you have the introductory course.

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  • Lyndsay St Val
  • 03-12-2017

Fantastique

Voici une genial livre pour vous au apprendre Francais. Je conseiller vous allez et acheter il.

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  • 18-02-2015

The way of thinking French is transformed!

It's really eye opening to think about French language.
I thought I have to study all grammars and remember words.
This is great transform thinking of French language! And it leads very smooth transition from English to French.
This is great way understand that how to start to learn French!

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  • Reg Billinge
  • 11-01-2016

Quite expensive

There are less expensive and better ones on the market. I personally preferred the content and style of the Paul Noble, Collins French series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-2018

Cest bon. Cest practique pour moi haha.

Very good way of learning, no pressure at all to memorize the material. on to the next

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  • Martin
  • 19-07-2018

Too much getting annoyed

I tried going back to this time and time again but found I couldn’t concentrate due to Michel seeming like he was always getting annoyed and frustrated! I started feeling sorry for the woman and hoped she’d just tell him to stuff it and walk out. Sorry this type of learning is not for me. I need to memorise things to keep it in and you HAVE to have homework!

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  • Hannah Johnson
  • 31-08-2021

Excellent and easy way to learn French

Really great for beginners and those who need a refresher. Michel Thomas has a great approach to learning that I’ve found most effective when learning a language.

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