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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 German 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 German, or those who have completed lessons 1-7 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak German 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 German Beginner course, you’ll be able to ask questions and make statements in the present tense with…- similarities between German and English- verbs: 'to wish', 'to learn', 'to want', 'to drink', 'to eat', 'to do', 'to come', 'to be', 'to see', 'to hear', 'to stay', 'to go', 'to understand', 'to stand'- social communications: 'Welcome', 'Good morning', 'Good evening', 'goodbye', 'I'm sorry', 'please'- phrases: 'it is', 'you want', 'with me', 'will you', 'can you', 'I can', 'I know'- adverbs and adjectives: 'very', 'quickly', 'soon', 'well', 'long time', 'good'- question words: 'what', 'when', 'how', 'where'- using infinitives ('to' form of the verb)- time and place expressions: 'today', 'this evening', 'tonight', 'now', 'here'- formulating questions and polite requests- pronunciation- conjunctions: 'if', 'but'- pronouns: 'you', 'we', 'I', 'me', 'it'- expressing the present tense: 'we are staying', 'we stay', 'do you stay?'- forming the negative- using 'handles' (modal verbs such as 'can', 'want', must') In the next lesson you’ll be able to talk about the future and say what you can, must and want to do.

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a great beginning for a new speaker

provides a lot of material in a short period Of time and you actually understand what you are learning.

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  • Andy
  • Fountain Valley, CA United States
  • 07-25-17

Excellent. I know zero German. Started speaking right away.

I'm a professional music teacher and can recognize effective teaching skills. Michel Thomas was great.

The first 3 minutes might seem boring but stay with it for basic instructions. Then he smoothly goes into teaching you to recognize the familiar traits of English and how it relates to the German. This way you can apply one rule to many words and phrases.

I have studied 6 languages and by far this is the best system yet.

Basically he teaches what you want to know but don't know with what you already know, if that makes sense. Best teachers do that!

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Great jumpstart to a new language

I love Michel Thomas and his method that quickly builds conversational ability in a new language. I've used him for other languages and the German lessons are every bit as good. Highly recommended as s tool in learning German!

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Relaxing

What did you love best about Michel Thomas Beginner German, Lesson 1?

It's relaxing. Easy to remember.

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Good voice. Michel Thomas voice. The best.

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Michel Thomas is hypnotizing.

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  • 05-28-16

Digestible, logical and intuitive approach

intuitive way of learning and understanding the structure, grammar and etymology of words. Much easier than the usual approach of just being expected to remember it with no reason or explanation.

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  • Sam
  • 11-05-15

This guide is truly amazing, highly recommend <br /><br />

this guide is brilliant, highly recommended for determined language learners. certainly better than learning from textbooks

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  • Welshfarmgirl
  • 02-15-15

Really good!

A very good learning experience, I listen for about an hour daily, then write it all down and I'm really getting there.

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