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Publisher's Summary

Learn another language the way you learnt your own.
You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn German in the same way.

You'll stick with it because you'll love it.
  • Use the unique method perfected over 50 years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas.
  • This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your German in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself.
  • You learn through listening and speaking: without the pressure of writing or memorizing.
  • You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably.

    This is the first two hours of the eight-hour German Foundation Course. In this original, ground-breaking studio recording, join Michel Thomas himself, linguist, psychologist, and language teacher to the stars, and two students in a live lesson and within the first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with the students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the session.

    Join the millions of people worldwide who have learnt a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.

  • ©2000 Thomas Keymaster Languages LLC; (P) Hodder and Stoughton

    Critic Reviews

    "A genuinely new way of learning a language." (Daily Mail)
    "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed." (The Guardian)
    "Learning Spanish with Michel was the most extraordinary learning experience of my life: it was unforgettable." (Emma Thompson)

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    • Heather
    • DE PERE, WI, United States
    • 02-28-12

    Good, but the sighs. . .

    Would you listen to Michel Thomas Method again? Why?

    I speak German, but my husband wants to learn the basics so I bought this for him. The Michel Thomas Method is a great way to pick up the basics of language structure along with a handful of vocabulary.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The instructor on this one had to spend too much time teaching the students to pronounce the words ich, mich & nicht. The male student's sighs and huffs distracted from the lesson.

    Any additional comments?

    The only problem I've noticed is that this teaches only the formal address (Sie) and not the informal (du), at least in the introductory course. However, I understand that the format used actually simplifies the language and makes it easier to learn.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    Not for me

    I listened to the first 20 minutes before I had to turn it off. Mr. Thomas' voice has an accent, and some of his English isn't clear; how can I expect his German to be clearer? He also speaks haltingly, as if he's busy doing something else on the side. Might have benefited from sticking to a script. There was also the "don't memorize anything" vs "here are three letter strings to remember". Paul Noble does this far better and in digestible chunks. I did understand the two students clearly, better than Mr. Thomas, but I didn't feel confident that this was the best option for me.

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    • Steven
    • 02-19-10

    The best way to learn a new language

    For those who have attempted to learn a new language and failed this is a completely different way of teaching. The onus here (as Michel says in the course) is in the teaching method of the language and not on the learner to learn and memorise the language. As a result the method is much more relaxed and so I feel the language is absorbed better - Michel is very adamant that you must not try to memorise. The course prompts you to (along with the other 2 students used to create a classroom environment) to think about the language and try to guess what a word or expression would be - instead of telling you first how to say it (Michel is also good at giving you just enough pointers to work it out while still giving you the feeling of working it out by yourself - great for confidence). There is also a brief explanation at the start of how the large part of English is based on German and how consanants "shifted" over time. This gives you a large vocabulary you thought you never had. The biggest bonus to this course I feel is that it is taught by Michel himself - having tried some of the "Michel Thomas method" courses I feel that Michel is a much better teacher than the others used in the more recent courses and has a much more engaging tone. However, I would still recommend all of the courses as the method really does work.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04-13-13

    So easy

    This appears to be a straight forward, no nonsense, unique approach to learning a new language. It's so intuitive and I honestly felt confident in a very short space of time to use it in conversation. The method asks you not to memorise anything which at first feels strange but by relaxing and going with it, the way you learn sets up a longer term structure so as to understand the grammar and conversation not just a list of words. Excellent in my opinion and learning this quickly really motivates you to delve deeper or indeed try another new language taught by this method.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Judy
    • 06-11-12

    Like being in a small class!

    This was a great way to refresh the basics of conversation after nearly 30 years. I only ever did one year of German at school but it was amazing how it flooded back. Michel Thomas has you working out quite long sentences very quickly and you feel like you are part of a small group. I rate this very highly and would love to have a follow on course to do.

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    • Mrs
    • 09-28-13

    easy learning

    Would you consider the audio edition of Michel Thomas Method to be better than the print version?

    Really easy way to learn but to much winging

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    What does Michel Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    If he would just stick to the teaching it would be great. Easier to learn with audio as you can do it while shopping or walking down the road.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • James
    • 04-30-13

    Not very helpful

    I've recently been trying to learn some German to prepre for a summer holiday so downloaded this hoping to pick some up. My major problem with this guide is the voice of the teacher. I appreciate he may be an expert in language but I found his voice rather unpleasant to listen to. I really couldn't get past this hurdle and struggled through the tutorial. There are far better introductory courses out there.

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    • Karthik
    • 10-25-12

    Michel Thomas Method : German Introductory Course

    This is an excellent method of learning a new language and I found it engaging and addictive

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    • Mark
    • 01-08-17

    brilliant - a painless way to learn

    this method is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough. These are the first two lessons

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    • steve makepeace
    • 04-11-16

    Not the best

    It's ok. But learning with two other people in a class situation is very confusing as they keep getting it wrong