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This is a sample of the best-selling Michel Thomas Method Course, offering you a fast-track introduction to French.
Learn another language the way you learnt your own.
You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French 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 French in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself.
  • You learn through listening and speaking: without the pressure of writing or memorising.
  • You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably.

    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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    • Emily
    • Portland, OR, United States
    • 06-10-15

    Hypnotic language learning

    I first found the instructor off-putting, but then found myself hypnotized into listening. Anything that keeps me glued to it while I brush up on my French is a good thing to me! I'm now going to seek out the other installments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Not worth buying

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually teach a some useable French.

    Any additional comments?

    He thinks he's teaching French by telling one how many French and English words are similar. He gives a few words to use those similar words is present tense sentences with either the French equivalent of I or you as the subject. He includes almost to grammar instruction, and the learner has very little that can be used in normal experiences. Not to be recommended.

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    Kindly Edit Out Recording of Inaccurate Student

    The recorded students involved should not repeat the material incorrectly . Truly, my brain needs to hear the material correctly every time.
    Otherwise, this approach with Michel would be outstanding!

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    Not someone I would want to learn French from

    What disappointed you about Michel Thomas Method?

    I found his voice irritating and his attitude annoying. "Do not guess. You are guessing."

    What could Michel Thomas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps have someone else narrate it!

    What three words best describe Michel Thomas’s voice?

    Slow, old, paternalistic.

    What character would you cut from Michel Thomas Method?

    It's a language program; there are no characters to cut.

    Any additional comments?

    I was so turned off by the introduction and rules that I had lost patience by the time I got to the actual samples. I only made it part way through the sample.<br/>

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    • Penny
    • Sugar Land, TT, USA
    • 03-07-10

    So glad for the sample

    I'm glad there was a sample rather than having to purchase the whole book to learn that this wasn't for me. I just could not understand or handle the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Linda
    • 05-07-10

    Michael Thomas method; French sample course

    After listening to 20 minute sample I am forced to rewrite the 'I dont speak a word of French story' to I can speak, however poorly pronounced, and slowly a few words of French. My style of learning exactly. Will download the whole course now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • L. Bryant
    • 11-06-17

    A good introduction

    This is a great introduction to the course. Thomas has an interesting approach to teaching French. It won’t be for everyone. Frankly I like his reliance on using words that English and French have in common; the dreaded faux amis worry me much less than being stymied when I’m trying to speak. I like his use of « classmates » to work repetition into the course. Have a listen. See whether it works for you.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 10-16-17

    very good

    Very easy to follow and learn. Will be buying the full version with my credit

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02-17-16

    Very useful

    The teaching method is good, the t allows you to pick things up easily. Very simple.

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    • mary
    • 01-29-15

    20 Minute free sample

    Very enjoyable easy to understand. Would like to go on and complete the full course. I feel encouraged to go further with the language .

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    • Uzume
    • 08-09-13

    Where is this sample from?

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was good while it lasted. Which complete title is this from ie introduction CD or the complete course?