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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 1-8, 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 Dutch 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 9-12, the Intermediate course: This course is for those with an intermediate-level foundation in Dutch, or those who have completed lessons 1-8 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak Dutch 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 6 of the Dutch Beginner course, you’ll be able to use phrases like 'I'm hungry' and 'I'm interested', express the conditional mood ('would'), and learn about the Dutch words for 'the' with…- nouns and adjectives: 'time', 'hunger', 'interest', 'chance', 'English (language)', 'Dutch (language)', 'The Netherlands', 'America', 'important'- phrases: 'I am hungry' (= 'I have hunger'), 'he is interested' (= 'he has interest')- linking words: 'in order to', 'if'- time expressions and prepositions: 'always', 'often', 'in'- verbs: 'to speak', 'would/supposed to'- articles: 'de' and 'het' for 'the'- use of 'gaan' ('to go'): can be used to mean 'going to' only when the following verb is an action verbIn the next lesson you’ll be able to translate English phrases like 'I have been waiting a long time', use past-tense forms like 'could' ('was able to'), 'wanted', 'was/were' and 'had', and learn about the 'time--place' rule.

©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • 04-23-19

brilliant series of books

loved it just like the rest, however there is an error at the end of chapter 7 where a couple parts are missed and others are duplicated.
not sure if anyone from the admin side sees this... but if so can you fix it?

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  • 06-17-17

Highly recommend this series

There is a section that skips a bit of the lesson- it seems to be in all downloads. It's not crucial, just mildly annoying. Apart from that, this lesson is great.