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Michel Thomas Beginner Dutch, Lesson 2

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Categories: Languages, Dutch
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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. 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. 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.

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The Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts, enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself. 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 '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. 

In lesson 2 of the Dutch Beginner course, you’ll be able to talk about the future and use adjectives to describe nouns with…

  • Verbs: 'to understand', 'to have', 'to say/tell', 'to give', 'to need' (= 'to have needed/necessary'), 'to phone', 'to stay'- only one Dutch present tense to translate the three English present tenses ('you understand', 'you are understanding', 'you do understand') 
  • Pronouns: 'nothing', 'something', 'they', 'he', 'she'
  • Word order in questions
  • Linking word: 'for' (sense 'because')
  • Verb forms for 'they', 'he/she/it'- adjectives and adverbs: 'needed/necessary', 'bad'- social communications: 'yes', 'no', 'Good morning'- time expressions: 'tomorrow', 'today', 'late', 'long' (= 'long time')
  • Question words: 'how?', 'what time is it?'
  • Expressing the future with the present tense: 'I do it tomorrow'
  • Nouns ending in ' ation' are similar in Dutch: 'information', 'situation', 'operation', 'reputation', 'inspiration'
  • Articles: 'the', 'a'
  • Using adjectives in front of nouns: 'a bad situation'- noun: 'morning'

In the next lesson you’ll be able to give commands and use the Dutch 'even' to soften requests.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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Same as introduction book

If you could sum up Michel Thomas Beginner Dutch, Lesson 2 in three words, what would they be?

Don't download if you have the introduction book in the course as it is almost identical, go onto book 3.

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duplicates the lessons from the first download

I bought this thinking it was the continuation from the first download but it is just a repeat of the latter lessons... but if you haven't mistakenly bought the same thing twice it would be a good tool

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Very good audible

The overall pace is a good one and the teacher carefully manages to send the correct pronounciation across.

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Perfect but short

I learned so much so quickly from the first and second copy of this. My only issue with it is that there is 8 chapters and they cost so much separately. But the content itself is priceless

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The best way to learn

This made learning Dutch so easy. I have used what I learned and people are amazed how quickly I learned.