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Michel Thomas Method

Spanish Introductory Course
Narrated by: Michel Thomas
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Summary

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

    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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    Unbelievably effective!

    As a complete beginner to Spanish I was expecting this audiobook to maybe teach me the alphabet, some numbers, some basic greeting ... it did so much more than that! I listened to the recording in the car on the way to work and even after the first 30 minutes, I was able to put together some very sophisticated sentence structures and understood, based on common letter patterns and cognates, how to construct many more. Michel Thomas' style of teaching and the use of two students in the recording ensures that you quickly learn how to build up full, very useful, sentences, as well as understand what not to do (as the students make exactly the same mistakes that you will!) I would whole-heartedly recommend it.

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    Really excellent way of learning espanol for me.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Michel Thomas? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really like this way of learning languages. Given basic words or ways of saying things and then having to work out how to say phrases from these. Great learning in a kind of problem solving way where the mind naturally picks up and remembers things from almost working out/realising and teaching itself, rather than repetition.
    Works well for my mind and memory that way.

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    Works for me

    I tried the free 20 minute sample lesson to begin which I would recommend to see if this style of learning suits you.
    My first impression was that it sounded very unprofessional but once I heard the way the tutor interacts with the students I realised it is part of the informal teaching technique.
    By the end of 20 minutes I was able to understand some basic sentences and by the end of the introductory course I am able to structure basic sentences.
    I like the fact that it feels like you are partaking in a class and that I'm not the slowest member (though it does get a bit frustrating that the male student still cannot pronounce "puede" after about a thousand attempts)
    As other reviewers have pointed out be aware that the introductory course is the same as lessons 1&2.
    I intend to buy the other lessons in the course and expect my Spanish to vastly improve

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    Fresh approach to learning Spanish

    Would you try another book written by Michel Thomas or narrated by Michel Thomas?

    I will continue giving Michel Thomas a go, because there were some key learnings in this chapter that stuck with me.

    Any additional comments?

    There are two "students", a male and female, accompanying Michel Thomas. The male student is incredibly irritating because he is slow and gets it wrong all the time. If it was just Michel and the female voice it would be great.

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    Great teaching style, infuriating delivery.

    I found this teaching style to be marvelously effective, having not experienced it before with other languages. However, the constant mispronunciations by one of the students, and the constant subsequent corrections made by the teacher are maddening. Also, it sounds like Michel (teacher) is sucking on a lolly throughout the entire lesson. Unnecessary on both counts.

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    Thought I'd learn more

    I like the style of learning but I think you need to be an absolute beginner to do this. I have taught myself a bit of Spanish and was hoping this would introduce me to different tenses but it doesn't, and so I found myself learning little, but it was still good practice of the present tense

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    Fun, enjoyable and progress is made quickly

    Having already done a little Spanish, I found this great for building my confidence in speaking the language. It was also great learning tricks on how to convert some nouns/adjectives from English into Spanish. Consequently your Spanish vocabulary will grow very quickly. It’s also great getting such clear guidance on pronunciation. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable and well worth it.

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    amazing

    really interesting and easy to follow. I am learning without even knowing it, so is my daughter who is learning at school.

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    great gateway to a new language

    had done the full french course and now trying out Spanish. so far so good

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    • mrs kelly pearson
    • 25-03-15

    A 'must have' for any aspiring learner!

    One of my most favourite practical Spanish lessons. Brings a new approach to learning through absorption as opposed to learning through memorisation.

    I had to listen to it quite a few times but it is working for me at the minute. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn Spanish as an additional language.

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    • Daniel Riley
    • 14-02-15

    Great!

    Painless and very informative! It was easy to follow along without losing interest in the material.

    Yo necesito mas!

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    • Siddhartha
    • 22-04-11

    The course is enjoyable and feels natural

    Look forward to surprising my friend by speaking Espanol )

    Michel Thomas has an authentic feel in the way he teaches. the style is natural, the students who learn from him give us a parallel to relate to.

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    • annemarie
    • 13-11-19

    marble mouth hard to understand

    I listened to most of this guide and found it helpful but the teacher sounds like his dentures are about to fall out if his mouth, which at times makes it hard to understand him. The male student makes a lot of mistakes and I found that frustrating and distracting when I was speaking out loud along with it.