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Whether you've tried unsuccessfully to learn a language in the past, or this is your first time speaking something other than your mother tongue, Michel Thomas's approach is clear, simple and surprisingly effective.

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

    This is the first two hours of the eight-hour Italian 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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    Surprisingly Effective

    Surprisingly effective, although I would worry that the style of teaching is limited; Michael Thomas says things like 'posso' = I can, but this might mean that one has trouble with any verb / noun that he hasn't explicitly taught you. I also don't think the level is particularly high, but it must be good if you have never encountered the language before.

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    I did have high hopes for this.

    After buying the Hindi version which was great, I was looking forward to this title unfortunately it's not great, I listened to it on my phone and I had to have the volume quite high to listen to the people talking so that I could understand them better, unfortunately the beep to let you know when to reply is so sharp and loud, it really made it uncomfortable to listen too, so will be returning.

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    The Way to Learn

    I was frankly hopeless at non English languages in school, even my native tongue Gaeilge. I teach History and on a visit to Austria in 2007 was mortified that I only had two or three words of German. Never one for grammar exercises I tried Michel Thomas German and so began a love affair with the method. I became competent and confident in German and French due to this method. The courses gave me confidence in my approach to many to tongues not on the courses including Gaeilge. In my opinion this is the way to learn another language by speaking the tongue by listening repeating and forming sentences. After all that is how we all learned to speak from birth.

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    Clear pronunciation

    I hear them talking so clear and it is easy for me to repeat after.

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    My Italian friend burstout laughing

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

    Emphatically not.

    Has Michel Thomas Method put you off other books in this genre?

    No

    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a native speaker - this is simple.

    What character would you cut from Michel Thomas Method?

    Michel Thomas

    Any additional comments?

    My Italian friend howled with laughter at Michel Thomas' "Italian" accent. She said that if I spoke like that in Genoa I'd be laughed at - and she was right!
    Please change this to a NATIVE Italian speaker: this is not a bad course per se, but the pronunciation is poor. I'd love to big this course up, but I trust mt Italian friends more than a publisher's sales spin.

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    • 17-01-19

    I really liked this approach

    I felt like I was sitting with the teacher and two other students, and we were all learning together. I love how he builds his sentences. For example, you might learn to say "I can", then I can do it, I can do it now, i can't do it, sorry, i can't do it now.... etc. in one section, he was explaining the history of the English language to help understand the Italian. I found that part fascinating. my only wish would be to have more and longer lessons. *this is NOT an advanced course! Maybe more for an advanced novice.

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    • Brett
    • 13-09-16

    Good base to work from in the journey

    This covers a good base but not for beginners I believe. I will continue to the next in the series.

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    • Marcia
    • 10-04-10

    Good learning method, annoying verbalization

    I found the Michel Thomas method for teaching Italian to be more effective than other methods I have tried. However, I can only listen to this for a few minutes at a time, as I find the constant "chewing and smacking" noises made by Michel Thomas extremely annoying. The book would be more effective if those noises could be edited out.

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    • Abdullah
    • 04-11-19

    OK...

    I've tried other Michel Thomas courses, and they were much better than this. I'm surprised and disappointed.

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    • David
    • 04-08-08

    Very good learninig method

    I found this to be a very effective and interactive learning method.

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