Start French New Edition (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method): Beginner French Audio Taster Course (CD-Audio)Michel Thomas (author)
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'The thrill is that you're actually figuring it out on your own. You're engaging with another language, not just parroting it... It's an excellent way to start, and leaves the listener thinking, Hey, Ich kann do dis.' - New Yorker, David Sedaris, humorist and author, on learning German with the Michel Thomas Method
Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking a new language in a matter of weeks, not years? The original no-books, no-homework, no-memorizing method is in tune with the way the brain prefers to receive, store and retrieve information. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.
This Taster course is the first hour of the eight-hour Foundation French course. Within this first hour you will learn 50 essential words of French thanks to the Michel Thomas Method, perfected over 50 years by celebrated psycholinguist Michel Thomas.
* Pick up French naturally and unforgettably without strain
* Learn from listening and speaking, without the pressure of writing or memorizing
* Build up your French in manageable steps by thinking out answers for yourself
* Progress to the full Foundation French course with confidence in the method.
This new edition includes remastered audio and comes in new, eco-friendly recyclable packaging.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
During this one-hour live course, you will join Michel Thomas and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. From the beginning you will be able to construct simple sentences, and you will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating as necessary, and completing the course within 3-4 hours.
WHY IS THE METHOD SO SUCCESSFUL?
'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' - Michel Thomas
Before there was machine learning, there was Michel Thomas. For over 50 years he worked on decoding languages by breaking them down into their most essential component parts. These 'building blocks' are introduced to the learner sequentially in such a way that you reconstruct the language for yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want. This unique method draws on the principles of instructional psychology and works with the way your brain prefers to receive, store and retrieve information. Knowledge is structured and organized so that you absorb the language easily and don't forget it. The method is designed to eliminate the stress which prevents you from relaxing and allowing the brain to work in the way which accepts learning in a seemingly painless, very exciting and highly motivating way.
HOW DO THE COURSES WORK?
'All stress inhibits true and effective learning' - Michel Thomas
During the course, you will join Michel Thomas and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class. Within the very first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or stress of having to memorize. You will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating where necessary, and complete the course in about 3-5 hours.
WHAT WILL I ACTUALLY ACHIEVE?
'I am the architect who builds the house. It's up to you to decorate it.' - Michel Thomas
The Michel Thomas Method will help you kick-start, continue, and flourish in your French language learning journey. It is not intended to get you perfectly fluent, but it will get you speaking and using French, with proper pronunciation, faster than most any other method. It is designed to give you a strong foundation and good working knowledge of a language from which you can expand and later 'add decoration' to. It is a rapid method for learning, but still requires effort and concentration on the part of the learner.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COURSE?*
Start French comprises one audio CD. The booklet is available to download from www.michelthomas.com.
*Note that the course content is the same as the previous Start French edition, with remastered audio
LEARN ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME!
Reclaim your pockets of free time to learn a new language! Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever and wherever you want, in as little or as much time as you have.
WHERE DO I GO NEXT?
Foundation French follows on from the Start course.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Weight: 42 g
Dimensions: 205 x 195 x 5 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
I've used Michel Thomas to get off the starting block for French, Italian and Spanish and I'm always surprised by how much I can say after only a few hours of listening. The Michel Thomas Italian course organises verbs into logical groups which helps you pick them up fast. And perhaps more importantly, it shows you how to use this grammar to build useful sentences. -- Katie Harris * Joyoflanguages.com *
I experienced the same sort of pleasure that you got from suddenly getting a crossword clue right or cracking a code...the finger-snapping moment of, Oh My God! I've just understood what you've said to me in Spanish or you've just understood me! -- Peter LOVSTROM
The nearest thing to painless learning * The Times *
A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages -- Stephen Fry
The most extraordinary learning experience of my life -- Emma Thompson
Thomas makes it simple * Sunday Times *
Works like a dream * Daily Telegraph *
Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed * Guardian *
Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning * Time Out *
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