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Publisher's Summary

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 Arabic 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 Arabic, or those who have completed lessons 1-8 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak Arabic 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 1 of the Arabic Beginner course, you’ll be able to make simple statements, ask questions and say what you want with…

Course teaches Egyptian spoken Arabic
Instant vocabulary of English/European words taken into Arabic (slightly adapted to Arabic speech patterns), and Arabic words taken into English: 'bank', 'film', 'CD', 'cola', 'cinema', 'pizza', 'supermarket', 'sandwich', 'telephone', 'doctor', 'radio', 'kebab', 'falafel', 'bazaar', 'souk', 'camel', 'sugar', 'tea', 'salad', 'macaroni' (= 'pasta' in general), 'rice', 'omelette', 'potatoes', 'tomatoes'
Social communications: 'may I have?' (lit. 'possible?'), 'please', 'no', 'thank you'
No words for 'a', 'an' or 'some' in Arabic
Pronouns: 'I', 'you' (masculine and feminine forms), 'he', 'she'
No words for 'am', 'is', 'are' in Arabic
Use intonation for questions
Pronunciation of vowels in Arabic
Feminine endings
Nouns: 'manager', 'water', 'hotel', 'coffee/café', 'Port Said'
Adjectives: 'thirsty', 'Arabic', 'tired', 'Saudi'
Pronunciation of Arabic sounds 'ain' and 'hamza' (glottal stop)
Verb: 'wanting'
'The': in English words like 'algebra'; elides with certain following consonants
Time expression: 'now'.
In the next lesson you’ll be able to talk about places and family members and learn to use the possessive pronoun 'tag' ('my').
©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Annabelle on 09-27-13


What did you love best about Michel Thomas Beginner Arabic, Lesson 1?

Good introduction for absolute beginners like me. I especially liked Mahmoud and Janes's interventions/explanations of the origins of certain words.

Any additional comments?

I really did not like this teaching method of sharing the class with two other 'students'. At first, I thought it was a clever idea but then found it distracting and annoying to have to wait for their answers. Also, often, when Jane was asking to repeat something, I did not have time to press 'pause' to think of my answer, one of the two students already was starting to answer and spoil it for me. hahaha. I felt like the two other students were waisting my time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joanna Yates on 06-24-15

I'm amazed at my progress

Years of traditional teaching destroyed my confidence. Being dyslexic made languages the enemy to me. This has got me speaking in hours and I'm feeling motivated to learn more. I'm blown away. Anyone who thinks They can't do languages should try this method.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 01-09-15


A fantastic style of teaching, and a brilliant way to learn a new language. This was so much fun, and it has inspired me to buy the rest of the series and learn Arabic. It makes learning Arabic fun, and easy. Highly recommended.

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By Jasmine on 06-27-15

Fantastic. I can't fault it.

My father's side is Lebanese, but my Arabic is extremely weak.. I can understand fairly well, & I know scattered words, but I can't form a sentence. So my journey to increase my fluency started but I could not find many language programs for Arabic, I've been to a school as a child but they only teach literacy, & the few Arabic speaking programs I found were severely flawed,& the Arabic I already have alerted me to that... Now, Lebanese is out of the picture for me b/c no one teaches it... Egyptian is what I eventually settled on, but still I couldn't find a place that worked. And then I found the M.T method & low & behold they had Arabic available. & the best part? IT'S WORKING! AND FAST! :D

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