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I have listened to many Russian courses and found this one one of the most annoying because of the incorrect pronunciation and the old-school demeanor of the tutor. Also, IMO having two bad students pronouncing the sentences incorrectly and making mistakes does not work at all. I found it so irritating I did not go past minute 20 or so.
What would have made Michel Thomas Beginner Russian, Lesson 2 better?
I am a great fan of Michel Thomas language courses, so the problem is not the content. However, since language courses are all available on CD it is far better value to buy the CD's load into itunes and then resell the CDs on ebay.
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The speakers kept using rising intonation because they were not fully confident in what they were saying. it's almost as if they were asking "Is this right? Am I saying it right?"
It becomes tiring listening to the instructor's continual corrections.
This is akin to throwing you in the deep end on your first swimming lesson, or a ski instructor taking you down a black ski run on your first day. It's awkward. Better to learn the basics first, then you will automatically be a more confident speaker.
She exercises the part of your brain to construct new sentences. But the vocabulary is very limited. What will happen is that the students won't understand anything that they are told in real life. It feels like a very superficial knowledge to learn 95% cognate words in another language...
So far I have only listen to 2.5 hours, but she does not set you up to say very basic things like "the book is on the table".
If you're going to teach or learn that way, better to know how to ask "How do you say xyz?" in Russian, then simply copy what is said.
I think "behind the wheel" Russian is more fun. It's a much more comprehensive course (especially if you listen to it three times or more). And always with native speakers whom you can copy for perfect pronunciation!
But not this! By contrast, I cannot imagine listening to this ever again. I won't. It feels more like quasi-Russian elocution lessons than foreign language learning.