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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 Russian 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 Russian, or those who have completed lessons 1-8 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak Russian 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 2 of the Russian Beginner course, you’ll be able to use the verb endings for 'I' and 'you', translate 'I have', and make polite requests with…

Verbs: 'to understand', 'to think', 'to find out', 'I want', 'to eat', 'to drink', 'to do', 'you know', 'to be'
Nouns: 'airport', 'address', 'café', 'things', 'mum', 'plan', 'idea', 'allergy', 'doctor', 'flu', 'computer'
Phrases: 'I'm hungry/thirsty' (= 'I want to eat/drink')
Asking politely
Verb endings for 'I' and 'you'
Pronouns: 'me', 'you' (object form: 'I understand you')
Question word: 'how?'
Social communications: 'how are things?', 'what do you think?', 'what do I do?'
Translating 'I have': 'by me (there is)'
Adverb: 'normal/OK'
Words ending in ' ture' and ' y' are similar in Russian
In the next lesson you’ll be able to speak about the future and use impersonal verbs ('I need', 'I am interested') and the verbs endings for 'he', 'she', and 'we'.
©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Sigmund Do Cestra on 04-30-18

Incorrect Pronunciation

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.

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By Andrew on 02-17-14

Great course, but buy CDs instead

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Brown on 05-15-18

I'd rather not listen to students fumbling...<br />

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.

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