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Great intuitive method for teaching languages, although I never thought I'd miss Michel Thomas spending an hour getting more audibly frustrated with students. (If you've never heard his other tapes, they're great.)
A little harder to remember some words than his insistent delivery, but the teacher has a lot of great asides to explain the more confusing points of Polish grammar. Easiest Polish course I've ever taken.
What disappointed you about Michel Thomas Method?
perhaps it's just the method that is terrible... 2.5 hrs of lesson.. only 1 hour of actual learning. the rest is the "teacher" correcting the "students'" incorrect pronunciation or word choice or explaining how Polish is a positive language. Teacher speaks in English after teaching you the words in Polish.. then the students are asked to say the phrase in Polish.. 1 out of every 3 times they say it either completely wrong or mispronounced. Unfortunately you have already repeated their incorrect pronunciation. (so you just learned it wrong)
If you learn well from a classroom environment.. teacher standing at the front of the class quizzing clueless students in language then, hey... this is for you. If not.. then please stay the hell away from this book.
Jolanta the narrator does a good job clearly pronouncing the words.
Would you ever listen to anything by Michel Thomas Method again?
Never.. ever .. again...
How could the performance have been better?
Do not allow the "students" to mispronounce or incorrectly phrase the words translated.
Focus less on learning how to say words like Tragic to explain form and stick with things a user need for an introductory class like... "I am hungry, where is a restaurant.", "where is the bus", "where is the consulate", "Can you help me"
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
having listened to several other Polish language courses I have to compare them to this one and I want to say No .. zero redeeming qualities. but, perhaps the fact that the listener will learn masculine vs feminine phrasing so there's that.
Any additional comments?
don't waste so much time with correcting students.. If I want to hear words mispronounced I can listen to myself repeating them.
great course to help get a taste of a language, i love learning bits of languages.. so perfect for me, you would probably need something a bit more comprehensive if you were planning to spend some time in the country but great to see how you like the language :)
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I have listened to Michel Thomas French and found them fantastic, however, I really struggled with this course so returned it after 30 minutes and an hour of play back. It is not easy to learn because you pause the tape, prepare your phrase, play it, listen to the learners saying phrases that are different to yours, so you go back to understand why you said it wrong then the teacher explains why the student was actually incorrect and so it's confusing learning the wrong thing until she corrects you. Other times students gave answers she said were correct, yet a few sentences previously she explained when to use a word, but then didn't use them. I got totally confused. Second, the phrases aren't useful for beginners. There was no mention of 'hello' 'goodbye' 'how are you' 'this weekend I am going to...' So after 1 hour and a half of Polish, I can say 'It is/this is' 'I have' 'but' and the rest I'm confused about so I'm going to get a tutor instead.