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Would you listen to Michel Thomas Method again? Why?
I speak German, but my husband wants to learn the basics so I bought this for him. The Michel Thomas Method is a great way to pick up the basics of language structure along with a handful of vocabulary.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The instructor on this one had to spend too much time teaching the students to pronounce the words ich, mich & nicht. The male student's sighs and huffs distracted from the lesson.
Any additional comments?
The only problem I've noticed is that this teaches only the formal address (Sie) and not the informal (du), at least in the introductory course. However, I understand that the format used actually simplifies the language and makes it easier to learn.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I listened to the first 20 minutes before I had to turn it off. Mr. Thomas' voice has an accent, and some of his English isn't clear; how can I expect his German to be clearer? He also speaks haltingly, as if he's busy doing something else on the side. Might have benefited from sticking to a script. There was also the "don't memorize anything" vs "here are three letter strings to remember". Paul Noble does this far better and in digestible chunks. I did understand the two students clearly, better than Mr. Thomas, but I didn't feel confident that this was the best option for me.
For those who have attempted to learn a new language and failed this is a completely different way of teaching. The onus here (as Michel says in the course) is in the teaching method of the language and not on the learner to learn and memorise the language. As a result the method is much more relaxed and so I feel the language is absorbed better - Michel is very adamant that you must not try to memorise. The course prompts you to (along with the other 2 students used to create a classroom environment) to think about the language and try to guess what a word or expression would be - instead of telling you first how to say it (Michel is also good at giving you just enough pointers to work it out while still giving you the feeling of working it out by yourself - great for confidence). There is also a brief explanation at the start of how the large part of English is based on German and how consanants "shifted" over time. This gives you a large vocabulary you thought you never had. The biggest bonus to this course I feel is that it is taught by Michel himself - having tried some of the "Michel Thomas method" courses I feel that Michel is a much better teacher than the others used in the more recent courses and has a much more engaging tone. However, I would still recommend all of the courses as the method really does work.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I've recently been trying to learn some German to prepre for a summer holiday so downloaded this hoping to pick some up. My major problem with this guide is the voice of the teacher. I appreciate he may be an expert in language but I found his voice rather unpleasant to listen to. I really couldn't get past this hurdle and struggled through the tutorial. There are far better introductory courses out there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful