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I was first a bit put off by the instructor's slow voice, but realized after listening to other audiobooks that this method is fantastic! in two days I learned so much, without any effort at all. I am currently listening to 'in flight french', which is absolutely no comparison with the michel thomas method. The only problem with this book is that two novice french students are used; not an issue on its own but the female student in this book comes across as very dumb... she mispronounces things, and makes mistakes too often. I wondered whether this was part of the plan; learn from her mistakes. However, i wish they would have used slightly more advanced students instead of total beginners.
The book is overall fantastic though, and any novice to French will find it useful. I studied french in high school and didn't remember a thing, but it's coming back to me now thanks to this book. I just wish it were longer!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
rated with 2 stars because the female student in this audio is a strong issue of distraction borderline giving the experience a negative atmospher. Just to be aware of it.
Do you learn from this audio as easily as Michel Thomas states you can (yes)... yes you do learn. Listen to his suggestions/guidelines on how to use this audio without the drilling, or trying to think too hard.
Just a few short sessions I find myself having the French words pop into my head to answer daily activities of interaction before I realize I am doing it.. And that is the type of free accepting learning I wanted. That your mind just knows and responds in French without thinking...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I bought this audio book on a whim as I have wanted to learn French for a while - even though I dropped it a 'O'-level in 1976. I had always found French lessons hard work - this book opened my eyes to how simple it can be: 60% of the English vocabulary is broadly the same as French - how cool is that? One immediately has a significant French vocabulary. Very clear method and I find myself enjoying it - and I can speak half reasonable conversational French within a couple of days.
Highly recommended .
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
My wife struggled and struggled with various French courses, both at adult classes and also with several video and/or audiobook sets. Nothing worked for her until I bought her the Michel Thomas course. His approach is quite different from other courses and enabled her, for the first time, not only to communicate with others in French but to enjoy the learning process. I'd recommend it to anyone who has tried other courses only to give up.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful