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Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

CD-Audio Michel Thomas

By (author) Michel Thomas

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  • Publisher: HODDER EDUCATION
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 236mm x 68mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444133020
  • ISBN 13: 9781444133028
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 7,964

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Learn French - Instantly. No books. No writing. No memorizing. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method. "The nearest thing to painless learning" - The Times - Guaranteed success. Speak and understand French perfectly - Incredible progress. Learn French effortlessly - Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying The Method: Stress-free audio learning Michel Thomas teaches you French through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. He builds it up, step by step, and you don't move on until you've absorbed and understood the previous point. And, as Michel Thomas said, 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' With parallels to the way you learned your own language, you'll learn French in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization. Why it Works: Learn the French language the way you learned your own You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your French in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably. Learn Anywhere Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player. What's in the Course? - 12 hours of audio on CD - NEW: visual learning review for PC or Mac - NEW: over 2 hours of extra vocab help - NEW: interactive exercises to check your progress How Does it Work? - Listen: collect words effortlessly by listening - Connect: create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together - Speak: put the words back together to build sentences, naturally

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Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and was the world's most sought-after language teacher.

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"The nearest thing to painless learning" The Times "A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" Stephen Fry "The most extraordinary experience of my life" Emma Thompson "Thomas makes it simple" Sunday Times "Works like a dream" Daily Telegraph "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" The Guardian "Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" Time Out "I've tried many courses including Rosetta Stone but I've finally found a language method that works. I'm doing the French course and I can now hold a decent conversation with my parents' neighbors in France!" Aubrey Parsons, Michel Thomas Method customer

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Similarities with English: '-able', '-ible', '-ary', '-ent', '-ant', '-ance', '-ence', '-ion', '-ation', '-al' endings; 'it's possible, it's comfortable, it's for you, it's not for me'; 'it's like that, it's very different'; elision of last consonant of p 'I would like...': 'je voudrais parler francais avec vous' (I would like to speak French with you); 'Will you...': 'voulez-vous venir avec moi' (will you come with me = polite request); 'voulez-vous aller manger avec moi' (will you go eat with me); ' 'je voudrais savoir ou c'est' (I would like to know where it is); 'je voudrais savoir combien c'est' (I would like to know how much it is); pronunciation of final consonants; 'c'est tres petit' (it's very small); 'c'est tres tard, c'est tro 'il est grand, elle est grande' (he is big, she is big); 'c'est tres vite, c'est trop vite pour moi' (it's very fast, it's too fast for me); 'vous parlez trop vite pour moi' (You speak too fast for me); 'vous allez trop vite pour moi' (You go too fas 'je voudrais savoir pourquoi c'est si bon' (I would like to know why it is so good); 'normalement' (normally : -ly > -ment); 'je voudrais un peu' (I would like a little); 'plus tard' (later); 'voulez-vous venir plus tard' (will you come later) 'autre', 'chose' (other, thing): 'je voudrais manger quelque chose' (I would like to eat something); 'je voudrais la meme chose pour moi, s'il vous plait' (I would like the same thing for me, please); 'je voudrais autre chose' (I would like so 'je suis tres occupe maintenant' (I am very busy now); 'je peux un peu' (I can a little : same sound); 'pas maintenant, pas pour moi merci' (not now, not for me thank you); 'je n(e) peux pas' (I cannot : this isn't a double negation); not all Fr 'je n(e) suis pas fatigue maintenant' (I am not tired now); 'je regrette' (I am sorry) 'I am staying' same as 'I stay'; 'it is/it isn't'; 'I go/he goes/it goes'; 'I can/he can/it can'; verbs derived from similar nouns 'I must/he must'; '-s' ending for 'I' (self); '-t' ending for 'he/she'; '-oir' verbs: 'avoir' (to have), 'savoir' (to know), 'devoir' (to have to), 'voir' (to see), 'pouvoir' (to be able to); 'aller' (to go); 'le faire' (to do it) 'le voir/la voir/les voir/vous voir/me voir' (to see it/him/her/you/me); 'lui' (to him); 'moi/vous/nous/lui/elle/leur' (me/you/us/him/her/them); 'mon, ma, mes/son, sa, ses/leur' (my/his/her/their); 'il y a' (there is) 'pas' (not); 'heureux de le faire' (happy to do it); 'quel/quelle' (which); 'que' (what), 'ce que' (what = that which); 'je dirai' (I will tell) three ways of forming future; 'on' (one/we); 'je me leve, nous nous levons, vous vous levez, il se leve, on se leve' (I get up, we get up, you get up, he gets up, one gets up); 'en': 'en France, en francais' (in France, in French); 'en 'je peux/veux/dois' + 2nd verb ('I can/want/must' + 2nd verb); 'je pouvais/voulais/devais + 2nd verb' ('I could/wanted/had to' + 2nd verb); 'j'aime' + 2nd verb ('I like/love' + 2nd verb)