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Total Italian (Learn Italian with the Michel Thomas Method)

Total Italian (Learn Italian with the Michel Thomas Method)

CD-Audio Michel Thomas

By (author) Michel Thomas

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  • Publisher: HODDER EDUCATION
  • Format: CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 238mm x 68mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 144413311X
  • ISBN 13: 9781444133110
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 21,486

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A new edition is now available, ISBN: 9781444790702 Learn Italian - 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 Italian perfectly - Incredible progress. Learn Italian effortlessly - Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying The Method: Stress-free audio learning Michel Thomas teaches you Italian 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 Italian in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization. Why it Works: Learn the Italian language the way you learned your own You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Italian 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 Italian 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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"For the first time, trying to speak Italian was fun, not frustrating" TES "Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" Time Out "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

Table of contents

Vocabulary: cognates in -enza, -anza, -azione, -izione, -ema, -ibile, -abile, -ente, -ante, -ario, -ico, -ale Nouns and adjectives: understanding gender; definite and indefinite articles; position and agreement of adjectives Verbs and tenses: formation and practice of key verbs in the present tense; explanation of verb groups and endings; use of 'volere', 'dovere' and 'potere' with infinitives; present to express future; formation, use and practice of future, conditional, imp Verbal idioms: 'sto' + -ando/-endo; present tense + 'da'; 'vado a' + infinitive; 'c'e'; 'mi piace'; 'ho bisogno di' + infinitive; 'ho voglia di' + infinitive; 'far fare'; 'si dice'; 'ci vuole' Questions: intonation; question words 'perche, cosa, a che ora, dove, quando, quanto, quale, come' Pronouns: subject (for emphasis and clarity); direct and indirect object pronouns; pronouns after prepositions 'con' and 'per'; practice in position of object pronouns with different parts of the verb; combinations of object pronouns; use of 'ne' Pronunciation, including stress