Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

CD-Audio Michel Thomas Method

By (author) Michel Thomas

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  • Publisher: HODDER EDUCATION
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 66mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444133055
  • ISBN 13: 9781444133059
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 12,896

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Learn Spanish - 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 Spanish perfectly - Incredible progress. Learn Spanish effortlessly - Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying The Method: Stress-free audio learning Michel Thomas teaches you Spanish 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 Spanish in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization. Why it Works: Learn the Spanish language the way you learned your own You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Spanish 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 Spanish 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 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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"I never thought I could learn Spanish, but using the Michel Thomas Method has made me realise there is hope..." Bruce Parry "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

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Similarities with English; -ible, -able endings the same; 'es posible' (it is possible) 'para mi' (for me); 'no es posible para mi' (it is not possible for me); 'para usted' (for you) "por que?' (why?); 'asi' (that way); 'lo siento' (it I feel = I feel it = I'm sorry); -o at end of verb espresses 'I'; 'yo' (I) used for emphasis only; 'pero' (but) -ante, -ente endings in Spanish = -ant, -ent endings in English; 'muy, bueno' (very, good); 'tengo, quiero' (I have, I want); 'tiene' (you have) "que?' (what?); 'porque' (because); 'saber' (to know); 'puedo, puede' (I can, you can); 'hacer, comer' (to do, to eat) 'algo' (something); 'tengo hambre' (I have hunger = I am hungry); -ario ending in Spanish = -ary ending in English; 'y' (and); 'ver, verlo' (to see, to see it) -ancia, -encia endings in Spanish = -ance, -ence endings in English; 'la, una' (the, a); 'esta noche' (tonight); "donde?' (where?); 'cena, cenar' (dinner, to dine) -cion ending in Spanish = -tion ending in English; 'de' (of); "que tipo?' (what type?); 'por favor' (please); 'hoy' (today) 'dar' (to give); verbs from English -ation nouns: transformation = transformacion = to transform = transformar; stress in Spanish words; infinitive in Spanish ends in -r; three types of verbs; 'verle, verlos, verme' (to see him, to see them, to see m 'comprender, decir' (to understand, to say); 'tener, tener que' (to have, to have to); 'salir' (to leave); 'pronto' (soon); "cuando' (when?) -ico ending in Spanish = -ical ending in English; "cuanto?' ('how much'); 'estoy, esta, estar, esta' (I am, you are, to be, this); "como?' (how?); 'voy, voy a' (I'm going, I'm going to); 'tarde, mas o menos' (late, more or 'no voy a hacerlo porque voy a estar muy ocupado hoy' (I'm not going to do it because I'm going to be very busy today); 'voy a llamarle mas tarde' (I'm going to call you later); "a que hora?' (at what time?); 'va, va a' (you are going, you 'estar, ser' (to be: temporarily, permanently): 'estoy/soy' (I am); 'se, no se' (I know, I don't know); revision of three verb groups; nouns, adjectives and verbs; 'venir' (to come) 'con, conmigo, con el, con ella' (with, with me, with him, with her); 'ir, voy, va' (to go, I'm going, you're going); 'comprar, encontrar' (to buy, to find); stress in present tense; 'vender, comprender, escribir' (to sell, to understand, to write) 'me gusta, me gusta escribir' (I like, I like to write); "Sabe donde esta?' (Do you know where it is?); "Por que no lo sabe?' (Why do you not know it?); present continuous tense in Spanish: "que esta haciendo?'(w 'lo que' (that which = what): 'no comprendo lo que dice' (I don't understand what you are saying); 'quiere decir' (you want to say = you mean): 'no comprendo lo que quiere decir' (I don't understand what you mean; three verb types: endings for 'he/she/it/ 'hablar' (to speak); 'lo hacen' (they do it/are doing it); 'tu' (you); giving orders (imperative): 'habla - !hable!' (you speak - speak!); 'este, esta, ese, esa, esto, eso' (this, that): 'este/ese libro' (this/that book), 'esta/esa mesa' (this/t 'lo, la, los, las' (it, those): 'el lo/la compra; el los/las compra' (he is buying it; he is buying them); negative orders: '!no lo compre!' (don't buy it!); 'contigo' (with you); -mos ending for 'we': 'hablamos, comemos, salimos' (we speak 'llegar' (to arrive); 'go-go' verbs: 'tengo, vengo, salgo' (I have, I come, I leave); 'go-go' verbs become 'ga-ga' in the imperative: '!venga conmigo!' (come with me!); 'llamar' (to call); 'e to ie' verbs: 'tener - tiene' (to have - you have); 'comen 'o to ue' verbs: 'poder - puedo' (to be able to - I am able to = can); 'encontrar, recordar, volver; (to find, to remember, to return); 'nos, se': 'nos levantamos, se levanta' (we get [ourselves] up, you get [yourself] up); 'hay' (there is/are); 'ver' (to -remos = future ending = 'we will': 'esperaremos' (we will wait); three ways to form future; -ra, -ran, -ras = future endings = you/he/she/it will, you/they will, you will; 'ser, sera' (to be, it will be); 'go-go' verbs add 'd' for fut 'decir - digo - dire' (to say/tell, I say/tell, I will say/tell); 'hacer - hago - hare' (to do/make, I do/make, I will do/make); -ria ending = would: 'sera necesario - seria necesario; lo hare - lo haria' (it will be nec forming the past: -ar verbs - -ado; -er/-ir verbs - -ido; 'he, hemos, ha, han, has' (I have, we have, you/he/she/it has, you have - when forming past tense); 'he comprado algo; lo hemos comprado' (I have bought something; we have bought it); 'hacer - lo h -ing present: 'estoy esperando; lo estoy haciendo' (I am waiting; I am doing/making it); -ing past: -aba for -ar verbs; -ia for -er/-ir verbs: 'esperaba, salia, lo hacia' (I was waiting, I was leaving, I was making/doing it); 'esta hec 'acabo de salir' (I have just left); 'hace': 'hace diez minutos' (ten minutes ago);