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Spanish With Michel Thomas

Book Review

 

Title:

Spanish With Michel Thomas - Deluxe  Edition

Author:

Michel Thomas

Publisher:

NTC Publishing Group, Lincolnwood, IL

ISBN:

0-658-00758-0

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

February, 2001

Rating:

Spanish With Michel Thomas - Deluxe  Edition is the Spanish language chapter in the Michel Thomas series. The course consists of eight one-hour compact discs and is packaged in an attractive bookshelf  style case.

This program is an all-audio course -- there is no workbook or script included with it. All learning is accomplished by listening and repeating what is being discussed. What makes this course different from others is the learning format that is utilized. The student is not supposed to take any notes or try to remember what is being taught. As the lessons are being presented, two students in the audio program learn the material at the same time as the listener. Perhaps this is done to build confidence since they make many of the same mistakes a beginner makes when learning a language.

The strength of the Michel Thomas series of courses is that the focus is not on developing a large vocabulary, but instead on gaining a comprehension of the structure of the language. A rather small vocabulary is expanded to cover a wide variety of uses and situations. Some of the topics in this course include the present tense, past tense and future tenses of verbs. The course is particularly strong in the presentation of both direct and indirect object pronouns and demonstrates their use in an easily understood manner. Other verb uses such as the conditional and reflexive tenses are explained late in the course.

This series of courses is ideal for those wanting to develop basic and intermediate level skills in spoken Spanish. This course takes the student far beyond the present tense of verbs and deeply into the structure of spoken Spanish.

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