“If you can use the verbs of a language, you can use the language”
Michel Thomas (1914-2005)
Here is a selection of some of the main Michel Thomas audio CD language courses, which take a different approach to learning languages to other brands in that they focus right from the off on building sentence using verbs – doing words – rather than focusing on vocabulary. Some people find this approach works better than other language programs – others prefer more traditional learning.
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Total Spanish Foundation Course: Learn Spanish With the Michel Thomas Method is an excellent resource to learn basic Spanish with a pratical emphasis on building sentences using cornerstone Spanish verbs right from the off. Very well reviewed course with 8 hours of learning materials. Follow on advanced course also available.
Total Portuguese Foundation Course: Learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method provides a great introduction to basic Portuguese with up to 8 hours of learning materials. No homework or rote memorization required; a simple, fun practical approach that gets you building progressively more complex sentences right away. Very well reviewed.
Total Foundation Italian Course: Learn Italian With the Michel Thomas Method is his introductory course providing a solid grounding in Italian, with a focus on using verbs and forming sentences right away. Builds up confidence speaking Italian in small, manageable steps. Multiple CDs with around 7 hours of learning material. Follow on Advanced course also available.
Total Foundation Course: Learn French With the Michel Thomas Method is the introductory French course, with 10 hours of practical focused learning, quickly building up sentence structure and use of verbs. No homework or overthinking the language; just a no nonsense approach that immediately gets you speaking sentences in French. Very well reviewed; Intermediate and Masterclass courses also available.
Total German Foundation Course: Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method is the beginner’s guide to learning basic German with around 8 hours of solid teaching, with an emphasis on listening and thinking out answers to questions as you build up your knowledge of verbs and sentence structure. Very popular and highly regarded as are all the courses; Advanced course also available.
Total Greek Foundation Course: Learn Greek with the Michel Thomas Method is his introduction to basic Greek, but narrated by a Greek native instead of Michel Thomas himself for a clearer accent. Up to 8 hours of learning material with a practical focus as always on using common verbs to form sentences. Well reviewed with a Perfect Greek top up course also available.
Foundation Swedish: Learn Swedish with the Michel Thomas Method is the beginner’s course in Swedish, narrated using the Michel Thomas method by two native speakers for better pronunciation. Logical, stress free building block structure that will have you building sentences in Swedish within the first hour. Around 8 hours total learning material.
Total Japanese Foundation Course: Learn Japanese With the Michel Thomas Method is narrated by Niamh Kelly and native Japanese speaker Mikiko Kurose for better pronunciation. As always with the Michel Thomas method, emphasis on building sentences first and adding vocabulary later. Very well reviewed – practical structure can build up confidence quickly.