• Michel Thomas Beginner German, Lesson 1

  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-02-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (35 ratings)


Language classes at school were, for many people, a genuine struggle, but there is in fact another way to learn that comes far more naturally. By basing his approach on the way we first learned to communicate, Michel Thomas makes the whole experience simple and effective.
What is the Michel Thomas Method?
The Michel Thomas Method teaches everyday conversational language that will allow you to communicate in a wide variety of situations, empowered by the ability to create your own sentences and use the language instinctively, having absorbed the vocabulary and grammatical structures. These all-audio courses were perfected over 25 years by gifted linguist and teacher Michel Thomas, and provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary.
Lessons 1-7, the Beginner course: This course makes no assumption of knowledge of any language other than English and gives the beginner practical and functional use of the spoken language. It is also appropriate for anyone who has studied German before, but has forgotten much of it or does not have confidence in speaking. The Beginner course is designed to take you from complete beginner to intermediate level.
Lessons 8-11, the Intermediate course: This course is for those with an intermediate-level foundation in German, or those who have completed lessons 1-7 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak German proficiently and easily.
How does it work?
Unlike most language courses that focus around topics or grammar forms, the Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts, enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want. Within the first 10 minutes of the course, you will be generating complete sentences on your own. It is important that you complete the lessons in order. The Method is successful because it builds on the language you learn in each lesson and 'recycles' language taught in earlier lessons, allowing you to build ever-more complicated sentences. Because the Method is based on understanding, not memorisation, there is no set limit to the length of time that you should study each lesson. Once you feel you have a good grasp of the language taught in one lesson, you can move on to the next.
In lesson 1 of the German Beginner course, you’ll be able to ask questions and make statements in the present tense with…- similarities between German and English- verbs: 'to wish', 'to learn', 'to want', 'to drink', 'to eat', 'to do', 'to come', 'to be', 'to see', 'to hear', 'to stay', 'to go', 'to understand', 'to stand'- social communications: 'Welcome', 'Good morning', 'Good evening', 'goodbye', 'I'm sorry', 'please'- phrases: 'it is', 'you want', 'with me', 'will you', 'can you', 'I can', 'I know'- adverbs and adjectives: 'very', 'quickly', 'soon', 'well', 'long time', 'good'- question words: 'what', 'when', 'how', 'where'- using infinitives ('to' form of the verb)- time and place expressions: 'today', 'this evening', 'tonight', 'now', 'here'- formulating questions and polite requests- pronunciation- conjunctions: 'if', 'but'- pronouns: 'you', 'we', 'I', 'me', 'it'- expressing the present tense: 'we are staying', 'we stay', 'do you stay?'- forming the negative- using 'handles' (modal verbs such as 'can', 'want', must') In the next lesson you’ll be able to talk about the future and say what you can, must and want to do.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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By G on 28-05-16

Digestible, logical and intuitive approach

intuitive way of learning and understanding the structure, grammar and etymology of words. Much easier than the usual approach of just being expected to remember it with no reason or explanation.

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By Sam on 05-11-15

This guide is truly amazing, highly recommend <br /><br />

this guide is brilliant, highly recommended for determined language learners. certainly better than learning from textbooks

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By willa on 29-08-17

a great beginning for a new speaker

provides a lot of material in a short period Of time and you actually understand what you are learning.

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By Andy on 25-07-17

Excellent. I know zero German. Started speaking right away.

I'm a professional music teacher and can recognize effective teaching skills. Michel Thomas was great.

The first 3 minutes might seem boring but stay with it for basic instructions. Then he smoothly goes into teaching you to recognize the familiar traits of English and how it relates to the German. This way you can apply one rule to many words and phrases.

I have studied 6 languages and by far this is the best system yet.

Basically he teaches what you want to know but don't know with what you already know, if that makes sense. Best teachers do that!

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