Learn a Language with Michel Thomas
By Hachette UK (BP)
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Learn another language the way you learned English! Choose from French, Spanish, Italian and German. Get the free preview now, then "pay as you learn," purchasing lessons hour by hour!
Millions of people worldwide have learned a language using the Michel Thomas method: you listen, he explains, you speak – right from the word go.
• Be fluent in 8 hours
• Developed by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas
• All-audio method and beautiful, tactile graphics
• No books, no pens, no memorizing – just relax, listen and respond
• Fun flash card feature – helps you practise and track your progress
Download your free preview and start speaking a new language today.
REQUIRES WI-FI: Please note that this app features in-app purchases which will require a Wi-Fi connection.
What people are saying about the Michel Thomas Method:
“You learn a language effortlessly. It is amazing. Michel had me speaking French and I learned it in a way I've never forgotten, and it was painless. A tremendous experience." – Woody Allen.
“The most extraordinary learning experience of my life” – Emma Thompson
“A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages” – Stephen Fry (in Rescuing the Spectacled Bear)
What's New in Version 2.1
Now you can share your successes with your friends by posting your flashcard results on Facebook, Twitter and into an email. Inspire your friends to try the life-enriching experience of speaking a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.
Best way to learn
The app is considerably cheaper than the new CDs so I went with it for Polish, French and German after trying the "start" CDs.
I used the French CD the day before a trip to France and having not spoken French since school over a decade ago, I found myself confident enough to use it for basic cases. This was a revelation for me, given the drawn out and complex nature of all other language learning methods.
Having only done the Foundation courses so far (I hope they add the advanced soon!) I would expect that this does not negate the need for learning the technical parts of a language, but instead gives you a platform from which you can be confident that you know how to speak it.
The sessions are also enjoyable and help any car journey go faster. Other reviews for these apps are right in the controls being a bit basic and I would have liked them to have removed the frequent sound of Michel's saliva from the German series! I also had issues trying to post my flash card results to Facebook - not that mind people don't see my scores.
I have already recommended the app to many friends and hope they continue to make these for more languages!!
Michelle Thomas method
I had the Spanish Course on CD which cost me £60, and had tried uploading it to listen on my phone. Then I found the App, and that it was much cheaper than the CDs, and you can buy one lesson at a time, as you need them. This is great and very convenient. I really like the method of learning, and have also bought the Greek and German courses since. The written language is not covered though, only the spoken language, so if you want to be able to read and write in the language you will need some other learning materials or course. I always find that it's good to use more than one method of learning a language anyway so use this in combination with other courses. It's great for listening to on trains etc. I have one big complaint about all the Michelle Thomas method apps though - they all seem to keep disappearing off my phone after a while! Despite having downloaded and listened to all the lessons, it tells me they are not downloaded, and I have to download them all again, which is time consuming. I've had to download my Greek course 4 times now! And Im on the third download of Spanish. This really needs to be sorted out, as its the only App this happens with.
This is definitely the best Spanish language App in the App Store, and I should know, I have tried most of them.
It's hard to pin down just why Michel Thomas' technique works - the carefully controlled pace? - the slight but constrained deviations into explanations that don't throw you off course? - the friendly and relaxed tone?... I have been learning Spanish for 18 months and this App, in the final two lessons, enabled me to rapidly revise everything I knew about Spanish. Michel's M.O. is to make you feel relaxed about learning, and to slowly connect the parts together, like an impossible jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces... But you soon realise that the jigsaw is made out of very simple parts, and that if you do it piece by piece, that you will quickly see how Spanish works.
You will eventually realise that you are learning about verbs, tenses, nouns and adjectives (and more!) but Michel makes these things unimportant while he is teaching you. All he wants to do is to enable you to make sense in Spanish. I have never found anything so natural, and slightly addictive. Genius!
- Category: Education
- Updated: 11 July 2011
- Version: 2.1
- Size: 24.0 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Bookpoint Limited
- © 2010 Hachette UK
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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