1 German Introductory Course Michel Thomas Learn another language the way you learnt your own
2 Michel Thomas, Michel Thomas, the internationally renowned linguist and language teacher, who was awarded the Silver Star by the US Army for his bravery in the Second World War, died of heart failure at his home in New York on 8th January He was 90. To find out more, please get in touch with us For general enquiries and for information about Michel Thomas: Call: Fax: To place an order: Call: Fax: You can write to us at: Hodder Education, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH Visit our forum at: Unauthorized copying of this booklet or the accompanying audio material is prohibited, and may amount to a criminal offence punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. First published in UK 2000 by Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH. Copyright 2000 Thomas Keymaster Languages LLC All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or under licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency Limited. Further details of such licences (for reprographic reproduction) may be obtained from the Copyright Licensing Agency Limited, Saffron House, 6 10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS, UK. Cover image: Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images Typeset by Transet Limited, Coventry, England. Printed in Great Britain Impression Year ISBNs
3 Introduction Anyone can learn a language with Michel Thomas! The amazing teaching method of the world s greatest language teacher, Michel Thomas, is now available to everyone, not just the rich and famous. These all-audio courses, published by Hodder Education, provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary. And they promise a remarkable educational experience that will make your learning both exciting and pleasurable. No books, no pens, no homework, no memorizing just sit back and let the most sought-after language teacher in the world be your guide. In a matter of hours, you will find yourself speaking and thinking in your new language quite naturally and effortlessly. Photo by Robert Milazzo
4 4 What is the Michel Thomas method? Over a period of twenty-five years, Michel Thomas developed and perfected a unique method of teaching languages*. His approach gives startling results within a remarkably short time, all without the need for books, memorizing, or homework. In essence, Michel Thomas breaks a language down to its component parts and enables learners to reconstruct the language themselves to form their own sentences, to say what they want, when they want. The experience of learning a language becomes so exciting and satisfying that it stimulates self-motivation and builds confidence. Michel Thomas presents the language within simple, elegant structures that echo the way the language is spoken. He achieves this by guiding you through carefully planned sets of exercises that build up your understanding of the language almost without you realizing it. You are able to absorb the structures effortlessly and apply them naturally right from the start. What does the Introductory (2-hour) course contain? In his specially developed course you hear the voice of Michel Thomas as he leads a class of two students. These students are novices who have little or no knowledge of the language they are being taught. Their responses to Michel Thomas are not scripted and they have received no additional instruction or preparation just the guidance from Michel Thomas that you hear. You participate in this class actively and learn along with the students. This radically different approach means that you will learn a language in real-time conditions, that is in the same way that the students on the recording learn. There is no need to stop the recording to do homework, additional exercises, or vocabulary memorization. Therefore, unlike other learning methods you may have encountered, you will not be set unrealistic or unachievable goals. The success of the Michel Thomas method is proven by the very results that you hear from the students on the recording and, at the same time, from you as you make your own responses! *U.S. patent 6,565,358
5 HOW IS THE INTRODUCTORY (2-hour) COURSE BEST USED? Relax! Make yourself comfortable before playing the recording and try to let go of the tensions and anxieties traditionally associated with learning. Do not write or take any notes. Remove notebooks, pens, dictionaries and anything else associated with learning at school. Do not try to remember. While participating in the recording and afterwards, it is important that you do not try to memorize specific words or expressions. It is a basic principle of the Michel Thomas method that the responsibility for the student s learning lies with the teacher. With Michel Thomas as your teacher, your learning will be based on understanding, and what you understand you don t forget. Interact fully with the recordings. Use the pause button and respond out loud (or in a whisper, or in your head, if you are in a public place) before the students responses. This is essential. You do not learn by repetition but by thinking out the answers to each question; it is by your own thought process that you truly learn. Give yourself time to think. The students on the recordings had all the time they needed to think out their responses. On the recordings their thinking time has been cut in order to make full use of the recording time and to give you all the time you may need (by pushing your pause button). The pause button is the key to your learning! Start at the beginning of the course. Whatever your existing knowledge of the language you are learning, it is important that you follow the way that Michel builds up your knowledge of the language. Do not get annoyed with yourself if you make a mistake. Mistakes are part of the learning process; as long as you understand why you made the mistake and you have the ahaa reaction yes, of course, I understand now you are doing fine. If you made a mistake and you do not understand why, you may have been daydreaming for a few seconds. The course is structured so that you cannot go on unless you fully understand everything, so just go back a little and you will pick up where you left off. Stop the recording whenever it suits you. You will notice that this course is not divided into lessons*; you will always be able to pick up from where you left off, without the need to review. 5 *Tracking breaks in the recordings reflect the numbering in the index. These breaks are added purely to help you locate where you left off, and do not represent any sort of hierarchy in Michel s method.
6 6 What level of language will I achieve? The Introductory course comprises the first two hours of the Foundation (8-hour) course. Both courses are designed for complete beginners. They make no assumption of a knowledge of any language other than English. They will give the beginner a practical and functional use of the spoken language. They are also appropriate for anyone who has studied a language before, but has forgotten much of it or does not have confidence in speaking. The Advanced Course follows on from the Foundation Course and expands on structures touched on in the earlier course to improve your understanding and mastery of complex language. The Michel Thomas Method teaches the 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 naturally. You will absorb the vocabulary and grammatical structures and, in addition, will be introduced to elements of writing and reading. How quickly can I learn with the Michel Thomas Method? One of the most remarkable features of the Michel Thomas Method is the speed with which results are achieved. A knowledge of the language that will take months of conventional study can be achieved in a matter of hours with the Michel Thomas Method. Michel masterfully guides the student through an instructional process at a very rapid rate yet the process will appear informal, relaxed and unhurried. Michel moves quickly between numerous practice sessions, which all build the learners confidence in their ability to communicate in complex ways. Because the Michel Thomas Method is based on understanding, not memorization, there is no set limit to the length of time that you should study the course. It offers immersion without strain or stress, and you will find the recordings are not divided into lessons, though the material has been indexed for your convenience. This means that you can stop and start as you please. The excitement of learning will motivate you to continue listening and learning for as long a time as is practical for you. This will enable you to make progress faster than you ever imagined possible.
7 Who is the Michel Thomas Method for? Anyone can learn a language with the Michel Thomas Method and the wide diversity of his students proves this. Not only did Michel instruct the rich and famous, but he also taught many so-called hopeless cases. For example, in 1997, Michel taught French to a group of sixteen-year-olds in north London who had been told they could never learn a language, and gave them the ability to use the new language far beyond their expectations in just a week. Perhaps more importantly, he gave them the confidence to speak and a belief in, and the experience of, their own ability to learn. Whatever your motivation for learning a language, the Michel Thomas Method quite simply offers the most effective method that is available. 7 What can I do next? Try to speak with native speakers whenever possible, as this is invaluable for improving your fluency. Television and radio programmes via satellite podcasts, newspapers and magazines (print or on-line) (especially those which feature interviews) will give you practice in the most current and idiomatic language. Expose yourself to the language whenever you can you will have firm foundations on which to build. The Michel Thomas Foundation and Advanced courses follow on from the Introductory course. As in the Introductory course, Michel leads a class of two students. The Michel Thomas Language Builders take the form of a one-to-one lecture with Michel Thomas, building on the words and phrases in his Foundation and Advanced courses. The courses provide confidence in pronunciation, increase your word-power and consolidate your knowledge in just two hours. The much-anticipated Vocabulary courses carry forward the Michel Thomas teaching tradition and faithfully follow his unique approach to foreign language learning. The series editor is Dr Rose Lee Hayden, Michel s most experienced and trusted teacher. The courses remain faithful to the method Michel Thomas uses in his earlier courses, with the all-audio and building-block approach. The presenter builds on Michel s foundations to
8 8 encourage the student at home to tap into the vast resources of vocabulary common to English and the foreign languages taught here. The student takes part in the audio, following prompts by the presenter, as in Michel Thomas original Foundation and Advanced courses. The teaching is all in English, with the addition of two native speakers to give models for perfect pronunciation and to increase the opportunity for practice. See the end of the booklet for details about all these courses. So, who was Michel Thomas? Michel Thomas was head of the Michel Thomas Language Centers and taught languages for over fifty years, primarily in New York, Beverly Hills, and London. He was a graduate of the Department of Philology at the University of Bordeaux, France, and studied psychology at the Sorbonne (Paris) and at the University of Vienna. However, it was his remarkable life experiences that fuelled his passion for teaching languages. Michel spent most of his childhood in Germany and France. With the rise of Hitler, he began his years of escape and resistance. He spent two brutal years in French concentration and slave labour camps, constantly threatened by deportation to German death camps. He escaped and fought for the French Resistance, surviving capture and interrogation by Klaus Barbie the Butcher of Lyons and torture by the Gestapo. His mastery of languages enabled him to adopt many identities (the last one being Michel Thomas ), and, once France was liberated, allowed him to join the US Army as an intelligence officer. His unit went on to liberate Dachau, where he interrogated the camp executioner and interviewed survivors. As well as recording the horrors of the Holocaust, he was driven by a personal mission to discover the fate of his own family (he later discovered that they had all perished in Auschwitz). At the end of the war, he masterminded operations to uncover war criminals and infiltrate underground Nazi groups, and was renowned for his ability to extract confessions without ever recourse to violence. In 1944 Michel was nominated for the Silver Star medal for his service to the US Army s 45th
9 Michel in the uniform of an officer in the French Resistance Infantry Division in France. The award was finally presented to him in May 2004, sixty years later. Michel s wartime experiences, particularly his torture by the Gestapo when he discovered the ability to block out pain, made him aware of the untapped potential of the human mind. However, it was his deeply held conviction that the biggest weapon in maintaining a free society was education that drove him to devote his life to probing the learning process. Michel moved to Los Angeles in 1947, and he set up a language institute in Beverly Hills. Over a period of twenty-five years, he developed a unique and revolutionary learning system that has made him the world s leading language teacher. Now, for the first time, his method has been made widely available through the publication of these recordings. For a full account of his fascinating life, read The Test of Courage: Michel Thomas by Christopher Robbins, published by Hodder & Stoughton. 9 Michel with Grace Kelly Whom did Michel Thomas teach? People came from all over the world to learn a foreign language with Michel Thomas because his method works. His students, numbering in the thousands, included well-known people from the arts and from the corporate, political and academic worlds. For example, he taught French to filmstar Grace Kelly prior to her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Michel s list of clients included: Celebrities: Emma Thompson, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty, Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Bob Dylan, Jean Marsh, Donald
10 10 Sutherland, Mrs George Harrison, Anne Bancroft, Mel Brooks, Nastassja Kinski, Carl Reiner, Raquel Welch, Johnny Carson, Julie Andrews, Isabelle Adjani, Candice Bergen, Barbara Hershey, Priscilla Presley, Loretta Swit, Tony Curtis, Diana Ross, Herb Alpert, Angie Dickinson, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Janet Leigh, Natalie Wood, Jayne Mansfield, Ann-Margaret, Yves Montand, Kim Novak, Otto Preminger, Max von Sydow, Peter Sellers, François Truffaut, Sophia Coppola. Diplomats, dignitaries and academics: Former U.S. Ambassador to France, Walter Curley; U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Joseph V. Reed; Cardinal John O Connor, Archbishop of New York; Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia; Armand Hammer; Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; Professor Herbert Morris, Dean of Humanities at UCLA; Warren Keegan, Professor of Business at Pace University in New York; Professor Wesley Posvar, former President of the University of Pittsburgh. Executives from the following corporations: AT&T International, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, Merrill Lynch, New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Boeing Aircraft, General Electric, Westinghouse Electric, Bank of America, Max Factor, Rand Corporation, Bertelsmann Music Group-RCA, Veuve Clicquot Inc., McDonald s Corporation, Rover, British Aerospace.
11 Index 11 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 1 0:00 Introduction. How to use this course Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 2 0:00 good morning and welcome guten Morgen und willkommen 0:09 Similarities between German and English 0:48 to wish wünschen 0:50 welcome willkommen 0:53 good morning guten Morgen 0:59 to learn lernen 1:04 very quickly sehr schnell 1:09 Key to similar vocabulary. Consonant shifts that took place in the Middle Ages (d>t>th>s>z, b>p>ph>f>v>w, g>gh>c>ch>k>ck>y>g) 4:05 good gut 4:20 it is es ist 4:38 t verb ending for he/she/it 4:46 he goes er geht 4:58 it is good es ist gut 5:40 Pronunciation of u in German is like oo in English. 6:06 what was 6:43 water Wasser Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 3 0:00 The to form of the verb, the infinitive, always ends in n, usually en, in German. 0:10 to drink trinken 0:58 Do you want? Wollen Sie? 1:20 German w is pronounced like English v. 1:38 Will you Wollen Sie 1:45 What do you want? Was wollen Sie? 2:01 What do you want to drink? Was wollen Sie trinken? 2:14 to eat essen 2:33 What do you want to eat? Was wollen Sie essen?
12 12 2:45 to do tun 3:05 What do you want to do? Was wollen Sie tun? 3:19 to come kommen 3:34 Do you want to come? Wollen Sie kommen? 3:45 with me mit mir 4:02 Do you want to come with me? Wollen Sie mit mir kommen? 4:12 Whenever you have two verbs, the second verb comes at the end of the sentence and is always the to form of the verb. 5:02 today heute 5:21 Do you want to come with Wollen Sie heute mit mir kommen? me today? 5:46 evening Abend 6:08 good evening guten Abend 6:21 this evening heute Abend 6:36 Do you want to come with Wollen Sie heute Abend mit me this evening? mir kommen? 6:58 What do you want to eat? Was wollen Sie essen? 7:25 Wollen Sie means do you want, but it s also used for will you. 7:41 Will you come with me tonight. Wollen Sie heute Abend mit mir kommen. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 4 0:00 to be sein 0:09 when wann 0:26 When do you want to be here? Wann wollen Sie hier sein? 1:01 Do you want? Wollen Sie? 1:06 Will you Wollen Sie 1:10 Can you? Können Sie? 1:19 Pronunciation of ö 1:47 to come kommen 2:00 Can you come with me? Können Sie mit mir kommen? 2:18 Will you please come with me. Wollen Sie bitte mit mir kommen. 2:25 Do you want to come with me? Wollen Sie mit mir kommen? 2:30 The difference between do you want and will you, a question and a polite request. Use of rising intonation for questions 3:31 please bitte
13 3:45 When do you want to Wann wollen Sie mit mir kommen? come with me? 4:25 to see sehen 4:42 until I see you again / until auf Wiedersehen / I hear you again (good-bye) auf Wiederhören 5:16 to hear hören 13 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 5 0:00 When do you want to see it? Wann wollen Sie es sehen? 0:42 Can you see it? Können Sie es sehen? 0:58 I can ich kann 1:03 Pronunciation of ch 1:48 I want ich will 2:12 Do you want? Wollen Sie? 2:17 you want Sie wollen 2:30 if wenn 2:49 When do you want? Wann wollen Sie? 3:03 if you want wenn Sie wollen 3:33 we want wir wollen 3:44 For you and we you always use the whole verb form. 4:00 to come kommen 4:13 you are coming Sie kommen 4:20 we are coming wir kommen 4:30 Are you coming? Kommen Sie? 4:45 When are you coming? Wann kommen Sie? 4:50 When do you come? Wann kommen Sie? 5:08 I come / I am coming ich komme 5:26 soon bald 5:34 I m coming soon. Ich komme bald. 5:48 Do you want? Wollen Sie? 5:56 I want ich will 6:01 Can you? Können Sie? 6:46 Can you come with me? Können Sie mit mir kommen?
14 14 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 6 0:00 to stay bleiben 0:17 we are staying / we stay wir bleiben 0:25 How to express the present tense 2:35 We are staying here. Wir bleiben hier. 2:39 We are staying here today. Wir bleiben heute hier. 2:51 We are staying here this Wir bleiben heute Abend hier. evening (tonight). 3:12 you are staying Sie bleiben 3:18 Are you staying? / Do you stay? Bleiben Sie? 3:41 how wie 3:45 to go gehen 3:53 to see sehen 4:08 we are going wir gehen 4:13 you are going Sie gehen 4:17 Are you going? Gehen Sie? 4:20 I am going / I go ich gehe Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 7 0:02 I ich 0:13 not nicht 0:35 now jetzt 1:45 not now nicht jetzt 2:12 I want ich will 2:19 I want to see it. Ich will es sehen. 2:28 but aber 2:37 I want to see it but not now. Ich will es sehen aber nicht jetzt. 2:51 Can you see it? Können Sie es sehen? 3:05 I can see it. Ich kann es sehen. 3:47 I cannot see it. Ich kann es nicht sehen. 4:00 The pronoun (for example, es ) usually goes before nicht. 4:27 I cannot see you. Ich kann Sie nicht sehen.
15 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track :00 to understand verstehen 0:09 to stand stehen 0:40 we understand wir verstehen 0:53 We understand you. Wir verstehen Sie. 1:07 good / well gut 1:29 very good sehr gut 1:45 Pronunciation of long vowels, such as in sehr, das Meer, mehr 2:28 ocean das Meer 2:39 Mediterranean das Mittelmeer 3:06 more mehr 3:32 It is very good. Es ist sehr gut. 4:10 we understand wir verstehen 4:30 we don t understand wir verstehen nicht 4:53 We don t understand it. Wir verstehen es nicht. 5:05 We don t understand you. Wir verstehen Sie nicht. 5:50 We don t understand you Wir verstehen Sie nicht sehr gut. very well. 6:41 Do you understand? Verstehen Sie? 7:01 Do you understand it? Verstehen Sie es? 7:10 Do you understand me? Verstehen Sie mich? 7:38 Don t you understand me? Verstehen Sie mich nicht? Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 9 0:00 Can you understand me? Können Sie mich verstehen? 0:06 Can is a handle. It is always followed by another verb and that verb comes at the end of the sentence. 0:35 I can ich kann 0:44 I cannot ich kann nicht 1:01 I cannot understand you. Ich kann Sie nicht verstehen. 1:18 I m sorry. Es tut mir Leid. 2:43 I m sorry but... Es tut mir Leid, aber... 3:00 I m sorry but I cannot Es tut mir Leid, aber ich kann understand you. Sie nicht verstehen.
16 16 4:16 to stay bleiben 4:23 we are staying wir bleiben 4:28 we are not staying wir bleiben nicht 4:45 long (time) lange 4:56 We cannot stay here long. Wir können nicht hier lange bleiben. 5:51 how long wie lange 5:56 How long can you stay here? Wie lange können Sie hier bleiben? 6:13 I must ich muss 6:24 I must see it. Ich muss es sehen. 6:40 I must stay here... Ich muss hier bleiben... 6:46... but I cannot stay here long.... aber ich kann nicht lange hier bleiben. 7:11 I must go soon. Ich muss bald gehen. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 1 Track 10 0:00 There are two words for me. If to me is implied, then the German is mir. If not, then it is mich. 0:25 Do you understand me? Verstehen Sie mich? 1:05 Similarities between German and Anglo-Saxon words in English. You may guess vocabulary but not structure. 2:31 I m sorry but I cannot find it. Es tut mir Leid, aber ich kann es nicht finden. 3:42 I know ich weiß 3:49 I know it. Ich weiß es. 3:54 I don t know it. Ich weiß es nicht. 4:03 where wo 4:10 I don t know where it is. Ich weiß nicht wo es ist. 4:26 I cannot find it. Ich kann es nicht finden. 4:47 I m sorry but I don t know Es tut mir Leid, aber ich weiß where it is. I cannot find it. nicht wo es ist. Ich kann es nicht finden. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 1 0:34 I understand ich verstehe 0:44 I understand you very well. Ich verstehe Sie sehr gut.
17 1:04 I don t understand you Ich verstehe Sie nicht sehr gut. very well. 1:19 I cannot understand you Ich kann Sie nicht sehr gut very well. verstehen. 1:47 If you use kann or können, the verb that follows goes at the end of the sentence. 2:05 Do you understand me? Verstehen Sie mich? 2:30 Will you bring it to me. Wollen Sie es mir bringen. 2:55 Can you bring it to me today? Können Sie es mir heute bringen? 3:29 to have haben 3:52 we have wir haben 4:00 We have it. Wir haben es. 4:05 We don t have it. Wir haben es nicht. 4:16 Do you have? Haben Sie? 4:21 Do you have it? Haben Sie es? 4:25 why warum 4:38 Why don t you have it? Warum haben Sie es nicht? 17 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 2 0:05 for me für mich 0:22 Can you come with me? Können Sie mit mir kommen? 0:32 Do you have it for me? Haben Sie es für mich? 0:51 What do you have for me? Was haben Sie für mich? 1:12 How to pronounce ü 1:44 It is for me. Es ist für mich. 1:58 Can you understand me? Können Sie mich verstehen? 3:02 Why can t you understand me? Warum können Sie mich nicht verstehen? 4:25 something etwas 4:41 Can you bring me Können Sie mir etwas jetzt something now? bringen? 5:39 What can you bring me (now)? Was können Sie mir (jetzt) bringen? 6:11 Why can you not bring it Warum können Sie es mir jetzt to me now? nicht bringen?
18 18 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 3 0:25 Why don t you have it for me? Warum haben Sie es nicht für mich? 1:17 I must have it. Ich muss es haben. 1:48 unfortunately leider 2:47 I m sorry but I don t have Es tut mir Leid, aber ich habe es it for you now. jetzt nicht für Sie. 3:59 You is Sie, but if it implies to you then it is Ihnen. You is always written with a capital letter. 4:34 I cannot bring it to you now. Ich kann nicht es Ihnen jetzt bringen. 4:56 For in the sense of because is denn. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 4 0:00 What do you have for me? Was haben Sie für mich? 0:18 What can you bring me? Was können Sie mir bringen? 1:01 for you für Sie 1:07 with you mit Ihnen 1:41 I cannot bring it to you Ich kann es Ihnen nicht heute today because I don t have it bringen, denn ich habe es nicht. (for I don t have it). 2:58 I must have it. Ich muss es haben. 4:48 to be able können 5:28 The handles : to have to, to be able to, to want 5:52 to have to müssen 6:36 we have to wir müssen 6:41 you have to Sie müssen 6:45 You have to come with me. Sie müssen mit mir kommen. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 5 0:00 to give geben 0:15 we give wir geben 0:18 you give Sie geben 0:23 I am giving ich gebe 0:32 I am giving it to you. Ich gebe es Ihnen. 1:11 But I cannot give it to you today Aber ich kann es Ihnen nicht heute geben, because I don t have it. denn ich habe es nicht.
19 2:28 When do you want to have it? Wann wollen Sie es haben? 2:40 When can you have it? Wann können Sie es haben? 3:02 When can you have it for me? Wann können Sie es für mich haben? 3:59 Two ways to pronounce ch 5:00 also auch 5:05 me too / I also ich auch 5:12 I don t smoke. Ich rauche nicht. 5:23 to need brauchen 5:42 I need it. Ich brauche es. 5:54 I don t need it. Ich brauche es nicht. 6:04 I don t need it now. Ich brauche es jetzt nicht. 6:27 Do you need it? Brauchen Sie es? 6:37 When do you need it? Wann brauchen Sie es? 6:50 When do you want to have it? Wann wollen Sie es haben? 8:10 I can bring it to you today. Ich kann es Ihnen heute bringen. 19 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 6 0:00 I want to have it. Ich will es haben. 0:25 How to express the future tense 0:47 We will have it. Wir werden es haben. 1:07 You will have it. Sie werden es haben. 1:16 When will you have it for me? Wann werden Sie es für mich haben? 1:57 I will have it for you today. Ich werde es für Sie heute haben. 2:52 I will have it today. Ich werde es heute haben. 3:07 I will see it tonight. Ich werde es heute Abend sehen. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 7 0:00 I will bring it to you. Ich werde es Ihnen bringen. 0:31 When can you bring it to me? Wann können Sie es mir bringen? 0:52 When do you want to Wann wollen Sie es mir bringen? bring it to me? 1:06 When will you bring it to me? Wann werden Sie es mir bringen? 0:50 When can you bring it to me? Wann können Sie es mir bringen? Because I need it today. Denn ich brauche es heute. 3:03 When do you need it? Wann brauchen Sie es?
20 20 3:14 When do you want to have it? Wann wollen Sie es haben? 3:35 I want to have it today Ich will es heute haben, denn because I need it. ich brauche es. Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 8 0:00 at what time um wie viel Uhr 0:29 At what time do you want Um wie viel Uhr wollen to have it? Sie es haben? 1:00 At what time can you be Um wie viel Uhr können here tonight? Sie heute Abend hier sein? 1:55 At what time do you want Um wie viel Uhr wollen to be here? Sie hier sein? 2:27 At what time can you be Um wie viel Uhr können here today? Sie heute hier sein? 2:44 At what time will you be here? Um wie viel Uhr werden Sie hier sein? Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track 9 0:05 to arrive ankommen 0:31 At what time will you Um wie viel Uhr werden arrive tomorrow? Sie morgen ankommen? 1:15 At what time can you be Um wie viel Uhr können here tomorrow? Sie morgen hier sein? 1:55 How long can you stay Wie lange können Sie heute here today? hier bleiben? 2:33 How long will you stay here? Wie lange werden Sie hier bleiben? 2:58 Whenever you start a sentence with Will you... in English, then it is a polite request and not the future. In German, polite requests are expressed with Wollen Sie.... All other uses of will in English, such as When will you..., express the future tense and are translated with werden. 3:39 to wait warten 5:03 Will you please do it for me. Wollen Sie es bitte für mich tun. 5:29 When will you do it for me? Wann werden Sie es für mich tun? 6:08 Will you please stay here Wollen Sie bitte mit mir hier bleiben. with me. 6:57 How long will you stay here? Wie lange werden Sie hier bleiben?
21 Introductory (2-hour) course: CD 2 Track :00 to say / to tell sagen 0:45 Will you tell me. Wollen Sie mir sagen. 1:06 When will you tell me? Wann werden Sie mir sagen? 1:37 Will you tell me where it is Wollen Sie mir sagen wo es ist, because I cannot find it. denn ich kann es nicht finden. 2:24 I know ich weiß 2:37 I don t know ich weiß nicht 2:47 I m sorry but I don t know Es tut mir Leid, aber ich weiß where it is. I cannot find it. nicht wo es ist. Ich kann es nicht finden.
23 Your guide to the Michel Thomas Method courses No books No writing Just confidence 23 Introductory course (2 CDs) First 2 hours of the Foundation course A taster of the Michel Thomas Method Foundation course (8 CDs) 8-hour course for beginners Track listing French, German, Italian, Spanish Language Builders (2 CDs) Increase word power and learn colloquial phrases Track listing Advanced course (4 CDs) 5-hour follow-on to Foundation course Track listing French, German, Italian, Spanish New languages Vocabulary course (5 CDs) Vocabulary course (4 CDs) Learn 1,000 words painlessly Learn hundreds of words in 6 hours painlessly in 5 hours Track listing Track listing
24 24 The Michel Thomas Method product range Introductory course (2 CDs*) Arabic ISBN: Dutch ISBN: French ISBN: German ISBN: Italian ISBN: Japanese ISBN: Mandarin ISBN: Polish ISBN: Portuguese ISBN: Russian ISBN: Spanish ISBN: *These are the first 2 hours of the Foundation course. Foundation course (8 CDs) 70 Arabic ISBN: Dutch ISBN: French ISBN: German ISBN: Italian ISBN: Japanese ISBN: Mandarin ISBN: Polish ISBN: Portuguese ISBN: Russian ISBN: Spanish ISBN: Advanced course (4 CDs) 50 Arabic ISBN: Dutch ISBN: French ISBN: German ISBN: Italian ISBN: Japanese ISBN: Mandarin ISBN: Polish ISBN: Portuguese ISBN: Russian ISBN: Spanish ISBN:
25 The Language Builders take the form of a one-to-one lecture with Michel Thomas, building on the words and phrases in the Foundation and Advanced courses. The courses provide confidence in pronunciation, increase your word-power and consolidate your knowledge in just two hours. 25 Language Builders (2 CDs) 20 French ISBN: German ISBN: Italian ISBN: Spanish ISBN: The Vocabulary courses carry forward the Michel Thomas Method teaching tradition and faithfully follow this unique approach to foreign language learning, with the all-audio and building-block approach. Vocabulary courses: French, German, Italian, Spanish (5 CDs) 30 French ISBN: German ISBN: Italian ISBN: Spanish ISBN: Vocabulary courses: new languages (4 CDs) 40 Arabic ISBN: Mandarin ISBN: Russian ISBN: Background reading The Test of Courage is Michel Thomas s thrilling biography. Written by acclaimed journalist Christopher Robbins, it tells the story of the world s greatest language teacher and of how his experience at the hands of the Gestapo fuelled his passion for language teaching. ISBN: ; paperback; 9.99 In The Learning Revolution renowned instructional psychologist Dr Jonathan Solity draws on professional experience and lengthy discussions with Michel Thomas to explain how and why the Michel Thomas Method of language teaching works where so many others fail. ISBN: ; hardback; 19.99
26 26 These Michel Thomas Method products are available from all good bookshops and online booksellers. To find out more, please get in touch with us For general enquiries and for information about the Michel Thomas Method: Call: Fax: To place an order: Call: Fax: You can write to us at: Hodder Education, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH Visit our forum at:
27 Download and learn a new language anywhere Now you can download the Michel Thomas Method language courses straight to your PC or Mac. Add them to your personal audio player and take them anywhere. They work with all models of ipod, Creative, Palm, other players, smartphones and other mobile phones: over 500 devices in all. Listen as you travel, while you drive, or any time your ears are free but your hands are busy. Four easy steps to download your Michel Thomas Course: 1. Browse by language or skill set and find your course 2. Add to the shopping cart, register and purchase 3. Install our quick and easy software 4. Download and learn Your purchase is quick and secure, guaranteed by Audible, the Internet s largest provider of digital spoken-word audio. For more information, visit 27
29 29 THE TEST OF COURAGE EAN: paperback Michel Thomas remarkable life-story, told by Christopher Robbins As much a thriller as a biography Emma Thompson One of the bravest men you will ever read about John le Carré Intriguing biography a vivid, life-affirming narrative that exerts considerable power THE TIMES This book is a right riveting read SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
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32 Press reviews for Michel Thomas Language Courses The Times the nearest thing to painless learning The Daily Telegraph works like a dream Sunday Business ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently Time Out five minutes into the first CD, you already feel like you re winning Red Hugely inspiring Daily Star Michel s methods will teach you effectively and easily The Daily Telegraph a great way to learn; it s fast and it lasts
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