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Michel Thomas Speak Spanish Vocabulary Builder: 5-CD Vocabulary Program

Michel Thomas Speak Spanish Vocabulary Builder: 5-CD Vocabulary Program
Author/Publisher: Michel Thomas
Emphasis: Vocabulary
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In just six hours, you can enrich your Spanish vocabulary with the Michel Thomas™ method

You already know and trust the Michel Thomas method™ for learning a new language--no books, no writing, no drills. And nothing to memorize--ever! Now the next generation of Michel Thomas-method teachers is ready to help you become confident in your new language.

In Michel Thomas Speak Spanish Vocabulary Builder, Rose Lee Hayden uses the foundation Michel Thomas created to enhance your Spanish vocabulary. You build on what you learned in previous courses by hearing correct pronunciations from two native speakers and get plenty of opportunities for practice. With Hayden’s direction--and Michel’s successful methodology--you can learn 1,000 Spanish words and phrases and feel even more comfortable communicating in your new language.

Includes five 70-minute audio CDs in a faux leather zippered case

About the Author

Rose Lee Hayden is Michel Thomas's most trusted and experienced teacher.

Over a period of twenty-five years Michel Thomas developed a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world's leading language teacher.

Product Details

  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071487980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071487986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Disappointing
This would be a very good vocab course if it weren't for the woman on the CD. Her Spanish accent (or lack thereof) is atrocious. She is not a very good example to follow, with her hard R's, and plosive dental consonants. She should have taken a diction class before recording these.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Michel Thomas Spanish Course, from Beginner through Advanced Vocabulary Builder
I am an American who learned German as a foreign language and then taught the language at university level for thirty years, so I know soemthing about language instruction. I also know French and have some experience with Italian and am now, in retirement, learning Spanish with the Michel Thomas method. The Thomas method goes directly to the essentials needed for communication, emphasizing similarities and differences between the "target language" and the learner's native tongue (in this case, English) and reinforcing structural points and vocabulary elements for retention. In contrast to other "teach yourself methods," Thomnas gives English cues to initiate resonse in the "target language," rather than giving phrases in the new language that the learner is asked to repeat. This is much more effective in encouraging recall than is the "parroting method," since the learner must retrieve the foreign words and phrases from memory from the cue in his/her own language. My only disappointment with the Course is that the American "director" of the Vocabulary Builder, while her tone is very friendly and encouraging to the student, has one "problem" in Spanish pronunciation, though this is partially compensated for by the two native speakers of Spanish, one from Latin America and one from Spain, who pronounce the Spanish words and phrases in turn. To be specific, the American doesn't seem to hear the difference between the English word "day," with its strong diphthong, and the Spanish "de." The same is true for the difference between the English word "say," and the Spanish "se." Aside from that, I recommend the course enthusiastically to anyone desiring a quick and direct path to spoken Spanish.

John Louis Miller


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Vocabulary Builder
I am still listening to the Spanish Vocabulary Builder CDs. The first CD is a little too easy and assumes a beginner level of Spanish vocabulary. The CDs are clear and easy to understand. I believe I will get a much stronger vocabulary as a result of listening to these CDs.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Serious About Learning Spanish?
This course is excellent. If used combination with other learning resources it really will improve your Spanish. Intellegently assembled, the quality of the content makes tolerating the constant references to Michel Thomas and the teacher's piercing Americam accent and non-existant Spanish accent well worth while. Native speakers are used both from Spain and South America as pronnounciations references. I love the anti George Bush Administration subtext. This set of Cd's is a must for anyone who has commuting time for audio work.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Don't waste your time or money on this
I have never been motivated to write a review on Amazon before, but I was so completely annoyed by this CD set that I took it out of my CD player after 20 minutes and am planning to give (or throw)the whole set away. There is a LOT of useless filler verbiage in this this CD set,and someone must have been paid for the number of times the words "Michel Thomas" were used in the script. It was annoying that the sentences the listener was supposed to think of how to say in Spanish were very long and usually pertained to a negative comment about something. However, the thing that I found most annoying was that every time the main speaker would have a native speaker say the long sentence, she would repeat it herself in her blatantly non-native accent, rather than having a native speaker repeat it. This is a torturous way to learn Spanish vocabulary. Even though I'm very motivated to learn Spanish, I can't handle this!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Very Good Vocabulary Builder
I recently took both the Michel Thomas Introductory and advanced Spanish courses and think they are the very best language learning tools available for self study.

The Vocabulary builder is an excellent way to add to your vocabulary and to review. The first 2 CDs build vocabulary by pointing out the thousands of words in Spanish that are similar or the same in English. The method is to show how to transform from English to Spanish so that you will be able to add words to your vocabulary by knowing how to transform the words from English.

The CDs refer to a user guide which includes an index to the CDs but none was included with my product. This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Don't know if this was an oversight or not but I would very much like to have the user guide if it is available.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Title Misleading
Michel Thomas does not speak Spanish in these CDs. A young woman does on his behalf. That's disappointing but, on the other hand, she does an excellent job and attempts (fairly successfully) to continue in his style. I am only midway through the second CD, so this may well be premature, but I would give her high marks. The approach, in the beginning, is to present transformations of English word-endings into their corresponding Spanish word-endings so that by mastering the transformation you automatically expand your vocabulary by the several words that fit into that class. There are two native speakers that give you good practice in hearing the sentences and phrases as spoken by them. She also repeats the phrases - happily because she is easier to understand. In conclusion, while I am disappointed in the absence of Michel Thomas, I'm still glad I bought the set and would recommend it.


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