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Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and was the world's most sought-after language teacher.
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Similarities with English; -ible, -able endings the same; 'es posible' (it is possible) 'para mi' (for me); 'no es posible para mi' (it is not possible for me); 'para usted' (for you) "por que?' (why?); 'asi' (that way); 'lo siento' (it I feel = I feel it = I'm sorry); -o at end of verb espresses 'I'; 'yo' (I) used for emphasis only; 'pero' (but) -ante, -ente endings in Spanish = -ant, -ent endings in English; 'muy, bueno' (very, good); 'tengo, quiero' (I have, I want); 'tiene' (you have) "que?' (what?); 'porque' (because); 'saber' (to know); 'puedo, puede' (I can, you can); 'hacer, comer' (to do, to eat) 'algo' (something); 'tengo hambre' (I have hunger = I am hungry); -ario ending in Spanish = -ary ending in English; 'y' (and); 'ver, verlo' (to see, to see it) -ancia, -encia endings in Spanish = -ance, -ence endings in English; 'la, una' (the, a); 'esta noche' (tonight); "donde?' (where?); 'cena, cenar' (dinner, to dine) -cion ending in Spanish = -tion ending in English; 'de' (of); "que tipo?' (what type?); 'por favor' (please); 'hoy' (today) 'dar' (to give); verbs from English -ation nouns: transformation = transformacion = to transform = transformar; stress in Spanish words; infinitive in Spanish ends in -r; three types of verbs; 'verle, verlos, verme' (to see him, to see them, to see m 'comprender, decir' (to understand, to say); 'tener, tener que' (to have, to have to); 'salir' (to leave); 'pronto' (soon); "cuando' (when?) -ico ending in Spanish = -ical ending in English; "cuanto?' ('how much'); 'estoy, esta, estar, esta' (I am, you are, to be, this); "como?' (how?); 'voy, voy a' (I'm going, I'm going to); 'tarde, mas o menos' (late, more or 'no voy a hacerlo porque voy a estar muy ocupado hoy' (I'm not going to do it because I'm going to be very busy today); 'voy a llamarle mas tarde' (I'm going to call you later); "a que hora?' (at what time?); 'va, va a' (you are going, you 'estar, ser' (to be: temporarily, permanently): 'estoy/soy' (I am); 'se, no se' (I know, I don't know); revision of three verb groups; nouns, adjectives and verbs; 'venir' (to come) 'con, conmigo, con el, con ella' (with, with me, with him, with her); 'ir, voy, va' (to go, I'm going, you're going); 'comprar, encontrar' (to buy, to find); stress in present tense; 'vender, comprender, escribir' (to sell, to understand, to write) 'me gusta, me gusta escribir' (I like, I like to write); "Sabe donde esta?' (Do you know where it is?); "Por que no lo sabe?' (Why do you not know it?); present continuous tense in Spanish: "que esta haciendo?'(w 'lo que' (that which = what): 'no comprendo lo que dice' (I don't understand what you are saying); 'quiere decir' (you want to say = you mean): 'no comprendo lo que quiere decir' (I don't understand what you mean; three verb types: endings for 'he/she/it/ 'hablar' (to speak); 'lo hacen' (they do it/are doing it); 'tu' (you); giving orders (imperative): 'habla - !hable!' (you speak - speak!); 'este, esta, ese, esa, esto, eso' (this, that): 'este/ese libro' (this/that book), 'esta/esa mesa' (this/t 'lo, la, los, las' (it, those): 'el lo/la compra; el los/las compra' (he is buying it; he is buying them); negative orders: '!no lo compre!' (don't buy it!); 'contigo' (with you); -mos ending for 'we': 'hablamos, comemos, salimos' (we speak 'llegar' (to arrive); 'go-go' verbs: 'tengo, vengo, salgo' (I have, I come, I leave); 'go-go' verbs become 'ga-ga' in the imperative: '!venga conmigo!' (come with me!); 'llamar' (to call); 'e to ie' verbs: 'tener - tiene' (to have - you have); 'comen 'o to ue' verbs: 'poder - puedo' (to be able to - I am able to = can); 'encontrar, recordar, volver; (to find, to remember, to return); 'nos, se': 'nos levantamos, se levanta' (we get [ourselves] up, you get [yourself] up); 'hay' (there is/are); 'ver' (to -remos = future ending = 'we will': 'esperaremos' (we will wait); three ways to form future; -ra, -ran, -ras = future endings = you/he/she/it will, you/they will, you will; 'ser, sera' (to be, it will be); 'go-go' verbs add 'd' for fut 'decir - digo - dire' (to say/tell, I say/tell, I will say/tell); 'hacer - hago - hare' (to do/make, I do/make, I will do/make); -ria ending = would: 'sera necesario - seria necesario; lo hare - lo haria' (it will be nec forming the past: -ar verbs - -ado; -er/-ir verbs - -ido; 'he, hemos, ha, han, has' (I have, we have, you/he/she/it has, you have - when forming past tense); 'he comprado algo; lo hemos comprado' (I have bought something; we have bought it); 'hacer - lo h -ing present: 'estoy esperando; lo estoy haciendo' (I am waiting; I am doing/making it); -ing past: -aba for -ar verbs; -ia for -er/-ir verbs: 'esperaba, salia, lo hacia' (I was waiting, I was leaving, I was making/doing it); 'esta hec 'acabo de salir' (I have just left); 'hace': 'hace diez minutos' (ten minutes ago);
Series: Michel Thomas Method Series
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 7th February 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Unabridged