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release date: May 30, 2014
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Total French Foundation Course: Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method
Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking a new language in a matter of hours? The acclaimed audio-led Michel Thomas Method Total French course, endorsed by celebrities, executives and learners worldwide, will deliver the results you want.

How does it work?
During the course, you will join Michel and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class. Within the very first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You learn through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.

Why is the method so successful?
The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly.

What's in the Course?
Total French with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to 8 hours of audio on CD and a practice CD-ROM with interactive activities and assessment which should be done after the course and as a means of review.
*Note that the content is the same as the previously entitled Foundation course, but with the addition of a CD-ROM.

Learn anywhere
Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

Where do I go next?
Perfect French follows on from the Total course with 10 hours of audio and a practice CD-ROM.
release date: Apr 01, 2005
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Roger Love's Vocal Power: Speaking with Authority, Clarity and Conviction (Your Coach In A box)
"The opportunity to learn from a truly amazing master," raves Anthony Robbins.

"Voice Coach of the Stars" Roger Love has helped Anthony Robbins, Suze Orman, and other bestselling authors become the most sought-after speakers in their field. Now you can benefit from the life-changing techniques he has taught to entertainment, media and business celebrities in VOCAL POWER.

Change how other perceive you... and how you perceive yourself!

Presence, charisma and star quality directly impact your listener's state of mind, Love explains. Presenting insights and exercises that will help you transform your voice and overall demeanor in the privacy of your own home, Roger Love reached you how to:
  • Overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Focus your voice, mind and body to create star presence
  • Master the power of your breathing to communicate with authority and conviction
  • Re-direct any negative inner dialogue into positive thoughts
  • Care for and feed your voice
  • Maintain excellent posture, gesture correctly, and make a more memorable connection with any audience
Communicate your charisma... say it with VOCAL POWER
release date: Dec 01, 2011
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Frys English Delight: Series 4 (BBC Radio Production)
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programs, as heard on BBC Radio 4. The Mouth: Why is the human food processor and word processor in the same unit? Brevity: A celebration of the miniature in English. Persuasion: Lawyers, advertizers, salespeople, and market traders reflect on the way language can be used to change people's minds and behavior. Class: Are we still bovvered by the issue of class in the way we use language?
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release date: Jul 25, 2014
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Talk Italian: The Ideal Course for Absolute Beginners (Italian Edition)
Talk Italian has already inspired thousands of people to learn Italian from scratch and find the confidence to give it a go. Whether you're learning for business, travel or just for fun, its straightforward, step-by-step approach will ensure you're soon able to speak Italian in a range of everyday situations. With specially designed activities and clear, jargon-free grammar explanations you'll quickly develop your language skills and make genuine progress right from the start. Make real progress using the successful, proven Talk method. Develop your language skills with tips and strategies to help you learn. Practise and learn with interactive activities to support every topic. Also available as part of Talk Italian Complete ISBN 9781406679236, which combines the bestselling Talk Italian 1 (this pack of book and 2 x 60-minute CDs), Talk Italian 2 (book and 2 x 60-minute CDs) and Talk Italian Grammar (book). Other languages in the series: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish Inside this pack: 144-page, full-colour course book 2 x 60-minute audio CDs www.bbcactivelanguages.com
release date: May 24, 2005
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The Course of Human Events (Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities)
FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING
AUTHOR OF JOHN ADAMS

On May 15th, 2003 David McCullough presented The Course of Human Events as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.
In this short speech, this master historian tracks his fascination with all things historical to his early days in Pittsburgh where he "learned to love history by way of books" in bookshops and at the local library.
McCullough eloquently leads us through the founding fathers' attraction to history, letting us in on his composition of 1776 as well as the Pulitzer Prize winning John Adams. His obvious affection for history is inspiring, because it encompasses the whole reach of the human drama. In McCullough's able hands, history truly "is a larger way of looking at life."
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release date: Dec 31, 2003
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Improve Your American English Accent : Overcoming Major Obstacles to Understanding

Sound like a native English speaker in six easy lessons

Even though you know the vocabulary and the endless grammar rules, you still find it difficult to pronounce English words correctly. This struggle with your new language can make communicating with native English speakers a frustrating experience for both you and them. Now you can gain confidence in your English skills and speak like an American with this focused, nonintimidating program.

Improve Your American English Accent is an easy and enjoyable way to learn and master the most challenging American English speech characteristics, such as:

  • The most troublesome of sixteen American English vowel sounds
  • The duration of vowel sounds
  • Differences in stressed and unstressed syllables and words
  • How a sound is changed by the sounds that come before and after it
  • Stress in words and phrases and how it influences timing

The CDs present six 35-minute lessons, each one covering key obstacles faced by nonnative English speakers. Author Charlsie Childs is your own personal tutor, talking you through her proven methods for overcoming the tricks of English pronunciation. Accompanying the CDs is a booklet containing written pronunciation guidelines and transcriptions of the sounds, words, and sentences you encounter on the recording.

release date: Jul 23, 2004
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English Pronunciation Made Simple Audio CDs (4) (2nd Edition)
English Pronunciation Made Simple sets intermediate to advanced students on the road to clear, accurate pronunciation. Illustrations and a variety of activities make the book ideal for use in any course. English Pronunciation Made Simple includes separate sections on vowels; consonants; and stress, rhythm and intonation, breaking down the components of native-like pronunciation to assist students in mastering both individual sounds and patterns.
release date: Jan 10, 2017
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Set Your Voice Free: How to Get the Singing or Speaking Voice Your Want
The greatest vocal coach in the world will help you get the voice you want.

Every time we open our mouths, we have an effect on ourselves and the way others perceive us. The ability to speak clearly and confidently can make or break a presentation, an important meeting, or even a first date. Now, with the advent of Skype, YouTube, podcasting, Vine, and any number of reality talent competitions, your vocal presence has never been more necessary for success or more central to achieving your dreams.

Roger Love has over 30 years of experience as one of the world's leading authorities on voice. Making use of the innovative techniques that have worked wonders with his professional clients, Love distills the best of his teaching in SET YOUR VOICE FREE, and shares exercises that will help listeners bring emotion, range, and power to the way they speak.

This updated edition incorporates what he's learned in the last 15 years as the Internet and talent competitions have completely changed the role your voice plays in your life. These are the new essentials for sounding authentic, persuasive, distinctive, and real in a world that demands nothing less.
release date: Sep 01, 2000
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American Accent Training, 2nd Edition (Book + CD)
The second edition of the highly acclaimed American Accent Training, now on 5 audio CDs, is for foreign-born students and business people working, traveling or studying in the United States and Canada. Through extensive intonation and pronunciation exercises, students learn how to speak with a standard American Accent. At the same time, listening comprehension improves dramatically. Supplementary materials included detailed nationality guides for eight languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean), access to a comprehensive website, and referral to a qualified telephone analyst for an individual diagnostic speech analysis. Also included are colored markers for written exercises, and a mirror to practice accurate pronunciation.
release date: Sep 30, 2011
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Masterclass German (Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method)
The Method:

No books. No writing. No memorizing.

- Guaranteed success. Speak and understand perfectly
- Incredible progress. Get what you want, fast
- Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying


Stress-free audio learning
Michel Thomas teaches you through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. He builds it up, step by step, and you don't move on until you've absorbed and understood the previous point. And, as Michel Thomas said, 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' With parallels to the way you learned your own language, each language is learned in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization.


How it works:

- Listen: collect words effortlessly by listening
- Connect: create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together
- Speak: put the words back together to build sentences, naturally

Learn another language the way you learned your own
You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn German in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your German in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.

Learn Anywhere
Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.


What's in the Course?

Masterclass German with the Michel Thomas Method provides two hours of teaching over two CDs.


Learn new vocabulary, phrases, and expressions

In Masterclass German, Michel widens your vocabulary and teaches authentic phrases and expressions in a one-to-one seminar. The two-hour Masterclass enables you to express yourself more fully by teaching idiomatic phrases and language that will give you the edge when it comes to communicating.

Consolidate what you know and pick up new language-learning skills
Masterclass German consolidates everything you've learned in the Total and Perfect courses. Or if you're new to Michel Thomas, this course is ideal for brushing up your language skills. In only a matter of hours, he gives you a comprehensive grasp of the structure of the language, enabling you to communicate with confidence. The present, future, conditional and past tenses are covered, and you are taught to think about the ideas that you are trying to communicate, rather than to translate words slavishly. He points out the similarities of the vocabulary in English and German and gives you the tools to guess the words you do not know, or think you do not know.
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