Rosetta Stone Language Software

Michel Thomas Romance Language Course

Want to study foreign languages with a cranky Frenchman? Have we got a deal for you!

Seriously, Michel Thomas is a genuine polyglot, speaking English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. His language skills helped him survive the camps in World War II, when he spied for the French Resistance. In his courses, he teaches you to think about languages the same way he does, so that you can learn as well as he has.

In the basic lessons, Thomas leads a good student and a... not so good student... through some of the basics of the language. You follow along, an unseen third student. The good student helps you move forward, while the other student slows things down enough that you can keep up. When you're done you'll have learned to use the present tense, including many irregular verbs, with a very basic everyday vocabulary reinforced by words similar to English.

In this bigger set, you start with the first two CDs of the prior course (so don't buy them if you're planning on getting this). When you're done, you'll know most of the major tenses, moods, etc. and be able to talk about an awful lot. You won't be fluent, of course, but if you've got something to say about everyday life you'll probably be able to find the words.