Reviews: Michel Thomas Portuguese

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6 Reviews on “Reviews: Michel Thomas Portuguese”

  • Sue
    8 months ago

    This is definitely the best beginner course out there. As others have said it only teaches grammar but seeing as grammar is one of the hardest bits, it’s worth it.

    Everything is simplified and the teacher has lots of methods for making it stick. I can still remember the rhyme: “This and these both have T’s. For that and those out it goes.”

    I did find the female student made too many mistakes and it ended up confusing me. Would have been happy if there was just the male student.

  • Rob F.
    8 months ago

    This is without doubt the best beginner course that I came across. There’s a lot I don’t like about it, and a lot of places where it could be improved, and I wish it went to a move advanced level, but it was the only thing that got me learning Portuguese grammar.

  • Tom
    8 months ago

    This is a great review of the Michel Thomas Method for Portuguese. I had a lot of the same issues as the writer here. I felt like there was too much emphasis on memorizing everything and that the other student mistakes were damaging.

    The course doesn’t really teach vocabulary but I was picking that up naturally anyway. I also don’t think it covers listening very well, as most of what you’re hearing is spoken in English anyway.

    But it is a really great course. I’ve tried group classes and other Portuguese textbooks but this course was the best at explaining Portuguese grammar to me.

  • Max
    8 months ago

    First of all I should say that this is a fantastic course and it helped me get a basic level of Portuguese. I tried classes but this was much better.

    But there were a few things I didn’t like about it. Firstly why can’t I say eu, tu, ele, ela, etc. This does seem to be said in Portugal and it makes it easier to understand what’s being said.

    Secondly the accompanying book could be better. The Michel Thomas Method focuses on no memorization but in all honesty you do need to go over what youve learnt once you get to the more advanced lessons.

  • Cath
    8 months ago

    I don’t know where I would be without Virgina’s mnemonics and verb groupings (e.g. the sugo verbs). She really breaks Portuguese grammar down into a much more digestible form.

    There were things I didn’t like. The female student made a lot of mistakes which did confuse me and I found Virginia a bit patronising at times. Maybe that wasn’t on purpose.

    It’s a small price to pay for where it has taken me and I would happily recommend this course.

  • Lesley
    8 months ago

    I found the Michel Thomas way of learning by far the easiest one I had tried. Many repetitions of words and sentences makes it easier to remember. The lessons are short so you don’t get too bogged down with learning new things. Definitely recommend.

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