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Insider's Spanish: Intermediate Conversation Course (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

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By Virginia Catmur and Jennifer Stanley-Smith

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The revolutionary Michel Thomas Method has helped over 5 million people learn a language. Now available as an ebook with integrated audio, this Michel Thomas 'Phase 2' course is ideal for intermediate learners looking to improve their conversational Spanish, grammar and vocabulary in authentic contexts.

Do you want to be able to express yourself in Spanish with confidence and fluency?

Insider's Spanish offers a local perspective on Spanish culture, opinions and language use so that you can speak confidently on today's most important and relevant topics.

This intermediate Spanish conversation course, devised for all intermediate-level learners or those following on from Total or Perfect Spanish, will advance your overall fluency, listening comprehension and conversation skills, expand your vocabulary and improve your grammar.

Through authentic, lively conversations around engaging topics, and the unique Michel Thomas Method for learning, this course focuses on the colloquial language and conversation strategies used by native Spanish speakers so that you can fit in and communicate more naturally.

Michel Thomas, the preeminent language teacher, always said that learners start by mastering basic linguist structures (as in his Total and Perfect courses), which provide the bare walls of the house, but that that it was up to us, the learner, to decorate it in our own personal way. Insider's Spanish reflects Michel Thomas's 'Phase 2' courses that he and his team offered at his New York language school, allowing increased vocabulary, improved speaking, comprehension and reading and writing skills - the tools with which to decorate their houses.

Insider's Spanish includes:
· Twenty authentic conversations around a comprehensive range of subjects that reflect contemporary Spanish culture
· Language plus: conversation strategies, pronunciation and intonation to help learners express themselves naturally
· Listening and speaking practice to help learners progress to the next level
· Cultural insights into the unspoken rules of the language

This ebook includes 10 chapters with integrated audio conversations.

Why is the Michel Thomas Method so successful?
The Michel Thomas Method draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised for the student so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method deconstructs the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that the learner creates his/her response and moves on to ever-more-complex sentences.

Michel said: I will dissect everything into small parts and reassemble it in such a way that one will understand everything step by step.

He was also very clear about his ground rules: no memorisation, no drills, no homework; relax and leave off the anxiety normally associated with language learning.

Biographical Notes

Virginia Catmur and Jennifer Stanley-Smith are the authors of this course. Virginia studied languages at the universities of Oxford and Lisbon. As Languages Editor at Hodder, she worked in the studio with Michel Thomas during the recording of his Advanced courses in 2004 and was responsible for their audio editing. She has since developed courses in new languages using the Michel Thomas Method. Jennifer is a freelance translator, writer and editor. She lived in Valencia for a year and earned the top-level DELE (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language, C2) before graduating from Bristol University with a BSc in Economics. She received her Diploma in Spanish to English Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists (DipTransIoLET) in 2014.

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Authors:
Elizabeth Scurfield, Song Lianyi

Do you want a solid foundation to your Mandarin Chinese studies?If you are looking for a solid foundation to your language studies for school, work or travel, this engaging course will get you speaking, writing, reading and understanding Mandarin Chinese in no time. Through authentic conversations, clear language presentations, and extensive practice and review, you will learn the Mandarin Chinese you need to communicate naturally in everyday situations - from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family.What will I learn?Basic Mandarin Chinese is slowly and carefully introduced to ensure you progress confidently through the course and build up a foundation to allow you to feel confident in everyday situations and move to the next level of your learning. It teaches grammar, vocabulary and listening, reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation skills. By the end of the course you will reach a solid Novice High proficiency level of ACTFL (The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and A2 Beginner level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. Is this course for me?Get Started in Mandarin Chinese is for absolute and false beginners of Mandarin Chinese. Clear and simple explanations make the course appropriate and accessible to anyone learning Mandarin Chinese. There are extensive illustrations to support the learner working on his or her own. This course is also ideal to use with one-to-one tutoring and as a classroom course.What do I get? This book has a learner-centred approach that incorporates the following features:- 10 units of learning content - covering everyday topics from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family- Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns yourself to make the language stick- Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims- Vocabulary building - thematic lists and activities to help you learn vocabulary quickly- Test yourself - see and track your own progress- Native speaker audio - available online- Free, downloadable audio transcripts and vocabulary and language reference listsThe audio for this course is available for free on library.teachyourself.com or from the Teach Yourself Library app. Where do I go next?If you want to advance your Mandarin Chinese, our Complete Mandarin Chinese course (9781444199376) will take you to an intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese.If you want to practice your speaking and listening skills, Get Talking and Keep Talking Mandarin Chinese (9781444185416) is the perfect audio course. Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years