If you are into language learning, you may have heard of the Michel Thomas method. If you haven't, welcome to a great secret. Like anything, you will find people who hate this, and others who love it. I'm strictly in the love it camp.
Michel Thomas was a jewish guy from Poland, whose talent for language helped him to take on many identities during World War II. Later, he taught languages to many Hollywood A-listers including Emma Thompson, Sofia Loren and Woody Ellen.
Now, I'm only advocating original 4 Michel Thomas courses which he recorded himself. They are German, French, Spanish and Italian. The rest of the courses are part of Michel Thomas franchise created after his death. I haven't tried these personally, so I'm not sure if the quality is as good as the four originals.
I have tried his Spanish, Italian and German courses, and now Michel Thomas foundation course is my very first step while learning these languages. It is a method that is done strictly through audio lessons, does not require any note taking or memorising. As Michel Thomas says in the first track of the course, the responsibility to teach lies strictly with the teacher and not the student. His method is to build layers upon layers of structure so it gets embedded in your mind. With this course, you won't learn tons of vocabulary, but you will understand structure of the language, and basics of forming sentences. Vocabulary can be learned easily enough, this course teaches you how to use it.
In his courses, he uses two English speaking students, and the recording is made of the students learning the language from Thomas. Don't worry about his accent. You are not using this course for perfect pronunciation (there are better things for that). This course is about learning structure quickly and painlessly. Sometimes, one or both students can get annoying if they take too long in what you get easily, or if they consistently make same mistakes, but it is a realistic learning environment as this is what would happen if you were in a class with other students. But from their mistakes, you learn.
The original courses are Foundation and Advance, and there were accompanying Language Builder and Vocabulary courses. Now they have all been reissued with new titles and shiny new packaging. If you are planning to learn Spanish, French, Italian or German, I would highly recommend his courses. You can get a free sample from the official website.
If you have tried Michel Thomas method, I would love to hear your views.
P.S. - I'm not associated with any language companies or any commercial item, so all opinions, reviews etc. are my personal views and shared in the hope it might help others.