After the first step on this Easiest Foreign Languages web site enables you to read and pronounce thousands of foreign words similar to English, what should your next step be?
Perhaps you will be traveling to a foreign country, and want to be able to speak the language.
Then a good next step would be the Michel Thomas Method.
It makes extensive use of familiar foreign cognates similar to English words, continuing the path begun with Easiest Foreign Languages.
This will help you progress to listening to spoken foreign language, and then saying short phrases useful for travel.
From description on Amazon.com:
Unlike most language learning systems, the Michel Thomas Method enables you to naturally and intuitively develop the building blocks for language comprehension.
You learn at your own speed--listening, speaking, and thinking through the language. Guided by language teacher Michel Thomas, each CD takes you through an interactive lesson with two other learners.
By the end of the program, you will have the ability to put together words and phrases together naturally and make your own sentences.
You will have basic vocabulary, conversation skills, and the confidence to speak in Spanish.
Provides a good foundation of each language in just a few hours.
RELAXED TEACHING METHOD means that you will be speaking with confidence and in a relaxed manner, rather than feeling nervous as you fumble for words.
You are guided through the lesson along with TWO OTHER STUDENTS. Often, one student is heard to struggle with a particular word or phrase, while the other completes it easily. In this way you never feel as though you are alone or not keeping up. It also allows you to learn from their mistakes and not feel frustrated by your own mistakes.
Lessons provide the basic building blocks and you are then challenged to PUT BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS TOGETHER IN SENTENCES that gradually increase in complexity. (Rather than providing a set phrase and asking you to repeat it.)
This kind of independent learning encourages your brain to really digest and use the information given rather than just memorize it to be repeated.
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION is also stressed in this course, with a large amount of time dedicated to making sure you are pronouncing the words with just the right emphasis or sound to help you sound more like a native speaker.
Cognates Give Confidence
Michel Thomas foreign language courses make extensive use of familiar foreign cognates similar to English words, continuing the path begun with Easiest Foreign Languages.
The following about a Michel Thomas foreign language course is adapted from ‘Easy, Tiger’, a humorous article by David Sedaris from the New Yorker magazine of July 11, 2011:
I’ve add a second audio program, one by a man named Michel Thomas.
At the start, he explains that English and German are closely related and thus have a lot in common.
In one language, the verb is “to come”, and in the other it’s “kommen”.
English “to give” is German “geben”.
Boston’s “That is good” is Berlin’s “Das ist gut”.
It’s an excellent way to start, and leaves the listener thinking,