Michel Thomas believed that the greatest barrier to any form of learning was stress: stress from worrying about remembering what you are being taught, stress from being afraid to make a mistake, stress from failing.
With the Michel Thomas Method, all the attention is focused on removing stress and tension from the learning environment. Through the instructional method, the teacher takes on full responsibility for your understanding, and therefore your remembering, of what is being taught. In fact, the Michel Thomas Method forbids you from trying to memorize. There’s no writing, no books, no homework.
The Michel Thomas Method works ‘in tune’ with the way your brain prefers to receive, store and then retrieve information, so you assimilate it easily and don’t forget it. It works by stripping away all inessential language and breaking down the most important language into its component parts. Crystal clear building blocks are then presented, and only when absorbed and understood, the next piece of the puzzle is introduced, enabling you to reconstruct the language for yourself – to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want.
‘What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don’t forget.’
– Michel Thomas
From very early in the course, you will realize that this extraordinary method works. You do remember, and very soon you begin to feel the true excitement of learning, and this is what motivates you to keep going, often not wanting to stop.