The original no-pens, no-books, no-memorizing course that gets you speaking and understanding basic Irish in just hours, not years. The revolutionary Michel Thomas Method has helped over 5 million people learn a language.
Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking the basics of a new language in a matter of hours? The acclaimed audio-led Michel Thomas Method, endorsed by celebrities, executives and learners worldwide, will deliver the results you want.
Foundation Irish is about getting Irish in your head instantly, getting you to speak fluidly, with all the punch and vigour of a native speaker, as soon as your first few words.
How does it work?
During the course, you will join Michel Thomas Method native speaker teachers, Patricia Mac Eoin and Eilis Ni Dhuill, and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class. The Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts and enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself. Within the very first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You learn through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.
Why is the method so successful?
The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly.
What's in the Course?
Foundation Irish with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to 8 hours of audio on CD. You will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating where necessary, and complete the course in about 20-30 hours. *Note that the first hour of this course is the same as the Start Irish 'taster' course.
Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at the gym, during your commute, in the shower or on the move...
"A great way to learn; it's fast and it lasts". - The Daily Telegraph
Five minutes into the first CD, you already feel like you're winning. - Time Out
Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed. - The Guardian
Thomas makes it simple - Sunday Times
Michel's methods will teach you effectively and easily - Daily Star
Hugely inspiring - Red
Ideal for any business traveller who needs to be able to get around confidently. - Sunday Business
"Moving along at a relaxed, slow pace, punctuated by amusing anecdotes and jokes from the teacher, the new words, phrases and language rules are gently introduced and reinforced through subtle repetition without ever being tedious. In fact, despite a distinct emphasis on non-work, the course proves very effective and enjoyable, and its format is ideal for learning anywhere you like. So, if you only want to learn to speak the language, this course is highly recommended." - Top Real Travel Product, Real Travel