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Does the Tomatis method work?
Thread poster: Clifford Marcus
Clifford Marcus
Local time: 12:50
Spanish to English
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Feb 12, 2007

I am considering doing a Tomatis course. The basic tenets seem very plausible for me - I am one of those people who can read a language fluently but when it comes to understanding what people say it is much more difficult. (I can easily read a Chekhov play in Russian but when I watch one in the theatre I only understand about 60-70 per cent.). It seems plausible that you need to train the ear. So what I was wondering is if anyone has direct experience of Tomatis and would recommend it. Point being that the price is about 1,000 GPB which I would be prepared to pay if it actually worked...

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Angeliki Papadopoulou  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 14:50
English to Greek
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Regarding your question... Feb 12, 2007

...although I have no personal knowledge of the method, I heard of it from a longtime friend, who enrolled her young son on one of their courses (many years ago now...) because he could not concentrate when he was studying for school. It helped him (and my friend's nerves) very much.

I don't know if this is of help to you (particularly in view of the steep fee) but I hope it gives you some idea.

Regards
Lina


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AngusJohnson
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Polish to English
Random thoughts. May 2, 2007

There are many threads in this section asking if this or that method works. My opinion is that no method can be successful if it's used in isolation from everything else. Although I have no personal experience with any particular teaching method, I've heard comments from people taught by the Callan Method, and the comments were far from flattering. The classes, they said, would bore them to tears, and they'd always end up feeling they hadn't made any progress at all. I think the only good way to learn a language is to try and soak up as much of the language as possible, from a variety of sources, look up any word that comes to one's mind, do essays on made-up subjects, and - if a stay abroad is not an option - make acquaintances in chat rooms. Also, I think reading specialist books on the relevant language would be a great help.

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Clifford Marcus
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Tomatis May 3, 2007

Thanks for your thoughts. Tomatis is not a way to learn a language. It is supposed to be a way to train the ear to make language learning easier. I have "learned" Russian using methods you described, and also lived there for a year. But I still feel frustrated that I cannot always catch what people are saying.


AngusJohnson wrote:


There are many threads in this section asking if this or that method works. My opinion is that no method can be successful if it's used in isolation from everything else. Although I have no personal experience with any particular teaching method, I've heard comments from people taught by the Callan Method, and the comments were far from flattering. The classes, they said, would bore them to tears, and they'd always end up feeling they hadn't made any progress at all. I think the only good way to learn a language is to try and soak up as much of the language as possible, from a variety of sources, look up any word that comes to one's mind, do essays on made-up subjects, and - if a stay abroad is not an option - make acquaintances in chat rooms. Also, I think reading specialist books on the relevant language would be a great help.


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