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Learn Italian with Paul Noble (Collins) [Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Paul Noble
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Book Description

13 Sep 2012 0007363966 978-0007363964 First edition

The language guru everyone is talking about – Paul Noble will revolutionise the way you learn language.

No textbooks, no rote memorisation, no chance of failure.

For all those who have struggled to learn Italian in the past.
For all those who think they’re just not a linguist.
For all those who don’t have the time – or the inclination – to sit and study a textbook.

This is your chance to have a one-to-one lesson from Paul and his native-speaking Italian expert, Luisa, and all in your own time. Download the course to your MP3 player and within a few hours you will have learned over 6,000 Italian words. Importantly, you will also know how to make your new vocabulary work for you. No set phrases, no lists of vocabulary. Just real Italian at your fingertips.

Each course includes:
• 12 CDs holding over 13 hours of audio
• an 80-page booklet
• a DVD demonstrating Paul’s method

Previously published as Collins Italian with Paul Noble.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First edition edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007363966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007363964
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First released onto the market 2 years ago, Paul’s courses have met with huge success:

Review of Paul Noble Method by The City Magazine:
“Relaxing and listening to the CDs, I found that I seemed to absorb the phrases taught, without even consciously trying, and quickly felt confident enough to play around with the different components and make my own sentences.”

Reviews by Amazon customers:
“This is the most remarkable language course imaginable. I've tried several courses but this is on another planet. It is amazing!!!”
“Paul Noble has a very relaxing and informal style to his teaching… I can already tell that my spoken French has improved permanently.”
“At last, an easy way to learn a language! Easy to understand plus an easy one to pop into the car CD player and use on the move, so no more 'I haven't the time…’”
“The language is explained in a simple way and the teacher doesn't use complex grammar terms… For me, though, the absolute best thing about it is that it has allowed me to speak in full, proper sentences in French… A fantastic course and a well deserved 5 stars!”
“I am pleased to report that this is really good fun to use because as you listen you are encouraged to CREATE VOCABULARY AND PHRASES FOR YOURSELF out of the bits of structure that you are picking up. Not only is it a completely non-threatening process but it is also entertaining in itself.”
“For those who love languages but struggle to learn them this is a wonderful resource.“

About the Author

Who is Paul Noble?
Paul Noble is a genius, yet he still left school unable to speak a language – he found that the traditional learning methods left him feeling ‘confused, incapable and unable to really say anything’. Determined that there must be a better way to learn, Paul spent years devising his own unique method of learning languages which cuts out all of the grammar, all of the rote learning, and all of the stress. He began using his method to teach in his Language Institute and, hundreds of students later, he prides himself on never having had a student fail.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It actually works! 13 Jan 2012
By Nat94
Format:Audio CD
I was extremely surprised with this purchase. I bought it on a whim, expecting to listen to the first C.D then forever banish it to the dark recesses of my wardrobe. However it wasn't long before I found myself actually remembering the vocab, and have now ended up with all the c.ds on my iPod for my morning commutes. With this method you don't bother straining to remember every last word - because you find that you will remember them anyway! Fantastic for travellers that will be visiting Italy as it gives you all the basics you need to survive. Very, very pleased.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Audio Italian Course 4 May 2012
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I ordered this audio Italian course after reading the reviews. I had used part of the Introduction to Italian by Michel Thomas and thought this sounded similar in style but was considerably cheaper.

It is close to the Michel Thomas style and is utterly brilliant. I have been trying to learn Italian for years but the confidence this course has given me has provided the impetus to really give it my best shot this time.

The course focuses on teaching you to speak Italian and uses situations you would need on a visit to the country - the hotel, directions, feeling unwell etc. It doesn't insist on trying to get you to conjugate verbs (which is how I was dragged through French at school) but focuses on using the language naturally and this makes things much easier.

The use of repetition of phrases and words really helps you to remember and gives you confidence when you're remembering the phrases without too much effort. I really love the fact that you are asked to form phrases and sentences yourself and then are given the correct phrase by a native speaker. I also like the associations Paul makes with English words or phrases, which really does help to make things easier to remember. For example some verbs are very similar to English and he explains how switching the ending to the word turns it into Italian.

I've been listening to the course on my iPod on my bus journey to and from work and it's been remarkably easy to switch on and follow the course - I actually look forward to reviewing some of the course during my lunch break! I do use the pause button for phrases I need more time to form, and for that reason would not recommend using this in the car - you really need to concentrate on what's being said. Whenever my mind drifts I have to rewind.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory course 27 Dec 2011
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I really like Paul Noble's approach to the construction of this course. His emphasis is on teaching confidence in the grammatical rules of Italian, but through practical application of the language in day-to-day situations. Many other courses' teaching of rote phrases can make the language seem very abstract, as there is no regard for the rules that lie behind these phrases. Learning a phrase doesn't encourage a creative approach to solving a novice language user's problems when encountering an unexpected situation.

I feel that the key to gaining confidence in any language is to have a grasp of grammatical rules, as a knowledge of grammar gives even a novice speaker a surprising amount of room for improvisation. Although it must be stressed that this course is only really a beginner's guide to Italian, it gives a firm grounding in both the grammatical rules of Itaian and teaches some extremely handy phrases to illustrate these rules. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Minty
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At school I did French or tried to do it and never managed to grasp it. I have listened to one disc so far of this Italian course and already know many words, and best of all remember them. This is so far a brilliant box set and I cant wait to get home to learn more.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Mar 2011
By jakczek
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This course does as it says, and makes language learning easier. The language learned is more retentive than other methods. I have been attending Evening Classes to learn Italian, and found this course heavily augments my classes. It was worthwhile purchasing this and I would recommend it to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Italian very easily 30 July 2011
By Anjose
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have attempted many language courses on both cassette and CD over the years and this method by Paul Noble is by far and away the vey best I have ever used. It is so easy to follow and understand and almost without thinking I am now constructing sentences in Italian and understanding the spoken word very easily. I no longer translate from English to Italian but think in the language itself. To become fully fluent it would obviously be preferable to live or spend time in Italy but this course gives me the confidence to converse with the Italians themselves and I hope to go on to further my studies in this beautiful language. Absolutely recommended.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Italian Products for Beginners 21 Mar 2011
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These CDs by Paul Nobel are an essential acquisition for anyone who wants to begin learning Italian and who wants to learn to speak it a little right from the start. Although a booklet is provided with the CDs Paul Noble emphasises that in order to really understand, learn pronunciation and progress with this programme it is vital that you start off by listening to the lessons and speaking aloud during the spaces provided within the course.

The method used of explaining something, getting you to use the phrase/word/grammar and then coming back to it again later really helps you to remember and understand fully the language that you are being taught and ensures that you retain the information.

I would highly recommend this programme for anyone who is travelling to Italy and would like to know a little Italian in order to be able to do the usual things; book a room, book a table, order a drink and food, buy a train ticket, enquire where things are etc. However, for me, the real value of this language programme is that it enabled me to have the confidence to progress with my study in Italian.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good way to learn the language!
Published 2 days ago by Cpmounsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravissimo!
This has been a wonderful tool for me to learn Italian. I listened to discs 1-5 in the correct order, but since then, have kept all (12) discs on my shuffle playlist so listening... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nat H.
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it
She uses it continuously whilst ironing or occasionally cooking. It seems to be a great series. She heartily recommends the series.
Published 3 months ago by Collis
5.0 out of 5 stars Builds your confidence quickly
Really easy to follow, and cleverly structured so you gradually build up your grammatical knowledge without it feeling onerous. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AMH
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Italian the easy way with Paul Noble.
I find that Paul Noble makes it a joy to be in his classroom and cant wait for the next lesson to start. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Robert Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Best possible introduction to a new lanaguage
I first came across this method with the French language box set and went on to buy both the German and Italian sets. I can't recommend them highly enough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by F.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Impressed
I've been to Italy a couple of times in last 2 years and really like it. I struggled with languages at school but this is really good and I'm picking Italian up quite quickly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony Dugdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box!
This is a good course if you don't have time to follow books. Ideal for driving/ using on a personal MP3. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BM
fantastic product i learnt a little Italian very quickly and although i have not used the audio for a while i still remeber what i learnt i took information very quickly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ike
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Having tried several other methods this is BY FAR the best. I listen in my car and have quickly picked up phrases and gained confidence. Read more
Published 8 months ago by missy- L-B
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