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5.0 out of 5 stars It works for me, 11 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Learn Italian with Paul Noble - Complete Course: Italian made easy with your personal language coach (Collins) (Audio CD)
This was bought for me as a Christmas present and at first I was a little sceptical as to whether I would use it very much. Although I have studied French a little over the years and so am not a complete novice when it comes to learning languages, I was new to Italian. I am about half way through the CD course and I'm pretty much hooked on it. I am surprised how much I have learnt in just a few weeks. Yes, there is a long way to go, but I am enjoying the experience. Paul Noble's style might seem odd at first, he jumps straight in to teaching words and sentences in specific scenarios, whereas with French it was a case of starting out with "To Be" and "To Have" and learning the I am, He is, She is etc. He then returns to those same words and phrases over and over again as the course progresses and he introduces new ones and new scenarios. Suddenly I was remembering them and the constant reminders and recaps really has made them stick in my mind.

If I have one criticism, it would be that when he introduces new words and the Italian lady repeats them in Italian, he doesnt then spell them out, so occasionally I'm left wondering how its spelt and whether I have heard her correctly. I find its easier to learn a word if I can picture it written in my head. I have got around that however. Since I study at the computer (my CDs are copied into my iTunes), i have open Google translate and WordReference.com. If I'm unsure about a word I pause iTunes and then refer to either or both sites to check spelling and to listen to a second audible recording of the word and that way I know I've heard it correctly.

As long as I'm continuing to enjoy it and making good progress, I'm sure that when I get to the end I shall start all over again. I may then enrol on a course to take it that stage further. If you're thinking about learning Italian, I recommend you give Paul Noble a go, after all its not a lot of money for a 12 CD course.
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