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A Brilliant Course by a Brilliant Teacher,
This review is from: Learn French with Paul Noble - Complete Course: French made easy with your personal language coach (Audio CD)
I passed GCSE French about 30 years ago, but then visited France and found out I couldn't speak the language, but wanted to learn.
For years I have expanded my collection of traditional bookwork-based, audio-supplemented French courses, such as Hugo, Accelerated Learning and Linguaphone. I have tried them all, but always given up in frustration after a short time. I tried Michel Thomas as well, but hated his thick accent, so quickly gave up on that too.
This course is the first home study French course I have ever finished. That fact alone speaks for itself.
Paul Noble is a brilliant teacher who has created a brilliant course. He teaches the language you need for a holiday or short stay. Although he avoids using complicated linguistic terminology, his course is in fact highly grammar-based, including past and future tenses, and pronouns such as le la les lui and leur, so you are given the essential foundations you need to build upwards from. He asks questions in English, leaves a generous pause for you to answer, and then his assistant who is a native female French teacher gives the answer so that you can check what you said and learn the correct pronunciation.
You aren't fluent at the end of the course, but know enough to get by as a visitor.
But the best thing about this course for me has been that it has at last opened a door, which up until now has remained shut fast, even though I have been banging my head against it for nearly three decades.
The penny has finally dropped with me that what matters is being able to understand spoken French, and say spoken French, rather than do bookwork French of the kind we did in school.
I have followed up Paul Noble's course with other 100% audio courses, such as Reader's Digest At Home with French and Linguaphone All Talk French.
And after all these years I have finally managed to get off the ground and fly.
Thank you Mr Noble and Collins.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2014 13:39:58 BDT
I found this review helpful. I w'd recommend also the book 'French in 10 days - Language course with a new method'. The method of this book is the best I have found and the phonetic transcription is very easy.
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