• Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 03-25-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.7 (297 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Collins Italian with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.
Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling 'confused, incapable and unable to really say anything'. As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a ground-breaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.
Part 1 of the course covers:

Language ground rules
The use of the past tense
Numbers
Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out
Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool. A native-speaking Italian expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. (Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool.)
©2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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By Vera on 05-04-15

Painless and This Works, Really!

Where does Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not a story but it is a fabulous way to learn a language. Fully recommend this program. If you are worried that you can't learn Italian, stop worrying, start listening. Always enjoyed a British accent, bonus.

What other book might you compare Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 to and why?

Not a story, educational. Closest would be one of The Great Courses.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he said....posse prenotare un camera con banjo? My heart melted.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Speak Italian To Me

Any additional comments?

il romantico

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By pratte on 05-20-16

Mind Numbingly Boring

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I can’t understand why anyone would think that Paul Noble is such a great language teacher. I literally fell asleep just listening to his “ground rules” on the audio sample on this page. I still ordered the program and continued sleeping through it as he droned on endlessly in a low-energy monotone.
I don’t know about you, but I want to speak ITALIAN. If you’ve ever heard real Italians speak, you’ll notice that they are extremely HIGH ENERGY people with a lively language.
To give you some contrast, check out the Power Italian 1 Accelerated by Mark Frobose. The free audio sample will explain why I think “Learn Italian the Natural Way” should be named “Learn Italian (Maybe) While You Sleep”.
Power Italian is much better in every way.
So is “Learn in Your Car Italian” by Penton Overseas. They blast you with a gong every now and then between lessons, but at least you stay awake.
I also learned some Italian with a memory technique that’s almost as good as Frobose’s in Power Italian. It’s the famous Pimsleur programs, which are also quite good, but just use a very limited vocabulary base.

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By GILLIAN on 12-23-12

Great introduction into learning Italian.

Learning Italian with Paul Noble was so easy. I suprised myself how easy it was to learn the language using this technique. He also shows you little ways and clues to remember the words and phrases. Just brilliant!!

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By Andrew on 04-22-14

Great value, excellent way to learn

What made the experience of listening to Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

I normally use Michel Thomas method language lessons but initially chose Paul Noble for Italian because of the bad reviews Michel Thomas Italian received. Paul Noble uses a method very similar to Michel Thomas but more methodical and with a native Italian speaker for better pronunciation. On the downside Paul Noble is very slow moving both in terms of progress and slow speaking which I found so irritating that I switched back to Michel Thomas.

However as I found out, the bad reviews of Michel Thomas Italian are well deserved, so found myself switching back to Paul Noble. This time I set the play speed to x1.25 and this made all the difference.

To start learning a new language my experience is that Michel Thomas or Paul Noble is a must. Paul Noble is certainly better value than Michel Thomas but you may prefer Michel Thomas' style like I do. However for Italian I'd strongly recommend you choose Paul Noble.

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By Eric on 05-20-16

Great way to learn

Picked this book up to check how it worked and was throughly impressed.
I found I was able to take in the information and retain it. I have been using other learning methods for a while but I found I was learning more through this book and far easier.
Books 2 and 3 are now in my library ready to go

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By Michael on 05-17-15

Noble Effort in Effective Language Learning

The effectiveness of any language audio book is very dependent upon your particular learning style. Most rely on repeating phrases in the hope that the listener will eventually absorb and memorise the language, problem is most forget within days. Paul Noble's approach to teaching Italian is radically different and very, very effective. Noble gently and conversationally de-constructs the Italian sentence into an equation with a start, middle and end and uses clever mnemonic devices such as the "Maria and Mario" rule to empower the student in building their own language. Book One of the three book series is full of "I finally get it" moments as Noble the tutor, supported by crystal clear delivery of the Italian phrases from a native italian female speaker, unlocks the recipe to bake your own italian in a clever and engaging way. Buonissimo!

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