Paul Noble's approach to learning a new language is remarkable simple and effective. After years of trying to learn Spanish, I am finally making progress.
Pimsleur,.... ugh. Rote memorization is just not very effective.
I am learning a lot about the way Spanish is structured and how to really catch on to the fluidity of speaking Spanish. The teacher really makes the lessons enjoyable, easy to follow and really absorb the learning material.
Like most people I've tried various methods of learning Spanish but this method of just listening has been the most effective. It forces to listen which in turn causes your brain to absorb more.
The mock conversations are good but wish there were more of them.
Overall this has been worth the time and money.
I am a beginner in Spanish, but Paul has done very well in teaching Spanish 1 via this audiobook. I am finishing up today and feel confident with 90% of the book's phrases and vocabulary. I may have to listen to the last chapter again, to deliberately answer perfectly every question, but Paul actually discourages perfection during the books introduction. He states it is his job to make us remember, and actually does quite well in doing so. All in all I took away a lot of Spanish from this book and definitely recommend using it with other resources.
I am going to try the next book from Paul, Spanish 2 and hope for the same results (or better)!
Great for long car rides! Doesn't get caught up in the nitty gritty of Spanish, but explains what is necessary and builds as you progress. All while retaining what you've learned!
Uses standard scenarios for traveling in a foreign country, so it's practical as well.
Yes, very much so, but the printed pdf helps tremendously afterwards to recap.
Paul himself is great and is very much a part of the story.
No favorites, they are all quite good.
The narrative is warm, friendly, paced just right and is a joy to listen to. I only wish Paul would carry the series further and do more such books, perhaps to do with general conversation instead of travel/tourism related. Also, it would be tremendously helpful in a future version to have this in the form of an app that runs on your phone/computer like a teleprompter that would spell the words out as they are spoken, making an audible as well as visual connection.
This series really helps you to learn a new language without doing the typical method of memorizing vocabulary and grammar. It helps you to be able to figure out words and form correct sentences. I highly recommend it!
Good introductory audio course, I love how this guy teaches: repetition, but not to much, you learn something new every other minute to keep you engaged, you learn to speak from words you know immediately and not sometime after, conjugations are introduced slowly and not all at once, plus Paul gives some tips and tricks related to word building from English words which is immensely useful, plus it's cheap. Wait no longer, go learn some Spanish!