The Paul Noble series is perfect for getting a good base/refresher course in Spanish before moving on to more advanced courses.
I listened to all the parts : 1, 2, 3 and 4. Then moved directly to Pimsleur, spanish phase 4... but I might have an advantage because I have been to Mexico for almost a year as a child so although my spanish was quite rusty, I still had a nice base. I just needed to brush it up a little.
I like that there is no music, no 'trying' to entertain with phoney conversations. Just basic, right to the point spanish!
This is my first go at a language via audible and I really enjoyed it. easy to follow, great tips and tricks for vocabulary and surprisingly easy to retain. just do it.
Spanish is easier to understand and remember when explained in a logical means. This book is a tool to understanding more comprehensive Spanish books.
I've enjoyed learning French and Spanish from this narrator. I took French for 4 years in high school, and barely remembered anything, but I feel muchmore confident after going through his program. The Spanish program is very similar to the French. I took a year or so of Spanish in an adult, fast paced program, but still, I think I learned more from this program. I like that in both courses, he teaches a basic past tense and future tense vocabulary. My old teachers never wanted to teach that until we were more advanced.
The only problem I have in this program is that I couldn't get the added download of vocab on my smart phone, which is what I primarily use . Since there is a small amount of nouns, verbs, and adjectives in this audio program, I feel like I don't know quite enough to get by without the downloadable text add-on.
Overall I really like this program, and refer back to it when I forget things after having not practiced speaking the language.
I have a terrible time learning other languages. I've tried with French and after several college classes, and reading I can read it, but I cannot speak it. I have a son who is learning Spanish in school and needed someone to help. I decided to try to learn. Failure. No matter what courses I ordered, classes I started and got lost in, usually ending in tears, I gave up. I read the reviews on Paul Noble and decided to try, just one more time. I should note my sister is a polyglot who speaks seven languages with incredible fluency and another of my children speaks perfect Spanish, but is not great at interpreting for his brother, or myself. I felt like a failure. I bought the Spanish set and not only can I speak enough to get by with my fluent son, but I can understand a lot of Spanish language television now and assist my other son to learn.
I can feel future literacy melting into my life and beginning to dream in Spanish, which my sister swears is the answer for knowing that you truly do understand a language. I no longer feel I cannot learn a language. Paul's class has helped me so much, I'm purchasing the French version, to be able to speak French as well as read and understand it. I have no idea where the speaking falls apart for me, but this class has more than helped. Tips in the first chapter alone led me to a greater understanding of Romance languages in general. I have no higher praise I can offer. This and the second tape, which I am beginning, have helped me beyond words I can use in English and I am a well read, well spoken person. The feeling of understanding and comprehension and the joy it has brought to my life have helped me in my confidence in all areas of my life and I am confident I can learn other languages and am willing to approach math again, a subject I am not as well versed in as well. I strongly recommend these titles and Paul Noble. His voice is a joy to listen to, Well accented English, spoken clearly with Spanish speakers who help with Castilian pronunciation and Latin American. Thank you for these books on tape.
The assistance with the language is amazing, precise and logical.
No, but I am buying the French version as well.
"Anyone can speak Spanish."
If you have issues learning languages, buy this set in any of the languages he teaches. He never talks down to you and you learn.
This is part 1 which has a good chunk of material although he drones on a bit in the intro.
Bought all 4 books in the series, 1-3 were good and have 3-4 hours worth of material. Part 4 shocked me when it was only 19minutes and as such was a pure rippoff.
I had taken Spanish in high school and was fairly fluent by the time I graduated. However, I stopped using it and lost most of it. 10 years later, I really wanted to be able to speak Spanish for my job. I thought before I started focusing on learning medical Spanish, I should refresh myself on the basics. This audiobook was exactly what I was looking for. He makes it so much easier to learn the language compared to how I remember my high school teachers doing it with wrote memorization. With this course, you are literally learning by repeated exposure in a very fluid and natural manner. He repeats the tricky topics the perfect amount of times so that you end up understanding without being bored by it. I actually found myself looking forward to my commute so that I could start the audiobook every morning. I felt like it was a perfect pave for someone who had been able to speak Spanish before, but I do wonder if it would be a little fast for someone with no Spanish exposure at all.
The only negative I could possibly give this course is that it has a very heavy emphasis on travel vocabulary. If you were planning on taking a trip to a Spanish-speaking country, you will certainly know how to ask for a cab, reserve a table at a restaurant, get a hotel room, and ask someone where the tourist office is on a map. I am hoping that The next books have a little bit more day to day language