Collins French 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:
A native-speaking French expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress.< /p>
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.)
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I studied French in school for many years but then never used it. I bought this to brush up and it does a decent job of helping you with that at least. I cannot really assess how practical it would be for someone who is completely unfamiliar with the language.
I found this to be a big help in being able to put useful sentences together quickly in my head. It was also good for getting me to actually speak out loud. I like the way he asks questions and gives us time to answer BEFORE giving the answer in French. That way we aren't just repeating but working it out for ourselves first. The narration by Mr. Noble and by his French assistant are both very good. He is calm and reassuring and seems convinced that we can all learn French. The female French speaker helping him is easy to understand (well, as much as any French person can be easy to understand, LOL) and pleasant to listen to. They compliment each other well. I've already bought Part 2. Don't forget to download the PDF. It isn't just a transcript of the audio but includes some other information as well.
I have had French lessons before and I find this more useful when you have a least some encounter with the language before. I also listened the one in the same series for Italian, which I had no previous knowledge of whatsoever. I often find it a bit more struggling with that. but granted, i am more of a visual learner.
Paul Noble’s programs have a nice memory technique that he talks about ad nauseum in his introductions. Learn French the Natural Way did teach me some useful French, but at a cost.
The cost was not monetary because this program is dirt cheap and therefore probably worth the money. The price you pay is in time and frustration with a painfully slow and tedious British English instructor with a thick accent.
Still, I did learn, and I did not pay much money for the program, so I will reluctantly give it 4 Stars.
However, I really prefer the approach Mark Frobose has with his Power French series because he is American and is quite enthusiastic and I am thus encouraged to practice and learn. His programs are slightly more expensive though, but are well worth the extra money in my opinion.
I can't imagine using this guide if I'd not had a little French background. I really liked it but I think it would be difficult if I hadn't had some high school French.
I sincerely like Paul Noble. He is a good traditional French teacher and I learned something from his program “Learn French the Natural Way”. However, it is dry. Very dry and somewhat boring. I really prefer Mark Frobose’s “Power French Accelerated” series because he is so upbeat and I learned so much more and far more quickly with Mark and his native French speaker.
Because I am a visual learner, I am gaining some success at identifying French words in written form, but I struggle to recognize them when spoken. This audio book is truly helping me to "hear" French and grasp a better understanding of sentence construction.
"Best way to go back to French"
Such fun and easy enjoyable way to learn a language. Cant recommend it highly enough now going to see if theres a part 2
I used this to prepare for a holiday. Very helpful. I highly recommend this course.
"Finally I got it"
I have tried for years with numerous CDs, tapes and evening classes. Thank you Paul
"Excellent audible lessons"
I signed onto this series at first very uncertain about what to expect regarding the audio quality and the technique or method of instruction. I was very happily surprised at how wonderful this learning french series is. First, the audio quality is excellent, Paul is a fantastic teacher - you should believe everything he promises in his introduction and do everything he recommends in the modules. He also is assisted by a native French speaker and provides opportunities for you to practice your pronunciation. If you like learning on your own and don't mind speaking out the pronunciation loudly, get this series. It is worth it.
Doing as he asks us to do - and trusting in his method.
"Fantastic audiobook - learn fast!!"
Brilliantly put together. I have learnt more French in 3 chapters than school, college, university and holidays put together. I'd recommend to anyone wanting to learn French!
"Great for learning basic sentence structure"
loved this, basic and easy and allows you to go at your own pace. I have used this audio book for both french and Italian and both are very helpful. There is no booklet which he mentions but it really doesn't matter too much. This is for understanding sentence structure only, if you are after specific objects then this isn't for you. There are numbers up to 20 and that's it. Still I give it 5 stars for the price.
"Ideal for beginners"
Very well explained. Easy to listen. Great for beginners who just started learning French. Loved it.
I went to France about 30years ago with my young family and struggled through somehow with my limited French. My husband and I are visiting again this year and so I decided to try and learn some more phrases before going, and so I thought I would try the audio by Paul Noble. I have just completed the first chapter and found it so helpful that I have bought the CD, booklet and DVD , and am intending to complete the whole course . Paul's way of teaching is I think unique, and he teaches you sentences that you will actually be using when visiting France. I think it is a brilliant way to learn a language and will definitely be continuing with it. The only negative I would say is that the words said in French could be said a little slower, by his assistant - but otherwise it is brilliant.
"Learning French by subterfuge"
This clearly isn't the standard audio book, not having a plot nor characters. However I was recommended Paul Noble as a way to begin with French and it was a great recommendation. While his voice and tone are a little conversational and almost geeky or nervous, it does put the listener at ease when learning a language.
My favourite part is that by starting with the similarities I was stringing together long sentences very quickly. And by starting with reserving a table, I've actually used this now on many occasions when in France.
Can't wait to progress to lesson 2!
I really like the way the way he says, 'don't worry about trying to remember'. So I didn't and lo and behold I did. Not everything but a lot.
When I was so engrossed in it I forgot to turn off the motorway!
Not yet but I intend to.
I made myself laugh trying to repeat things.
If you learnt French at school but can't remember much, this is a great way to bring the odd word back into a full sentence.
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