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Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1 Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Language ground rules
  • The use of the past tense
  • Finding French words used in English
  • Asking questions
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out.

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.)

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 08-06-11
    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 08-06-11 Member Since 2016
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    "At least ok for brushing up"

    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.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    newton 05-20-16
    newton 05-20-16
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    "Prefer Power French Accelerated"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    martin 04-05-16
    martin 04-05-16
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    "GOOD BUT POWER FRENCH IS WAY BETTER"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay P. Noble San Francisco, CA USA 09-15-16
    Lindsay P. Noble San Francisco, CA USA 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "best french learning source period"

    done them all, wish I started with this, explains things that I've always wondered about, I now can speak with confidence.

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    Marc Harrisonburg, VA, United States 09-13-16
    Marc Harrisonburg, VA, United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic way to learn!"

    Wonderful and accessible! The author is interesting, informative and his process really works! I've been writing with a tutor, and using Duolingo. This book is a great companion and has really catapulted me into being able to day things without forgetting my vocabulary. I love it. I cannot recommend this enough!

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    Amazon Customer Fort Worth, Texas USA 08-29-16
    Amazon Customer Fort Worth, Texas USA 08-29-16 Member Since 2012

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    "The Best of the Audio Courses"

    This is an excellent audio course that gets you speaking French right away. It is geared for the traveller so expect to learn phrases you may need while visiting France or any of the Francophone countries around the world. With this course, you'll learn enough French to function with it. Native speakers will be impressed and warmed by your efforts to learn their language. By far the best of the foreign audio languages I've ever used. This really does work.

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    Xander 07-12-16
    Xander 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    not perfect but very close, definitely the best system/program I've come across. my only gripe is when learning a new word or phrase it goes from an English speakeing man saying the word in english with an american accent straight to a french woman saying the word in french with a french accent, the difference is quite jarring with some words and hard to understand, it would be much better if the word was said in french by the man first to get a better idea of what the word is supposed to actually say.

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    Amazon Customer 07-10-16
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    "Excellent method"

    I used this audio to reinforce french classes completed at the A1 level. It has enabled my transition to beginner conversation. I am very impressed.

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    Boobsie5 07-03-16
    Boobsie5 07-03-16
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    "great review"

    I struggled to learn French as a kid growing up in Canada, but I always wanted to learn it! I have taken a bunch of courses, all of which improves my French much more than in class teaching. recently I signed up for a French immersion course. I used this as a way to prep for it, and it was exceptional! I have some knowledge of French but my problem has always been in how to phrase the sentences and WHY you phrase it that way. this course is excellent for that reason! Paul explains why it's different and gives you cues to remember that it is different. I feel much more confident saying things now. I am excited do the next two audible segments!

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    Evy 06-26-16
    Evy 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    " the perfect way to start learning french!"

    very esay to undersantand, really help you to improve your french , five strats!

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  • San Man
    5/17/16
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    "C'est magnifique!"

    I used this to prepare for a holiday. Very helpful. I highly recommend this course.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    3/20/16
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    "Finally I got it"

    I have tried for years with numerous CDs, tapes and evening classes. Thank you Paul

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Wakeboarder
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mirka Athanasi
    1/29/16
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    "Ideal for beginners"

    Very well explained. Easy to listen. Great for beginners who just started learning French. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Russell Henderson
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    1/23/16
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn Whinney
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    "Too much English, not enough French!"

    I bought this title to brush up my very rusty French, and I'm finding the Paul Noble method very annoying. Why is it that in order to tell us one word of vocabulary he feels the need to talk for ages in English? Most people can realise that 'chambre' is similar to 'chamber' which is an old fashioned term for 'room' without it being explained very slowly.

    The way in which he encourages you to build sentences is good, though I question how useful and/or natural some of these sentences are. 'I want to know why you haven't prepared the dinner, I'm hungry' might suit a domestic dispute, but it's not really that useful day to day.

    The technique, of course, is once you have mastered one past tense sentence, you can make others by finding out the vocabulary yourself. Fair enough, but who needs to use these kinds of constructions? How is this different from how French is taught in school? What is so 'Natural' about this way of learning?

    Perhaps a good product for absolute beginners.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    9/23/16
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    "Learn French "

    This is great for beginners and I will definitely be moving on to the next audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/12/16
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    "The best platform I have found for learning French"

    breaks down tough French vocabulary using easy, memorable methods. A truly unique take on language learning

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deirdre Shurland
    3/7/16
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    "Excellent audible lessons"
    Where does Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1?

    Doing as he asks us to do - and trusting in his method.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    Nottingham, UK
    3/4/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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