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.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. In fact, I already have. I like the way it is structured, and it is easy to listen to.
This is a great audiobook, although I believe it's important to be able to see the text as they say it: I advise anybody listening to this to have a French dictionary at hand! (Although I used a translation app on my iPhone which I found to be effective).
I also believe that this should not be the sole purpose of learning; i am taking beginner French classes at uni. The best way to learn is to immerse yourself in French...this is one extra thing to aid you in your journey to become a fluent French speaker.
Au revoir! :)
Learning a foreign language should be fun. Paul Noble makes it fun. You get an immediate rush of accomplishment. Be kind to yourself. Buy Noble's series if you actually want to learn the language instead of wasting money.
So grateful for finding these books. I can't wait to start the 2nd in the French series. I am constantly doing long drives and have taken up learning French to make use of my time spent in the car. This teaching style is so effective, I'm so excited!
Paul Noble spent so long talking about how important it was to forget what you were learning so that you go on to remember later, that I totally relaxed. And by god, after forgetting everything he taught me, I started to actually be able to speak french! Sounds crazy but it was quite wonderful. Highly recommend this method.
This method presents French in a very accessible & rational way. He starts with some basic vocabulary and sentence structure and builds on it with (mostly) words that both French & English have in common. (The French-English words only vary by pronunciation and slight spelling differences.) He also gives helpful connections between words that are not of shared origin. This makes for learning through 'absorbing' rather than memorizing. And all of the vocabulary feels relevant. You can tell there was a lot of thought put into the material presented. The author narrates in a nice friendly voice and all of the French is spoken by a native speaker. I've bought the other audiobooks in the series and am finding them very beneficial.
Mom of five
This is the most easy, incredible way to learn a language that I have everrrrrr experienced. I bought all of the french language learning courses sold here on audible, and there is no competition AT ALL. My husband, who has struggled to learn another language for years, said, "I want to marry Paul Noble and have his babies!" (he was Just joking :) but he loves loves loves this course. And it is for the true beginner, BUT it is also great for those who took this in high school years ago, AND anyone needing any refresher. He is absolutely brilliant in his method! Better than Pimsleur BY FAR (yes, we bought Pimsleur too. With pimsleur, after HOURS you still can only speak about 50 words at most). The best! France, here I come this summer, and I am NOT going to sound like an AMERICAN idiot! Hooray!
Professor and Consultant in Strategic Project Management
This series of books (Parts 1, 2 and 3) are a very good start to master French. I liked it a lot and it helped me to improve my French a lot.
I found this recording very helpful as I am an intermediate French speaker and it was a great review of some of the more basic verbs like pouvoir, avoir and vouloir. It would also be helpful for beginners who want to grasp some of the basics before travelling.
This was a great series, I had no experience in French before and this allowed me to have basic conversations. A few things to note:
- The series is 4 audio books. They really are not broken up well in Audible. So, you can try the first one, but plan on getting all 4 to cover all of the material. All of the books relate to each other, so unless you complete them all you will not get much out of the course.
- This is a great series for speaking. The books alone will do almost nothing for reading and spelling. In fact, the first time I saw some of the words in print, I had no idea what they were.
- On Paul Collins' website, you may download the "booklet" discussed in the book. This helps mitigate the 2nd point, but still it is mainly for speaking, not writing/reading.
"Excellent for beginners or intermediate speakers"
I trained as a teacher and I can see in Paul Noble's approach to teaching French lots of the latest thinking on how people learn best. He draws on the knowledge you already have, eg words in French and English that are the same or similar. He minimises learning by rote, instead he makes links between words, ideas and concepts so you understand why something is the way it is rather than just parroting it back. Because he helps you to understand the underlying grammar you are empowered to start to build your own sentences using the rules and logic you have learned. He frequently revisits what you have already learned to fix it in your memory. This is a very powerful way to learn. I am now onto the third download and have learned how to use the present, past and future tenses to talk about basic things like booking a room, ordering food and reserving a table, saying what I think, visiting the doctor, getting directions, buying tickets shopping etc. Also little constructions to make the conversation flow more smoothly, such has how to use 'it', and 'there', eg 'I have bought it'' and 'I want to go there'. It is not a miracle worker and I will still have to practice a lot to become confident and sort out my 'you musts' from my 'you cans' but I am well on my way and feeling very motivated by this approach. Paul also speaks very clearly and is not annoying at all. All of the French is repeated by a native French speaker so you can be confident you are getting the correct pronunciation. I took French at school until the age of 17 but I can confidently say that I have learned more through this CD than all my time at school. My criticisms would be that there are no tracks on the downloads, only chapters, which can be half an hour long. Therefore if you want to go over something again you have to rewind rather than just skip back. Also the pdf is designed to be printed on A5 and I have A4 paper so it is quite wasteful on the paper front.
"Collins French with Paul Noble, thank goodness!"
This Paul Noble French course is just what I have been needing for the past ten years or so. Learning French with it has been quite simply a joy.
I first heard about Paul Noble languages earlier this year, when I read a review of The Paul Noble Language Institute in the newspaper. The review was extremely favourable and mentioned that it was now possible to get these courses on CDs and so I thought 'yes!'
I have now worked through the course twice and feel that it has been an incredible experience, both an incredible learning experience but also an incredible experience on any level. I have made so much progress, simply enormous progress, in a few weeks of part-time study.
I am going to keep up with the French for another year, just by itself. But I am tempted after that to perhaps try the Paul Noble German when it comes out. I have always loved Heidelberg and thought about learning the language before but I never really believed it would be possible. After doing this French course however, I am given to believe that anything might be possible...
"My French is better thanks!"
I found French a challenge at school. I found this programme by Paul Noble a good way to refresh and improve my French. I find the listening can be a bit dry but that is me not the programme. Some great devices and ways of thinking about language plus the ability to stop and replay helps with getting the phrasing and the language right. More practise to do but I am enjoying the style of teaching.
"An excellent way to learn - tried and tested!"
I have never been very good at languages, but downloaded all four parts of this course in preparation for a recent family holiday to France. The method Paul uses works well, and I found I was able to make rapid progress after just a few days listening to the course on my way to and from work.
When on holiday I found I had the confidence to do the usual holiday things like ask for directions, reserve tables, order in restaurants and buy tickets for tourist attractions. I even surprised my family by stopping a passer-by in the street on the first day and checking whether or not I had to pay for parking in the town square!
It's a testament to this course that since returning from France, I have continued to listen to the final "review" lesson (part 4) to keep up the knowledge I've gained. Thoroughly recommended.
"Speak French as you Go About Life"
If you want to brush up your French this is a great way to do it. I did A level French a long, long time ago and had loved the language but had forgotten even basic verbs. I feel as if these audio books have connected me with so much that I had lost. I bought all three books in series and then the course review. I will return to them again. I would love it if my son,who is doing GCSE French, would listen to them too as I think they would be excellent for him. The chances of him acting on my advice are slim but these audio books really impressed me.
Very good and his method certainly has you learning from the start. Buy it and try it.
I have been taking a weekly French Conversation class for, possibly 2 years now. I desperately need to 'go back to the books'. I am looking forward to starting Learn French the natural Way, with Paul Noble. I am really pleased I joined Audible.co.uk. Buying on-line audio books is so easy.
Amazing how simple this is, I'll definitely listen again before my next trip to France!
I feel like I have learnt a lot from listening to these audiobooks BUT there are some things which have made it frustrating and detracted from the experience which would be really easily remedied. I am writing this review in the hope that the publisher will take note!
1. There are occasions when the gap between Paul asking a question and the answer being given is non existent - seriously frustrating when you want to think it through and try to answer for yourself but don't even have time to reach for the pause button before she has blurted out the answer. REALLY ANNOYING!
2. I really resent the few occasions when Paul asks a trick question so I formulate an incorrect answer as I feel like I am reinforcing bad information by formulating that answer. I would prefer an explanation of the exception and then to be asked a question.
3. Most importantly, what I would give for a workbook or a transcript, or anything?!!? To me to learn a language you might as well also learn how to read it, write it etc or at least have a vague understanding of what it looks like e.g. the different verb endings, if you have just listened to the recordings you will be virtually unaware of all of the different verb forms. It will only help not hinder you. I gather if you buy the CDs you get a book of some description but no one seems to have thought through selling the book separately so that those of us living in digital 2014 can also participate.
3. There are a few moments when things are not explained. Someone who is not intimately familiar with either french or with the recordings needs to listen as a lay person and point out the loose ends.
To any would be french speakers I do recommend this but would suggest you don't give yourself any grand ideas about listening in the car, whilst washing up etc and becoming a fabulous bilingual multitasking have it all kind of human. I tried that but found it totally ineffective. I have made about a thousand times more progress by actually sitting down and giving it 100% of my attention with a notepad, pen and most importantly google (to sort of bodge compensation for the lack of supporting text).
"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.
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