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 groundbreaking 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:
At the hotel, a native-speaking German expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool.
Learn German with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, nontraditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.
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While I have completed a good 30 or so hours of Rosetta Stone and am deep in the level two area, I still haven't the foggiest on grammar or how to string a series of words together to form a sentence. While it is true I can point at a picture of a green apple and tell you what it is in German, I wasn't able to say, can I have a green apple and so on. Sure I had a step up going into this as a knew a great deal of words I still had no idea how they worked. Paul Noble uses a simple approach that I practice while I run and walk around in my day and for the first time, I can actually speak German. Can I move there today and fit right in. No, but can I say simple sentences that I couldn't before. Yes. Have I been able to form sentences when I wanted to answer someone. Yes. So, overall, to me, there is not a better learning solution than this.
Yes. Necessary to have repetition to learn a language
Yes. It works. By the end, German words and phrases have been burned into your brain.
If you buy this Part 1, don't bother with Part 2, and perhaps 3 and 4 as well. Part 2 is a repeat of what was learned in Part 1. Although once you buy Part I you do not need to buy the other Parts, I was disappointed that I could not continue on in the series and learn more vocabulary. Instead, I had to switch to another language system.
This series is awesome. Paul Noble rocks at teaching n00bs like myself. By the end of this, you will be amazed at how much you can understand and say. HIGHLY recommend.
BUT BE WARNED! You only need this one. DO NOT WASTE money on the other 3, becuase they are just the first one broken into three parts. They are the exact same so save your money and only buy number 1!
AWESOME! Sehr Gut!
I always wanted to learn German but have heard horrors stories of hours upon hours spent studying vowels sounds and conjugations. This condenses it and makes it so user friendly. Take the plunge, you will not regret it, Great price too!!
I feel that Paul does a fantastic job of starting slowly for those who have not had any German. I also appreciated his explanations of how some of the words translate from English to German. This book might be a little slow if one has had German in high school. Parts 2 and 3 do not include any additional vocabulary and may be a better choice for those wishing to review something they learned, but have not used for many years.
I rated the performance 4/5 stars because there were a few times that the proper pronunciation was slightly difficult to understand.
Rather than simply present a structured way to learn vocabulary, he approaches instruction as "Hey, I overheard you saying you'd like to learn German. Well, I can help you with that. Why don't we sit down here at this charming café and talk about that"
I have tried other language audio programs, and the same thing happens every time. I get about half way through the first or second cd (or for digital, I guess it would be "file") and I get bored of the rote recitation of more words... its the same thing over and over - rote recitation of vocabulary - then a dialogue. Later, when I want to say something in my new language, my mind tries to access the "list" I learned and then the moment passes. This "list" approach only teaches you how to recite lists - not actually speak the language.
Paul Nobel approaches the German vocabulary instruction by asking you questions in a conversational manner, and in the process of answering the questions, you end up learning words -- it's subtle. Somewhere around the middle of the file, you realize that you actually can speak the language. (I even catch myself thinking in the language)
I can't wait to go on to Level 2!
He is conversational. His instruction is through inquisitive prompting. He's got a really nice easy style -- less "I am a professional radio person doing a radio voice" and more informal and personable.
This is the best program for gaining a firm foundation in the German language when you are teaching yourself. I've tried other audio lessons and podcasts, but even though they say they are for beginners they advance too quickly and the learner (me) gets frustrated and wants to quit. With this program I'm learning German without thinking about it and it is "clicking" with me as never before. Sure, you are not going to be fluent even after going through all four parts of this program, but you will have a solid grip on the language for further study.
Completely new way to learn that is fantastic! You first learn to speak German with the English equivalents. So you are speaking German in English. You don't even know you are speaking German but you are. You learn sentence structure first, THEN you slowly learn real German words. You get comfortable with speaking German before you deep dive. This is perfect for me.
Don't buy any other book, this is the one.
I am largely self taught:Rosetta and other audio CDs and I spent a week in Berlin at a German language school. This was the BEST I have encountered. Word relationships make everything easy.
If you're going to Germany, this is an excellent way to get acquainted with the language. The repetition really drills the words into you.
This waa a brilliant re- introduction and encouraging course for me as I try to get my o level german....finished some 35 years ago . ...back into some semblance of usefulness. He is, perhaps, a little patronizing to his listeners but if you can smile through
that, I do feel it is a very helpful tool
Only tried this one audiobook, but i have a wealth of other German resources and nothing has helped the German language stick like this.
He has a really soothing voice and sounds inviting into the language.
This is the way to learn grammar for anyone who's tried and failed before using different methods. Not a single grammatical term outside of 'verb' is used yet somehow the implicit use of grammar helps you memorise it. I don't know how it works, but it does. After listening for two days i'm easily constructing basic sentences. Yes - BASIC sentences. Don't buy this thinking it will make you fluent, but it will give you a solid grounding which you can add upon later. It does this by adding pieces onto what you've already learned and through a lot of good repetition.
Excellent product, and at the price you can't grumble.
"A ver enjoyable way to learn"
Paul Noble promotes this as being for people who aren't normally very good at languages. As one of these people, I've found it excellent.
The course starts of with some simple concepts that are similar to English - "I Can", "Can I ... ?" and doesn't require or expect the listener to learn vocabulary. In fact we're explicitly told that it's okay to forget. If a piece of vocab or a rule is needed later, we'll be reminded. However, I found that the vocab has stuck with me mostly.
There seems to be a determined refusal to use gramatical terms, no explict conjugation, no lists of words to learn. Each lesson builds on earlier ones. New words are introduced as we might need them. We're taught how to construct sentences in a fairly natural way.
It's a fairly short course. After part 1 I do have the ability to construct fairly complex sentences. "I can't come because it isn't practical" "I have seen it. It is fantastic". "Can you reserve a room, because I can't do it", and I realise the odd word of German I've picked up over time can be added to these sentences. I do find the repetition gets a little tiresome at times. Not jsut of the vocaubulary but of the way to structure a sentence, and how to use the course. The pace is a little slower than I'd like but nothing too serious, and obviously it's better to go too slow than too fast.I have certainly enjoyed this and feel a certain confidence speaking the language, even if what I can say is limited.
Am looking forward to sections 2 and 3.
"Friendly and approachable"
I have tried the Michael Thomas course and, while it was good I found the school teacher style and the way he has to correct the 'students' got to me after a while. Paul's uses a similar approach, but with the German spoken by a native speaker, so it was calmer and more relaxed.
"Der Erste Programme"
Jawohl sehr bestimmt,! Yes most definitely)! Sie haben diese lesen nicht hart gemacht!
Paul Noble he has structured this course into easily learnt stages with excellent recapitulation. The programme is quite easy to follow and anyone who wishes to learn German should have no difficulty in following the various stages
No. But this first stage has impressed me considerably and I will most definitely follow the entire course through it's complete set of stages.
The presentation of stage one was structured so as to make the the subject matter easy to assimilate. The method in which the course is presented and the various phrases are demonnstrated by a German lady speaker are most impressive. I am also very impressed with the manual which accompanies the course
I am 78 years of age and learnt basic German whilst at school 1948/49, I also spent 18 months of my National Service in Germany (Krefeld and Wilhelmshaven) in 1954/55,However this Course is giving me a better understanding of the German language and it's practical application despite my age. Vielen Danke oder Viele Danken.
"good beginner course"
Enjoyed the course. Using a native German speaker avoids the irritation of listening to someone learning the language who is mispronounced the words (sometimes u pick up the misprononciation and its a pain to shake off). it doesn't cover as much ground as the German Michel Thomas course, but what it does cover, it does well. I found the tips relating to the commonality between German and English very useful and the presentation made it easy to recall. I'd highly recommend this course to someone learning a Language for the 1st time.
"Great for beginners"
Really pleased with this purchase!
I would recommend this to anyone who has felt daunted trying to learn basic German. He clearly explains rules which could be confusing and uses phrases which are useful right away. I'm now excited to build on what I've learnt.
"Helpful but not amazing"
Yes, it did help me pick up words and sentences in German
No, to long
The structure of the book was a bit odd, it seemed to start with random words with no much introduction into the basics of German first. For example, I could say 'I would like to park here and she can not drink here' before I could say hello. I did pick up the words quickly though Pauls performance and they have stuck
"Very good value for money"
I think this is the whole Learn German Course as it very long compared to the other Paul Noble audiobooks and it also includes a whole course revision/summary at the end which seems to correspond to book 4 in the series. I am not sure if this is a mistake but for 1 audible credit it is good value compared for the Paul Noble Italian which is going to cost 4 credits for the same length course. Get this and don't bother with books 2,3,4.
I loved the course - although it is light on vocabulary you really do believe you can speak german by the end of it. I went to Austria and started ordering food in german - and they spoke back in german. This is a big compliment because they usually reply in english if they think you are not a native speaker.
Yes - just started the Italian
Where do I go next with german language learning - audio only is my preferred medium. It would be good to have some advice at the end of the course.
"A good aid"
Value for money
I don't think any one method is best for learning a new language so I got this book to complement the web sites and evening class I am doing.
It has been very useful, however, I have only given it three stars for the story because; like any basic language introduction it is for the most part boring. You do get a lot of lesson time for your money with this title.
It was useful enough to make me buy part 2 as well.
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