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Publisher's Summary

Collins Italian 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
  • Numbers
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out

Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool. A native-speaking Italian 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. (Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool.)

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Terrible

The “ato” in “tomato”....come on. There are much better audiobooks to learn Italian than this British nonsensical garbage.

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Mind Numbingly Boring

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I can’t understand why anyone would think that Paul Noble is such a great language teacher. I literally fell asleep just listening to his “ground rules” on the audio sample on this page. I still ordered the program and continued sleeping through it as he droned on endlessly in a low-energy monotone.
I don’t know about you, but I want to speak ITALIAN. If you’ve ever heard real Italians speak, you’ll notice that they are extremely HIGH ENERGY people with a lively language.
To give you some contrast, check out the Power Italian 1 Accelerated by Mark Frobose. The free audio sample will explain why I think “Learn Italian the Natural Way” should be named “Learn Italian (Maybe) While You Sleep”.
Power Italian is much better in every way.
So is “Learn in Your Car Italian” by Penton Overseas. They blast you with a gong every now and then between lessons, but at least you stay awake.
I also learned some Italian with a memory technique that’s almost as good as Frobose’s in Power Italian. It’s the famous Pimsleur programs, which are also quite good, but just use a very limited vocabulary base.

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bad format

What disappointed you about Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1?

I did not feel this format was beneficial to me at all. It was a waste of money. very disappointed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I did not like the back and forth between the narrator and the Italian speaker.

What character would you cut from Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1?

all

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don't buy

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Good but not perfect

Good structure and sets up core principles fairly well.
My only complaint is the person doing the Italian pronunciation could have been more articulate. It is a little bit hard to hear at times.
But I recommend it still.

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boring but good

the narrator's voice and the responders are extremely boring and difficult to hear. However if you turn it up very loudly the information is all very good and easy to learn. Gives you all sorts of relevant information to learning very basic stuff

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  • Hector
  • LAREDO, TX, US
  • 12-11-18

Good learning tool for beginners.

Very easy way to learn basics on italian. I'm not an the type of person that learns from listening, but this audiobook is very easy to follow and learn from

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So easy to follow along and learn

Loved the narrator and the Italian lady who speaks clearly. This provides great instructions of how to conjugate words in an easy way and how to build useful sentences. Looking for part 2 now.

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Bored to death

This book is useless and unbearably boring. Can’t believe anybody could learn Italian following it. I regret having lost a credit in such a silly book.

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  • Vera
  • Canada
  • 05-04-15

Painless and This Works, Really!

Where does Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not a story but it is a fabulous way to learn a language. Fully recommend this program. If you are worried that you can't learn Italian, stop worrying, start listening. Always enjoyed a British accent, bonus.

What other book might you compare Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 to and why?

Not a story, educational. Closest would be one of The Great Courses.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he said....posse prenotare un camera con banjo? My heart melted.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Speak Italian To Me

Any additional comments?

il romantico

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Really good way to learn a language

Gives you time to answer and the vocab is nicely spaced which means it is easy to recall and remember.

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  • GILLIAN
  • 12-23-12

Great introduction into learning Italian.

Learning Italian with Paul Noble was so easy. I suprised myself how easy it was to learn the language using this technique. He also shows you little ways and clues to remember the words and phrases. Just brilliant!!

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  • Andrew
  • 04-22-14

Great value, excellent way to learn

What made the experience of listening to Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

I normally use Michel Thomas method language lessons but initially chose Paul Noble for Italian because of the bad reviews Michel Thomas Italian received. Paul Noble uses a method very similar to Michel Thomas but more methodical and with a native Italian speaker for better pronunciation. On the downside Paul Noble is very slow moving both in terms of progress and slow speaking which I found so irritating that I switched back to Michel Thomas.

However as I found out, the bad reviews of Michel Thomas Italian are well deserved, so found myself switching back to Paul Noble. This time I set the play speed to x1.25 and this made all the difference.

To start learning a new language my experience is that Michel Thomas or Paul Noble is a must. Paul Noble is certainly better value than Michel Thomas but you may prefer Michel Thomas' style like I do. However for Italian I'd strongly recommend you choose Paul Noble.

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  • Adele
  • 03-17-14

Enjoyable to learn Italian

Soon I will go on a holiday to Italy, and the only word I already know in Italian is "Ciao!", which won't get me far. I have always been a bit reserved in acquiring language learning materials, as most are complex and boring, but this book is the very opposite in my opinion and I am looking forward to beginning on book 2!

I like Noble's voice, and the way he explains things in a straight forward way. The pauses you get to repeat the sentences and words are perfect - not too short, and not too long - and the italian voice is also soothing and easy to listen to. There are plenty of repetitions, but I don't mind it. Besides, this is done deliberately, to make you remember more easily, and as time progresses you come back to what you have learned earlier on.

I'm a complete beginner so I found Paul Noble's book very easy and fun to use. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the Italian language.

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  • Sally
  • 12-28-12

The Very Best Starter Course to Learn Italian

My husband and I restore houses in France as a full time job 6 days a week, so the only way I can learn a language is via something that is completely "audio based" - I have no time to study "accompanying booklets or notes". The Paul Noble series of 3 is fautless in this. If you listen to nothing else to learn a language, then this is the absolute MUST to start learning a language. He explains everything so well, his instructions are clear, and there is no gratuitous chat or jokes that others seem to waste so much time in doing. At the end of the three series, I felt confident and happy, and never needed to look at any of the accompanying booklets - fantastic when you really do want to learn via an audio medium. My only critisism - that Paul Noble does not continue with more series. I have tried other options to continue my learning, but nothing compares to his clean and clear way of teaching.

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  • Mike Eardley
  • 10-30-15

I struggled with Italian, until now

I had virtually thrown in the towel with regard to learning Italian, but came across this book and so many mysteries about the language were dispelled very quickly. With previous attempts I had stalled because
Certain elements didn't seem to penetrate my concentration and/or understanding. I found everything was explained perfectly AND I understood all that was conveyed. I have suddenly acquired a greater confidence with the language and eagerly anticipate a steady progress using this and the remaining books in the series. My grateful thanks go to Mr Noble et al.

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  • Zoe
  • 10-04-15

Another great language learning experience

If you could sum up Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

Learning that sticks

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

not applicable!

What does Paul Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His tone & repetition really makes the language learning stick, in a way that other language learning tools often don't.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ha, really can't imagine a film of a language learning audiobook!

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly recommend. Wish he did a sequel or intermediate option to follow.

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  • Siobhan Stapleton
  • 09-12-15

Language learning

It really is very good. You can listen when driving: it doesn't require you to read the screen or type. You can repeat but you don't have to: I'm not so wild about speaking, in terrible Italian, into my phone while shopping.
He uses several different methods to help the "reader" link words and phrases and thus aid recall.

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  • Deborah
  • 09-08-14

A Great Way to Learn a Language

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I consider this Paul Noble series to be about the best audible language learning on the market.

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

No memorable moments, it is all consistently good.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes! I found myself unconsciously remembering most of the lessons.

Any additional comments?

I found the Introduction to be overly long. He did not need to spend 20 or so minutes talking about himself.. However, this is the only grumble I could muster.

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  • Robert
  • 05-17-14

Nearly Perfect

Where does Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The first on language tuition and so undoubtedly the best!

What did you like best about this story?

I've picked up several useful phrases very quickly.

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

Fantastic tuition. Reminds you of thinks diligently without being patronising and has a friendly style that's easy to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

NA

Any additional comments?

The alphabet and numbers were meant to be at the end but didn't appear to be there. This is a fault with Audible's rather than anything else, they obviously didn't think to include it even though it's mentioned by the narrator. Feel a bit shortchanged by that but otherwise this was great!

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  • Suryacitta
  • 09-18-17

Brilliant.

Wonderful. Loved it. Simple, direct and elegant stuff Just hope Paul Noble does advanced series.

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  • Eric
  • 05-20-16

Great way to learn

Picked this book up to check how it worked and was throughly impressed.
I found I was able to take in the information and retain it. I have been using other learning methods for a while but I found I was learning more through this book and far easier.
Books 2 and 3 are now in my library ready to go

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  • Michael
  • 05-17-15

Noble Effort in Effective Language Learning

The effectiveness of any language audio book is very dependent upon your particular learning style. Most rely on repeating phrases in the hope that the listener will eventually absorb and memorise the language, problem is most forget within days. Paul Noble's approach to teaching Italian is radically different and very, very effective. Noble gently and conversationally de-constructs the Italian sentence into an equation with a start, middle and end and uses clever mnemonic devices such as the "Maria and Mario" rule to empower the student in building their own language. Book One of the three book series is full of "I finally get it" moments as Noble the tutor, supported by crystal clear delivery of the Italian phrases from a native italian female speaker, unlocks the recipe to bake your own italian in a clever and engaging way. Buonissimo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

Not structured

I found this course all over the place, some lessons were to advanced for beginners. I found with Pimsleur they focused on 1st contact with Italian is, do you, can you, speak English / Italian. Then progress with what would next be required to connect with Italians e.g 'Where is'

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  • Matthew
  • 09-04-18

This is very easy to follow

Very easy to follow, and I feel I've a good basic knowledge about how the language is structured.

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  • martin d stead
  • 08-05-18

So helpful for my trip to Italy!

I listened to Paul’s audio book while driving to and from work each day (I only have a 20min commute) and it gave me confidence to speak Italian on my recent holiday in Italy. I was able to use so much of what I learned and amazingly I was able to recall the language easily when I needed, because Paul made it so practical and recall was just there! I am buying the French version now for my holiday in France!

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  • Ashley
  • 06-12-18

Great

Great flow to the book. Great teaching style. I am seeking more. makes the learning enjoyable.

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  • Thomas
  • 05-29-18

great!!!

excellent book. feat education tool. loved it, I learn do much and am moving onto book two

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-18

Brilliant!

Paul's teaching method and simple explanations of how the Italian language is formed was easy to follow and understand. We now feel a lot more confident heading to Italy. Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-18

Really useful course

This course was everything it promised. I’d tried several different ways to learn Italian and this was the one that worked. I’m now onto the third book on audible. The lessons are very well structured and recapitulate without being repetitive. I appreciate that Paul uses a native Italian speaker to articulate the language. The only drawback was that he refers to the workbook in several instances. However you can access this as a free download from the publishers. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-17

better than duolingo that is for sure

I learned and retained more in one chapter than I have learned in months by other means.