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Publisher's Summary

Collins Spanish 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 studying. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.

Part 1 of the course covers:

  • Language ground rules
  • The use of the past tense
  • Asking questions
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out

Two native-speaking Spanish experts help 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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Very slow

Good start if you are traveling to Spanish speaking country. Not for everyday natural conversations.

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so slow, learned nothing

so slow, I learned very little. very repetative. I would instead recommend you listen to the podcast called "light speed spanish" particularly the "light speed Spanish vocabulary" series. a MILLION time better. and free!

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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No Bueno

Just not a fan of the delivery or the style of learning in this audible.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Have you prepared the paella?

Be prepared to spend the entire first lesson learning this phrase. Not useful! Buy Pimsleur.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Not so good: Difficult to revise.

What would have made Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 better?

The tape was divided only into 4 parts making it impossible to go back a short way and revise.(as with the German one). Have to go back to the beginning of first section and listen to all the blurb. Boring.

What was most disappointing about Paul Noble’s story?

As above

How could the performance have been better?

Dividing the whole performance into many chapters instead of just 4.

Any additional comments?

The two Spanish speakers were fine with speaking Spanish as in Spain and the other South American Spanish.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Nerd Spanish

Boring, dry, and weird ways of saying things. I'm pretty sure this guy doesn't speak the language he's attempting to teach. The format is weird and the phrases are weird. First part spent a lit of time asking if stuff was romantic...it isn't now...it isn't now.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Just didn't care for it.

What would have made Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 better?

I don't mean to be a jerk, but trying to learn Spanish from someone with a British accent made me have to do double duty deciphering and I just didn't like that.

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

Nothing.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Would prefer listening to someone that spoke American English or English with a Spanish accent

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1?

None

Any additional comments?

couldn't hold my attention

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Wtf

Why is it so that when you have your two speakers saying the different pronojnciations for Latin American and Castilian.... they are all different. The guy will say something like “reservacion” and then the girl will say “rese” and that’s it. Sounds to me like the recordings aren’t correct and parts have been clipped out. This happens about every 2 or 3 words you’re trying to teach us. Pretty hard to learn when you can’t hear what they are saying

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Get Part 1-3 books, WARNING - do not buy part 4

Would you consider the audio edition of Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 to be better than the print version?

This is part 1 which has a good chunk of material although he drones on a bit in the intro.

Bought all 4 books in the series, 1-3 were good and have 3-4 hours worth of material. Part 4 shocked me when it was only 19minutes and as such was a pure rippoff.

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Errors on central points

I struggled to understand one word extensively used Queser I asked a Spanish native in her final year of a master to become a teacher and she said its not used. This is also my experience having spent months in Spain. Besides, a lit of boring lengthy English explanations very little learning.

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  • David
  • 04-09-13

So Far So Good

Learning a new language has always been a new years resolution but one I have never been able to grasp hold of mainly due to not having enough time. This audio book has really been the answer for me. Whilst actively encouraged throughout the narrative not to make notes its great to listen to in the car and full of easy to understand hints and tips for grasping the language. The street cred I may have lost sat at traffic lights talking to myself (in spanish) I hope to redress once on my hols with my new found language skills. Highly reccomend and if like me not an academic person by nature an enjoyable way of learning. Gratias!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • 03-16-13

Makes it all so easy

Paul really has found an all new way of teaching a foreign language to novices like myself. Both myself and my daughter are enjoiying learning Spanish and with ease too. Thank you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Annavini
  • 12-23-12

Well structured and easy to learn

I prefer to learn languages with face-to-face contact however I found Paul Noble's audio course is really helpful and easy to understand. It is well structured and clearly explained. It contains description of language peculiarities which helps to learn the language faster and acquire deeper understanding of it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • 02-07-12

You will not believe this course

I honestly believed that I just did not have what it takes to learn a second language properly. Having tried several methods over the years - All I have ever picked up are a few useful phrases (Parrot fashion). After completing just part one of "Spanish with Paul Noble" I really feel that I am begining to understand the structure on the language as I have never been able to before - I am able to construct meaningful sentences as in a normal, everyday, conversation. My confidence that I shall actually learn another language has never been higher, Thank you so much

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 04-11-13

Absolutely amazing

Amazing.

I didn't know any Spanish.

I did all parts of the course (parts 1-3 and the course review), and now I'm very confident with where I am.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • E. J. Hever
  • 12-26-12

Renewed interest in Spanish

Tried many audio courses in the past but this is the best I have found.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • ChloetheMum
  • 07-17-12

Quite effective for learning a language

Having learned other languages the conventional way at school, I was interested to see how I would fare with this method. I'm happy to say that it works. Of course, there's only time for the very basics on this book, but it gives you a starting point, and gives you a bit of confidence. You'd probably enjoy practising what you've learned while on holiday, or chatting with your (bemused) family around the house . . . .

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Gwyneth Smith
  • 04-20-11

Excellent method, fast and confidence building

I selected this method of learning Spanish as traditional methods haven't worked for me, It's brilliant, I listen whilst walking my dog and so am able to invest plenty of time, really enjoyable, I started using my new language immedately.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Oliver
  • 12-07-15

Genius

I've tried listening to podcasts, using apps, and even Rosetta stones Spanish course, but none of them have come close to this in getting me to actually be able to speak Spanish in a functional way.

Paul noble is so good at teaching, he knows and predicts where you might go wrong and corrects your mistakes, almost like having a 1 on 1 session.

It will have you forming full sentences in just minutes, and explain how Spanish words have come into English and visa versa to give you a huge vocabulary instantly. To become fluent you have to purchase the other parts, but this is definitely the best place to start.

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  • vintage
  • 11-20-15

excellent

good place to start but don't count on being able to understand people when they talk to you.

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  • Metal God JR
  • 09-23-16

Absolutely Brilliant!

I've been listening to this volume for about 3 1/2 weeks and I'm really blown away by hpw quickly I'm picking it up. Between this and Duolingo I've been able to watch simple educational Spanish TV shows and pick up a huge chunk of the vocabulary and grammar structure. $7 is a bloody bargain!

Will be buying every volume!

Gracias Paul Noble. Su libro es mucho gusto.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • gideon.matthews
  • 09-08-16

Fantastic!

I am pretty bad with languages, tried several times to study Spanish, French and other ones with no success. Here there is a strong belief that this time I will succeed. The study works well with commuting to work and back.

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  • Stu Loxton
  • 10-10-18

Brilliant

I've never found learning a language so easy. This makes the process pretty much effortless and you'll find yourself picking up a large vocabulary and decent sentence construction very quickly. Would highly recommend this audiobook

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  • Jason B
  • 09-01-18

Amazingly intuitive teaching and fun style

I never thought it would be this easy to learn a new language. Love the teaching style and its useful and fun.

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  • Donna
  • 08-28-18

Fantastico!<br />

Great easy format which made learning very enjoyable. Far from being able to speak fluet Spanish yet, but will definitely get more of this series.

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  • Nick Pollack
  • 05-23-18

Remarkably this works

Very easy to follow the instructions. And everything eventually gets repeated so even if you struggle with some phrases (inevitable really) you get a chance later to cover it all again. Really impressed with this audiobook!

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  • Bezelthia
  • 02-17-18

Brilliant!

This is such a good way to learn a language. Words introduced and repeated. Brilliant.

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  • Daniel Stranger
  • 01-17-18

The best way to learn Spanish.

Perfect, start to finish. The pacing works well with even the most raw learner, the content is sounds, and I picked it up much quicker than I anticipated.

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  • Reingoat
  • 12-24-17

Superb

An excellently paced course by someone who obviously understands how to teach. I thought this course was absolutely superb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-17

Absolutely amazing

cant give this enough credit! best language learning program i have come by! the style this is taught in is just perfect for everyone! just awesome is all i can say! will be getting the other two parts for sure!